“Your Name” is Finally Here!

     Finally, Your Name is getting its official Western release this April, with cinemas screening both the original Japanese audio with subtitles and a new English dub.  Your Name is an anime body-swap love story from Japanese writer and director Makoto Shinkai that took the world by storm in 2016. A critical and commercial success, the film went on to earn more than $328 million worldwide, unseating long-time classic Spirited Away as the highest-grossing anime film of all time.

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A Night Under Moonlight: A Community Event

        This past week FIU hosted a screening and discussion of Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight. Despite having seen it twice already, this viewing was a very different experience from the ones I’ve had in the movie theater. Filling the room to capacity, the crowd here was completely in sync, heavily invested in the film’s exploration of race and sexuality, as well as in its setting that reflected where many of them live and face their own struggles.

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Be a Film Studies Intern, No Experience Necessary


The film studies program is looking for summer and fall interns. If you are interested in developing social media skills and learning more about the Miami film scene, you have what it takes.

Former interns have gone on to win Miami Film Development Project grant, are working screenwriters, and have won employment in the Miami film community in such organizations as the Coral Gables Art Cinema and the Miami Jewish Film Festival.

Interns register for FIL 4940, with a sliding scale of credits based on hours. You will work directly with Dr. Strycharski, Director of the film studies certificate program.

We are keen to find one or two interns for Summer A, and several interns for the fall. If you are interested, please drop Dr. Strycharski a line.

Five Questions with Dr. Elizabeth Scarbrough

Professor Elizabeth Scarbrough is a recent and welcome addition to the Florida International University’s philosophy department. With an impressive academic background under her belt, a Masters and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and Washington, respectively, and a burning love for all things art, she’s a warm, insightful teacher looking to bring new topics to students at FIU, starting with the study of philosophical questions regarding cinema.

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Films and Lecture for Aboriginal Women’s Art at the Frost

Galka, an Aboriginal Horror Short film by Ishmael Marika.

On April 29th, the Frost Art Museum will be hosting an event for their Marking the Infinite exhibit.  Please join Director, Dr. Margo Smith from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and special guests Wukun Wanambi, Yinimala Gumana from Yirrkala, Australia and Kade Mcdonald as they discuss the work of three artists featured in Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia. A program of short films from The Mulka Project at Yirrkala will follow the discussion in the museum galleries. The films include the innovative horror short Galka, as well as Gapu Ga Gunda: The Art of Noŋgirriŋa Marawili, Mayan, Buku-ḻup, and Lak lak: – The Colours of Laŋani Marika – Yeriŋaniŋ. The event will start at 2 PM and will last until 4 PM.

This event is free and open to the public. You can find more information and  RSVP here.