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Board Of Directors

Stephanie MartinoStephanie Martino, Founder / President

Stephanie Martino is a veteran of the non-profit sector since 1989; she brings to the organization a depth of experience in the development and coordination of film programs, workshops, special events, grant writing, marketing and public relations. She has been responsible for developing new funding sources and expanding the programs over the past several years. Stephanie has also served as Executive Director from 1989 to 2004for the Miami Film Festival and the Ad Fed of Greater Miami. During that time, she implemented and coordinated the logistics for their major annual events, developed fundraising, and membership programs. She also has also produced 6 annual Israel Film Festivals, in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

 

Michelle MassanetMichelle Massanet, Producer / Vice President

Ms. Massanet has established herself as well as an international producer after founding NomNom Productions, in Montreal with her partners out of the UK and Moscow, for the sole purpose of making content creation more global and focusing on bringing markets together in whichever regions are most beneficial to the production. Since co-founding Garnet Productions in 2002, Ms. Massanet has been showing off the best parts of Miami as a Producer/Director for prime time and cable networks. While at the same time making sure that the independent spirit with which Garnet Productions was founded is fed yearly by collaborating on pro-social projects, narratives, and cause related initiative. Ms. Massanet has worked as an independent contractor for the following companies: MTV, VH-1, MTV Latino, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Columbia Pictures, Telemundo, Univision, CBS Production.

 

Tim SchwaeglerTim Schwaegler, Secretary

Tim is a graduate from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science in Journalism. He moved to Miami two years ago and began working as an associate producer at the Nightly Business Report, a nationally broadcast news program on PBS. He was in charge of all of their social media outlets including the management of their website. Currently he is freelancing for a local media production company as a videographer and editor.

 

Ana AlbaAna Alba, Treasurer

A film lover and photography enthusiast. She was exposed to the entertainment world at an early age, which led her to later explore the business sector of film and broadcast. She attended the University of Miami, where she graduated with a degree in Advertising and Psychology and is now an active member of the local film community.

 

 

Carmen FlescherCarmen Flescher, Director

Carmen Flescher was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts just a few blocks away from the Coolidge Corner movie theater that plays foreign and independent movies.. Carmen's mother, then president of the local Brussels, Belgium Movie Fan Club, exposed her to movies of the 40's and 50's, imbuing in her an early love for the cinematic arts. Throughout her years living in New England, Los Angeles, and New York City, Carmen immersed herself in the worlds of art, film, fashion, and theatre. In 1987, Carmen moved to Miami and fell in love with the city's just-burgeoning cultural scene. She has remained passionately committed to the community and arts in Miami and is a devoted volunteer for many of the local film festivals and other art events. Carmen has also been a steadfast supporter of non-profit organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and worked in Community Relations at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation for 14 years. She is the director of Professional Patient Solutions, where she teaches clinical skills to medical students.

 

The Florida Film Institute (FFI) was established to provide students and adults with a nurturing and hands-on environment in the field of Media Arts. Since its inception in 1992, FFI has mentored over 6,320 middle and high school students from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. FFI strives to provide a nurturing environment to teach the art, business and science of filmmaking, so that the participants may have the confidence and experience necessary to consider it as a viable career path.
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