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

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

Fall Talkback Series Kicks Off with Ixcanul

A vigorous discussion followed the screening of Ixcanul (2015, Guatemala and France) this past Wednesday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. A diverse crowd, including community members, faculty, and students of local universities, and even a friend of the film’s director turned out for the latest in the “Talkback” series, a co-venture of the Cinema and the FIU Film Studies program.

ixcanul01CGAC’s Ben Delgado joins Andrew Strycharski during discussion

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Join us for a screening and discussion of Ixcanul at the Coral Gables Art Cinema on Wednesday, September 14 at 6:45 PM. Dr. Andrew Strycharski, FIU director of Film Studies, will lead a conversation about the film to the audience.

In his debut feature, Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante tells the hypnotic story about Maria, a young Mayan woman who lives and works on a coffee plantation with her parents right beside an active Volcano in Guatemala. A marriage to a plantation overseer has been arranged for Maria, although she is not sure if she wants to abide by her family’s traditions any longer, and believes that a brighter future awaits her somewhere else. She sees that possibility in Pepe, a coffee cutter who plans on migrating to the US.

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Exclusive Screening of “Indignation”

The Miami Jewish Film Festival is pleased to invite you to its exclusive presentation of one of the year’s most acclaimed films and sure-fire Oscar contender’s, Indignation, on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30pm at Regal Cinemas South Beach. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and producer James Schamus (The Ice StormBrokeback Mountain) directs this exquisite period portrait of a young Jewish man at a crossroads. Adapting Philip Roth’s novel with warmth and faithfulness, Schamus elicits support from a universally top-of-their-game cast, highlighted by a blistering turn by Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a WallflowerFury) and Sarah Gadon (Enemy, A Dangerous Method).

Stars Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in an extended discussion after the screening!
RSVP at info@miamijewishfilmfestival.org


Join us for a screening and discussion of The Clan at the Coral Gables Art Cinema on Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 PM. Dr. Andrew Strycharski, FIU director of Film Studies, will lead the conversation about the film with the audience.

Acclaimed director Pablo Trapero gives us a gripping story based on the Puccio criminal family of Argentina. The patriarch of the family,  Arquímedes Puccio, was once a hitman for the military. After the restoration of democracy in the early 1980s, Arquímedes becomes unemployed and resorts to kidnapping people for money.

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Join us for The Secret in their Eyes, the third film in our International Noir screening and discussion Series, on Thursday March 31st at 3:30 PM in CBC 140.

Winner of the 2009 Oscar for best foreign language film, Campanella’s gripping crime drama inventively uses a cold case murder mystery that frames Argentina’s Dirty War and military dictatorship. The film swept the Argentinean Academy awards, as well as winning numerous international awards in addition to its American Oscar.

The International Noir series is graciously sponsored by FIU’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment. This film is co-sponsored FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.