Stephanie Martino, CINEMA Director
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 the CINEMA programs, and workshops. Ms. Martinos vast experience in Pre and Post production are vital to the student films that are produced in the programs. The Institute instructors are comprised of local and national film industry professionals, who work in the field to teach the classes in the high schools and the weekend workshops. This combination has proven to be the best way to reach these students and adults.
“CINEMA is designed to empower aspiring young filmmakers. Besides the aesthetic and technical basis of the discipline we will discuss the business environment of the production, in order to realistically prepare our students for a career in the film industry, specifically in Florida.”
Iris B. Cegarra, Director & Producer
American-Venezuelan independent filmmaker, Director, Producer, and Editor Iris B. Cegarra Arbelaez has been dedicated to film and video production for the last ten years. She has directed several documentaries such as award winning and world acclaimed Darkbeat: An Electro World Voyage (2006) and Making Of A Spectacle (20011-present), music videos, and a national TV commercial for Circle K's "Polar Pop." She's has also edited commercials for MTV Tr3s "Dame Un Break" and Starz Encore en Español.
Iris B. Cegarra Arbelaez has a Masters in Film Production and is a certified Final Cut Pro User and Instructor.
Philip Colodetti, Music Production & Engineering
He has degrees in both Music and Music Business from Miami Dade College. His 18-year track record, however, is not limited to music production. Phil has worked on several films in the field recording and post production department handling Dialog editing, ADR, Sound editing, and Mixing Surround Sound. For the past two years, he has been teaching at Miami Dade College. He loves to teach and is a great asset to the sound team.
Louis De Priest, Assistant Site Coordinator
Mr. De Priest is the TV Production Instructor at Miami Lakes Education Center. After graduating with a B.A. in Mass Communications from FSU, Louis started his career in TV at a PBS station in Jacksonville, Florida. Louis has shot, edited and directed most forms of videos and film. From Coca Cola, Burger King, Winn Dixie and Ford commercials to Feature and Short films. In the early 80's he worked on "Miami Vice" and started teaching in 1986. He has taught all levels of TV production from University, Adult Education to High School. In the 90's Louis earned his M.S. in Vocational Education. All the while continuing to run a small video production company, "Hired Gun Films". Every year his classes continue to win awards for their outstanding work. In 2016 one of his student won a National Award for the best PSA in the country. Mr. De Priest has supported the work of FFI since the beginning and hopes to continue after his retirement.
Giovanni Fabietti, Director & Producer
I had four mentors as a young filmmaker, a small crowd source of practical knowledge in camera work, lighting, editing and directing. This knowledge was inherited from the fledgling Cuban color television industry and revolutionary documentary filmmakers of the 1950â€™s. Having worked in a developing Latin-American film community, my skill range has broadened with experience in 16 & 35mm film, laboratory administration, videography, film & digital editing, directing, and more unique disciplines including time laps work and high speed to aerial cinematography. My ability to bring together the right crew, and execute with on time delivery, has kept me in the film industry for over 35 years.
Meagan Lewis, Site Coordinator
Meagan has been involved in the entertainment business for over twelve years. Prior to moving to South Florida, Meagan was in Los Angeles where she garnered casting and pre/post production experience while working on numerous TV shows and short films. Once she arrived in Miami, Meagan got very involved with the local film community. She has co-produced short film and music video contests and has coordinated many entertainment networking events, including film based seminars and screen writing workshops. Meagan's most recent job was at a local talent agency where she loved being a film/tv agent for actors. Meagan is very excited to be a part of FFI and is looking forward to working with new filmmakers!
Claudio Marcotulli, Director & Producer
Venezuelan-born, Claudio received his B.F.A. in Communications from Emerson College in Boston and his M.F.A in Film Production from the Miami International University of Art and Design. Parallel to his freelance work as producer and director of feature and independent films, he worked with Venevisión Continental, producing and directing broadcast content. Claudio has over 12 years of experience as aerial cinematographer and filmmaker, building and flying his own radio-controlled (RC) helicopters. He likes integrating aerial footage into his commercial video productions, which include real state, music business and marketing clients. He taught Film Production and other courses at Miami Dade College for five years. Claudio has also collaborated with Miami-based choreographer Pioneer Winter, spoken word artist Oscar Fuentes and theater director Jose Manuel Dominguez, mixing film with other genres. Biscayne Blues, Claudio's most recent short film, combines aerial and underwater cinematography.
Chichi Pierce, Assistant Site Coordinator
Chichi Pierce is the TV/Film Production instructor at Miami Beach Senior High. She comes directly from the industry as a producer in New York. She worked in small production companies producing for Nickelodeon, HBO, Lifetime, Court TV, National Geographic, A&E and more. She started out in animation and moved into mixed media; working in mediums such as commercials, IDs, children's series and informationals. She then got very involved in real stories, producing Nick News for Linda Ellerbee. That grew into a love for documentaries. As a graphic designer and painter she was the creator of 3d&i, the webby award winning website in 2001. Chichi's production classes mimic that of a production company. She has been teaching for ten years and creates a hands-on teaching environment where students learn the ins & outs of production.
Arturo Sande, Writer / Producer
After serving time in the military, Arturo Sande earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and quickly immersed himself in the broadcasting world. A producer and writer, Arturo has worked with landmark-industry networks such as Mundos, Univision, VH-1 and Telemundo. His credits include "VH-1 Behind the Music", "Despierta América", and "Decisiones" amongst others. He has worked in TV Commercials for McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Sears and General Motors. In 2007, Arturo was selected to participate in the "Creative Summit with Nickelodeon", a workshop designed to train new talents in the art of creative writing and of transforming ideas and concepts into production. Arturo also completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and has served as a member of the Jury for the Miami International Film Festival. He is currently developing several film and TV scripts.
Santiago Sierra, Actor
Santi began his studies in drama at Grupo Prometeo with Teresa Maria Rojas and Larry Villanueva in 2000. In the theater, he has appeared in The Voyager without Baggage, Ms. Tessa Triff's Been Drinking, and on the international tour of El Cuento de Rene, in Casa de Teatro, Santo Domingo, D.R. In television, he has appeared on Venevision's Pecadora, Sacrificio de Mujer, and Telemundo's Mas Sabe el Diablo, Perro Amor, and Aurora.
Deana Williams, Director
Deana studied film at Ai Miami International University of Art & Design. Upon graduation, Deana worked on several commercials and music video shoots while she worked as a Theatre Manager of the South Beach Regal Entertainment Group. There she mastered the projection booth, and worked alongside a number of notable film festivals including the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival. Following that, Deana obtained another Management position with Miami Dade College’s School of Entertainment & Design Technologies where she helps students develop their skills as filmmakers while still working on her own film projects in the Miami area.