One hundred and twenty-five films from 40 countries.
That's what the 32nd Edition of the Miami International Film Festival is all about. And festival organizers made a significant change this year. Previously, short films under thirty minutes made in Florida that had already premiered in the state weren't eligible to exhibit during the festival. This year, they are.
During a recent Florida Roundup, host Christine DiMattei spoke with South Florida film critic Hans Morgenstern about some homegrown filmmakers already causing a stir in the festival circuit:
About 250 people lined up for a job fair hosted by The Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on Thursday near downtown Miami to hire workers for the construction of the Florida Film and Television Center.
North Carolina film company EUE/Screen Gems Studios has partnered with the Omni CRA to build the 82,000-square-foot studio at Northwest Miami Court and 14th Street.
Pieter Bockweg is the executive director of the Omni CRA. He says not only will the studio create jobs in the community but it will revitalize the area.
01/16/15 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, documentarian, Mark Moormann, brings us the details about his upcoming film, The Record Man, about how Henry Stone exported the music of Miami to the world.
A filmmaking company from North Carolina will be building a new state-of-the-art production studio near downtown Miami. It’s an effort by the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to revitalize 14th Street and provide filmmakers incentives to shoot in South Florida.
The construction of the 70,000-square-foot production studio, called Florida Film and Television Center, is already underway. It will be located on Northwest Miami Court and 14th Street.
Organizers of the Borscht Film Festival say it's about telling the stories of the region by people who are from the area.
"We tell unique Florida stories, unique Miami stories," says Borscht veteran Jillian Mayer. "Miami and Florida is often portrayed a certain way in the media, and that's most likely a result of previous cinematic work that's come out of here."
Mayer says it's those Miami stereotypes that they want to avoid.