On April 6, 1993, a seventeen-year-old Zairian immigrant, Makome M’Bowole, was killed while unarmed and handcuffed to a radiator in police custody in Paris, France. What the French police would go on to call an “accident” became another incident in a widespread problem in France at the time, where over three hundred detained and unarmed people had been killed in police custody since the early 80s. Riots were commonplace after these killings in the communities of the victims, which were impoverished and comprised of racial and ethnic minorities as well as immigrants.
It is hard to find anything redeeming about Steven Knight’s new film Serenity. The director, who also wrote and produced the film, delivers a movie completely lacking any self-awareness with a shaky premise, woeful one-liners, and a baffling plot. It should have been telling that a film with this much star power would see its release date pushed back twice.
The Second Annual Panther Film Festival will be here in April! Next Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the Film Studies Program will be hosting the first PFF Mixer of the Spring Semester from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the patio area behind the English Department (4th Floor of DM, directional posters will be available that day). Come by to learn more about the festival, how to enter a short film, and meet possible collaborators. Snack will be provided.
Iranian director Ali Abbasi delivers an intense tale about the treatment of outsiders and the quest for self-acceptance that moves and perplexes. Border is the director’s second feature work, who wrote the film alongside Isabella Eklof and John Ajvide Linqvist. The film’s screening at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival earned it the Un Certain Regard award and it has been selected as the Swedish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards.
The January 6, 2019 deadline for the Panther Screenplay Competition is closer than you think! Thanks to our sponsor the Coral Gables Art Cinema, the winning screenplay of the competition will be awarded a 1-year membership to the CGAC’s After-Hours Program! To be considered eligible, screenplay submissions must be delivered no later than 11:59 PM on the day of the deadline, which is January 6, the Sunday before the Spring semester begins. Submit your screenplay in either PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org or as a print copy to Dr. Strycharski’s mailbox in the English Department on the fourth floor of DM (Deuxieme Mansion MMC).
For its 20th anniversary, superb animator Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue is getting a nationwide theatre release. Luckily for fans of Kon’s chilling psychological thriller, the Coral Gables Art Cinema will be hosting a screening of the film as part of their After Hours program this Saturday, October 6th, at 11:30pm. Kon’s directorial debut showcases his skillful animation style and penchant for stories with dreamlike qualities, and in Perfect Blue’s case, we get a nightmarish glimpse into a woman stripped of her personhood.
Building on the success of last week’s events, the Panther Film Festival will be coordinating more workshops and mixers, including a second, “roll-up-your-sleeves” workshop next Wednesday (September 26) from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, in The Center for Excellence in Writing (GL 125).
Screenwriters or FIU filmmakers are encouraged to bring any screenplay or story idea they have and get constructive feedback on their work. Writing Center Coordinator Charles Donate and local filmmaker Manuel Delgadillo will be expanding on the insightful foundational elements of screenwriting they presented in their first workshop last Tuesday. Whether it’s a developed screenplay or simply an idea for a future short film, Charles, Manny, and other screenwriters will be there to help. Future screenwriting workshops, will focus on specific skills such as developing dynamic characters and writing interesting dialogue.