Five Questions: Igor Shteyrenberg of Popcorn Frights

“Never lose a holy curiosity,” says the co-director of Popcorn Frights, Miami’s first and only horror film festival.

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One of the most prominent figures in the Miami film scene, Igor Shteyrenberg is filled with boundless energy . A graduate of USC’s film school, Igor worked on the Miami International Film Festival  before moving on to becoming the youngest ever director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival. Igor believes, above all, that the films a community is exposed to are powerful tools for bonding.  We had the opportunity to ask him five questions about his latest project: Popcorn Frights, Miami’s first horror film festival.

Well, to start us off, why a genre-specific film festival? And why Horror? Continue reading Five Questions: Igor Shteyrenberg of Popcorn Frights

Filmmaker Profile: Danniel Rodriguez

Former Film Studies student, Danniel Rodriguez talks about winning the MFDP grant, his work on the Oscar-buzz-generating Moonlight, and how FIU students can break into the biz.

FIU alum Danniel Rodriguez
FIU Alum Danniel Rodriguez

Danniel Rodriguez graduated from FIU in 2015. He has recently won a Miami Film Development Project grant for his second narrative short, Habana Boxing Club, currently in pre-production. Only 24, Danniel has a growing relevance in the local film scene, evidenced by his work on HBO’s Ballers and the Miami-based film Moonlight, which premiered to rave reviews and Oscar whispers at the Toronto Film Festival. He shared his experience with us and offered his advice on career development.

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MIFF’s Big Little Festival, GEMS, Set to Kick Off

The Miami International Film Festival is set to host GEMS, its annual fall mini-festival highlighting recent cinematic “jewels” such as Oscar contenders and award winners. The lineup features two foreign films set to compete for the Oscar: Toni Erdmann, a German comedy about a father-daughter relationship, and the Chilean Neruda, an account of the famous poet’s troubles in a politically fraught Chile. GEMS will be the first festival in Florida to screen these films. Continue reading MIFF’s Big Little Festival, GEMS, Set to Kick Off

Diliana Alexander: Professor, Filmmaker, and Producer

Diliana Alexander, producer, independent filmmaker, and the executive director of FilmGate, is challenging film studies students in her Magic Realism in Eastern European Cinema class.  The students are enthusiastic and have been able to approach her with the ideas they have for making films and other projects.

Professor Diliana Alexander
Professor Diliana Alexander


FilmGate
is a nonprofit organization that supports independent filmmakers and actors in Florida. They’re holding a creative conference in February that explores how new technology influences the future of storytelling like virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and mixed media.

I had the privilege to interview Professor Alexander this week. She has advice on the art of filmmaking and production for FIU students. Continue reading Diliana Alexander: Professor, Filmmaker, and Producer