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.”

Meagan Lewis

Lead Site Coordinator

Meagan has been involved in the entertainment business for over 23 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 last job before being hired for FFI 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 always looking forward to working with unique and inspiring filmmakers!

Cristina Fabietti

Program Manager

I've been interested in the arts since I was a young child, as a dancer, artist. I attended Virginia Intermont College as an Art Major, and eventually completing my College Degree at New York School of Interior Design. I have been involved in filmmaking as a co-owner of CINEPRO Inc, for the many decades as we have produced films in all of Latin America and for the Spanish speaking commercial market in the USA. My duties covered mostly administrative work as executive producer, and as producer coordinating all the crews from set-designers to makeup- artists. As a volunteer I have been involved in coordinating children's activities, including Shake-A-Leg Coconut Grove, and University Baptist Church Sunday School activities. And this summer I volunteer with FFI Summer Camp at Coral Gables Theater.

Lisa Espinosa

Assistant Site Coordinator

My professional career has taken me many places including back to NBC6 as an Assignment Editor, Bureau Chief for Florida's News Channel and Executive Producer of Joule Entertainment. In 2002 I decided to become a public servant and work for the city I love so dearly, Hialeah. I eventually became the Supervisor for the Special Events Department. One of my duties as supervisor was hiring new employees for the department. Then one day I decided I would be serving my city better as a teacher. Currently, I teach Digital Media, levels 1-4. On any given day you will find my students filming scenes around the school for their projects, running around taking pictures, producing the morning announcements and photoshopping themselves onto renaissance paintings... it's all in a day's work.

Andy Lopez

Assistant Site Coordinator

I am a young Visual Arts artist. Originally from Cuba, I came to this country when I was ten years old and ever since then my passion for Visual Arts has just gotten deeper and deeper. Visual Arts for me is not just a career or a hobby, it is also a way of expressing myself and showcasing my emotions as an artist. As a kid I remember being the one wanting to always take the group picture or trying to film all the family moments with an old camera my dad had. I finally started pursuing my passion with the help of Florida Film Institute and the help of my High School teacher who inspired me and taught me that I can be anything and achieve anything I propose myself in life. "Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." - Dorothea Lange

Juan Moreno

Assistant Site Coordinator

Juan Moreno will be celebrating his 20th year as a teacher during the 2018-2019 school year! He currently teaches Film Studies at John A. Ferguson Senior High School in West Kendall. The Film Studies program at Ferguson is part of the school’s DASH Visual Marts Magnet. The program consists of four years of study in the cinematic arts as well as International Baccalaureate Film Studies, a rigorous advanced academic program. Juan is proud of Ferguson Film; graduates of the program have moved on to prestigious films schools as well careers in the film industry. Many of his “kids” are also alumni of the Florida Film Institute!

Matt Brenowitz

Editor & Music Production & Engineering

Matthew Brenowitz got his first video camera at the age of 7. A decade later, he was already making films, Djing, & producing music. After graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Communications Media from State University of New York at New Paltz, Matthew polished his production skills working at several prestigious media companies, including Canvas Films. Matthew is experienced in all professional grade video, music, and graphic production programs. After producing several national commercials Matthew founded Up All Night Productions. Up All Night is a full service innovative Business Marketing Solutions company with a body of work including television commercials, radio advertisements, websites, and print. In 2004, Matthew built a music recording and video post-production studio facility. Shortly afterwards he Produced, Directed, and Edited the CBS Viacom nationally syndicated TV show “On the Mike with Mike Sherman“. Matthew's expertise and experience is a huge asset contributing to the growth and success of the students at Florida Film Institute.

Philip Colodetti

Music Production & Engineering

Phil has degrees in Music, Music Business, and Information Tech from Miami Dade College. His 25-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. One of his most rewarding tasks was to record, edit, and mix the audio for the film “For Once in My Life”, a true story of the lives of disabled workers at the Goodwill organization, and their healing path through music. On the musical side, Phil highlights the Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated CD from PALO!, Miami's prime Afro Cuban Funk band, and Latin Grammy winning CD Mamblue from Dr. Ed Calle. Phil also works with live sound and has teamed up with Miami Dade College to produce the 2-time Emmy Award-winning Video Game and Anime Concert. This live multimedia experience comprises a 60-piece live orchestra that plays synchronized to video game play and surround sound effects. Repertoire includes soundtracks from Mario, Naruto, Final Fantasy, Halo, Pokémon, and others. He loves to share his knowledge through teaching and is a great asset to the sound team.

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 1950'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.

Gustavo Hernandez

Director, Producer, Writer & Editor

Multi-award winning filmmaker with over 20 years of experience working for the entertainment industry, focusing on Features, Short Films, Series, Sitcoms, Game shows, Talk shows, Documentaries, Commercials, TV Promos, and Music videos. Among significant recognitions, Gustavo was honored as Best Latino Director of the year 2003 at the DGA Student Film Awards, became a Student Academy Award nominee the same year, and Best AFI Director of the year - Franklin J. Schaffner Fellowship Award. His most successful film "The Mexican Dream" won 13 international Film Festivals, was showcased at Cannes and Sundance, and was distributed on HBO for a programming rotation of two years. As Film Professor, Gustavo has over ten years of experience, where he has worked for various film schools in California, Iowa, and Florida.

Julio Licona

Music Production & Engineering

After graduating with an A.S. degree in Music Business from Miami Dade College, Julio earned his title as a studio engineer, mastering the art of recording and mixing. He has worked on the Latin Grammy nominated album "PALO! Live" (2015) and Emmy award winning documentary "Miami Boheme" (2014), which aired on national television. Since then, Julio has been a part of the filming and television industry as a location sound recorder and post-production sound mixer. His work is well-received at film festivals such as the Miami International Film Festival. He has also won multiple awards including Musical Score at the Global Music Awards. In 2015, Julio worked on a live show which featured popular video game scores adapted into orchestrated music. The program titled “Video Game Concert“ won a Suncoast Emmy award in 2016. He continues working with this act and was the director of the 2017 show, which was recently nominated again for an Emmy.

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.

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 director, producer and writer, Arturo has worked with landmark-industry networks and studios such as Mundos, Univision, VH-1, Telemundo and PBS. His credits include "VH-1 Behind the Music", "Despierta América", "Decisiones", "The Snitch's Cartel" and "The Reaping", 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. Arturo recently directed the Documentary I Am Like You, a film that showcases the efforts and accomplishments of a group of talented young bakers. His most recent credits include the Indie movie Modicum, as well as the PBS Documentary Haunting Florida. Arturo is currently pursuing a PHD in Communications and is developing several film and TV scripts.

Santiago Sierra


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


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.

Tommy Demos

Director / Producer

Tommy Demos is the producer and director of seven award-winning films and earned his MFA in Film Production from the University of Miami in 2010. He is a full-time professor of Film, Television & Digital Production at Miami Dade College where he teaches courses in producing, directing, editing, motion graphics and animation. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education while finishing post-production on his first feature-length narrative film, a thriller produced in Nicaragua in August 2017.

Khaleel Bailey

Music Production & Engineering

Studying both Music and Music Business at Miami Dade College, Khaleel is earning his name as a sound engineer, practicing the different aspects of recording, editing and mixing. While working as a studio assistant at the college, he works for independent films as a location sound recorder and post-production sound mixer. After performing in the Emmy Award-winning ”video game concert” in 2016, he focused on working behind the scenes. In the following video game and anime concert (2017), Khaleel worked as stage manager and one of the post-production engineers.