Since 2004, Dr. Frank Luca has split his time as a professor of History at FIU and Chief Librarian at The Wolfsonian. He received a Ph. D. from FIU in 2005 with a focus on Ethnohistory and Colonial Latin America. He has successfully fused his passion for both American history and film with his courses on America and Movies (AMH 3317).
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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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With the upcoming screening of Forbidden Planet being hosted by the Film Studies Program and the College of Architecture and the Arts (Thursday 3/30 @ 6:30 on the PCA Roof), we decided to interview David Rifkind, who is the Associate Dean of Student Success in CARTA and an Associate Professor of Architecture.
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Award-winning filmmaker and FIU alum, Gabriel Rhenals, talks about starting a company and his latest festival run. Gabriel has several short films under his belt and he’s been featured at events like the Miami Short Film Festival. With accolades like “Best Screenplay,” Gabriel is quickly becoming someone to watch. He assures us that the most essential resource for anyone planning to make a film is a dream.
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Dana Keith, Director of the Miami Beach Cinematheque and founder of the Miami Beach Film Society, talks about the value of art theaters, the unique vibe of his cinema/museum, and how to make a life’s work from love of movies.
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Intern and aspiring filmmaker, Pierina Hidalgo, talks about her work for the film studies program and her plans for the future. She believes that there are unique lessons in internships that students do not encounter in a traditional classroom. We asked her all about them.
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Craig McGill is English department advisor, film studies professor, and advises the Film Club at FIU. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he has published on Disney and Sweeny Todd. We talked about movie scores, his Queer Cinema course, and how the musical saved Disney. Continue reading Five Questions: Craig McGill