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October 2012 Newsletter

A Message From Stephanie Martino

Hello Everyone!

Fall is here and we are off and running with our CINEMA programs! By the end of September/mid – October the CINEMA program opened in South Dade, Miami Beach and North Miami SHS! In addition, FFI is planning on producing a filmmaking program geared for adults! Stay tuned for much more info, we will keep all of you updated! In the meantime, please stay connected to us via our Facebook page and website. FFI had a very busy summer producing our film camp! We truly enjoyed working with such creative and inspiring filmmakers! All of the students collaborated so nicely together and are currently working on editing their short film project.


Stephanie Martino
Executive Director


Our summer film camp project “Frauds” is currently finished by the student editing team. The final cut is almost ready and the premiere will take place in June at FFI’s Annual Film Screenings.


A sarcastic teenager, otherwise known as Danny, is dragged into the typical teenage party. A party filled with stupidity, unnecessary drama, and, to put it lightly, complete and utter chaos. Danny tries his hardest to deal with his friends’ “problems”, until his mind eventually drifts off into his own little fantasy, only to be brought back to the dreaded reality. His seemingly futile effort to find his girlfriend Layla among the party goers is the only reason why he doesn’t just get up and leave. With a dramatic ending and a ridiculous amount of accused cheating, this parody of a teenage movie is the look into the life of an average teenager that is full of comedy and drama.


News from the BEST SHORTS Competition: I SELL CHOCOLATES (produced by students at John Ferguson SHS) has won the 2012 Award of Merit in the student film competition!!!!

The festival recognizes film professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment.

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I SELL CHOCOLATES (JFSHS), THE VAULT (SWSHS) and THE PURR (CINERAMA SATURDAYS’) were Official Selections at the 2012 Independents’ Film Festival in Tampa.

The event was held at the Wyndham Tampa Westshore Hotel and featured screenings of over 50 films, educational seminars and parties. The films were part of a special showcase of Junior IFF films screening on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the CINEMA participants and teachers!

Thank you for your continued support!


Peter Pericles is a Miami-based film director and a Small Business Development Associate with South Florida Urban Ministries. Peter made his way into film directing in his early teens. Pericles made a big splash in 2000 as a 16-year old when he wrote and directed his second short film entitled “ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR” at Miami Edison SHS, the film won Honorable mention at the Miami Children Museum Film Festival. The film went on to aired on HBO family channel T.V show 30 by 30 Kids flick.

Peter was the first Business intern with South Florida Urban Ministries. He went on from his internship to volunteer as an AmeriCorp Member with South Florida Urban Ministries/United Way Center for Financial Stability. During Peter’s tenure he worked with the community to provide small business coaching and consulting to local startup companies and micro-businesses in North Miami.

Currently, filming an AIDS and HIV awareness film “THE WARNING”.

Peter is a proud Alumnus of Brown-Mackie College, he received his Associates of Arts in Business in 2008, and returned to complete his Bachelors of Arts Business in 2010.


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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