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October 2010 Newsletter

A Message From Stephanie Martino


We are so excited that the CINEMA program has started in 3 schools and all of the students are really enjoying the creative process! . . . In addition, we have some wonderful things happening with our films from previous years . . .

5 Schools participating in CINEMA 2010-2011
(6th school has yet to be determined)

Robert Morgan Educational Center
18180 SW 122 Ave
Miami, FL. 33177
Dr. Devin Marsh, teacher

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School
2601 NE 151 St.
North Miami, FL 33160
Victor Fernandez, teacher

Felix Varela High School
15255 SW 96 St.
Miami, FL. 33196
Vivian Lorenzo-Guerra, teacher

Booker T. Washington High School
1200 NW 6th Ave
Miami, Fl. 33136
Howard Bloom, teacher

South Miami High School
6856 SW 53rd St.
Miami, FL. 33155
Rudy Diaz, teacher

Introduction of New FFI Instructor

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 along side 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.

Film Festival Updates!

We are so excited to share the exciting news . . .

FFI wants to congratulate the filmmakers of “THE BIG BREAK” – this film (created by last years students from John Ferguson Senior High School ) has been chosen to receive The John Muir Film Award at the 2010 Yosemite Film Festival!

“The Big Break” from JFSHS and “Final Encore: from SWSHS have been selected for The Independents’ Film Festival! For more info check out the link below! Congrats again to all of the filmmakers!

“Final Encore” has won the certificate of merit for writing at The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the CINEMA participants and teachers!


We want to hear from you! Please check out FFI’s Facebook Page and stay updated with what is new and upcoming with our award winning film programs. But also, while you are there we encourage you to start posting some of your own thoughts and ideas about filmmaking- perhaps, what is your favorite film and why? or what programs you would like FFI to consider producing in the future? It would be great to get a dialogue going between our FB page and our many fans!

Watch FFI on “You Tube”

You can now view the wonderful films made by our students online anytime you want. As a matter of fact we encourage it. The films are actually an ongoing anthology of the attitudes of the young people who make them, acting as a mirror of their environment, concerns and problems. Every film is compelling in its own way and some have won awards at film festivals across the country.

You’ll find us at:
See you there!


FFI is always seeking financial and in-kind support. In the event that you would like to donate dollars (or maybe just some sense!) please click HERE or contact the FFI office directly and speak with Stephanie.


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County, Miami Dade College North Campus, School of Entertainment & Design Technology (SEDT), Garnet Productions, Coral Gables Art Cinema, VideoLab Solutions, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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