Film Maker (12/30 minute programs) – South Florida PBS is pleased to launch film·maker, a film series for emerging filmmakers from which we acquired, broadcasted, and distributed their work, in addition to providing mentorship. With the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the film maker initiative served 40 artists and reached an audience of over 2. 4 million in the South Florida region. Participants ranged in ages from 22 to 78 and represented cultures from around the globe. The 40 projects featured in film-maker include documentaries, narrative works, music videos, and more. These films will make you cry and laugh; they will entertain and inspire you.
- #201 – In this episode we feature two films: “One Last Ride: A PBA Lacrosse Story”, a high energy, inspirational production about the last journey of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Men’s Lacrosse team, as they transition to the NCAA Division II by David Mark Merrill; and “Summer’s End”, a film about a turning point in every person’s life: leaving home for the first time by returning film-maker Felipe Ferrufino.
- #202 – In this episode we feature three films: “Roam”-inspired by old western films, two buffalo hunters set-up camp near enemy territory and try to survive the night after suffering injuries at the hands of Native American forces by Hector Martinez. “Salvador” shares the desperate act to save a young boy’s life when a doctor helps facilitate an illegal organ donation by Debora Von Habsburg. “Sugar, Spice and Sacrifice” is a visual poem that highlights the importance of diversity in the U.S. and the role immigrants play in its success by returning film-maker Lauren McGarrett.
- #203 – In this episode we feature two films: “Lustrum”, A sci-fi thriller that begins after four men have mysteriously disappeared in a forest and an anxious girlfriend who can’t shake the feeling of being closely watched by Michael Lozano & Paola Flores and “Ayita’s Dream”, the story of a young girl who won’t give up on pursuing her dream of becoming a professional dancer by Isis Masoud.
- #204 – In this episode we feature two documentaries that focus on legacies, one through music and one through letters. “Carry That Weight – A Rockumentary” is the emotional story of one teacher; his perseverance in the face of adversity and the lives of many students he changed through music by Brian Leitten. “Legacy Letters” showcases a class that teaches seniors how to reflect deeply on their past in order to chronicle their lives in creative ways by Tyler Council.
- #205 – In this episode we feature four short films including two music videos. “Apple Pie” is a thriller about two young women, struggling to get by, who find it difficult to play by the rules by Jaydev Hemrajani. “Beauty Queen” was shot in the beautiful city of Miami, where the lead singer portrays a bartender who is infatuated and mesmerized by a lady he sees at a local bar by Joey Lamar Ashley. “I Feel So Alive” features Miguel Fasa singing and dancing his way through this original pop song by Barbie Castro. And finally, “Tears”, an experimental short where the director and dancer, Carla Forte, shares the story through tears.
- #206 – In this episode we travel to the Treasure Coast and feature the documentary, “Jane Davis Doggett: Wayfinder in the Jet Age” by Pat Williams. Join us as we meet the woman who created graphic systems using letters, colors and symbols to guide people though large, public spaces such as airports, arenas and transit systems. If you’ve found your way from an airport entrance to your gate with ease in the last sixty years, you can thank Jane Davis Doggett.
- #207 – In this episode we feature two films, in “#TheConnectedMan” we meet a successful salesman who reconnects with a free-spirited choreographer from his past. In one day, their carefully constructed personas crumble in the face of reality and illusion, by returning film-maker Fabian Cardenas. “Portraits of Inspiration” is a short documentary capturing the essence of the Women’s Movement, one of the most transformative periods of time, by Scherley Busch.
- #208 – In this episode we feature the film, “Maya”, about a Syrian immigrant newly settled in the U.S. who must take on a job that goes against her moral code to save the life of her grandfather by Mohammad Jastaniah.
- #209 – We feature two films in this episode including, “Rene De Dios and the South Beach Shark Club”, a nostalgic recollection of Miami Beach from the late 60’s to modern times told through the stories of local shark fishermen by Robert Ramos. “Breathe” is a student film inspired by real life situations involving two young men dealing with stereotypical baggage by Dexavior Smith.
- #210 – We feature two films in this episode including, “Rene De Dios and the South Beach Shark Club”, a nostalgic recollection of Miami Beach from the late 60’s to modern times told through the stories of local shark fishermen by Robert Ramos. “Breathe” is a student film inspired by real life situations involving two young men dealing with stereotypical baggage by Dexavior Smith.
- #211 – In this episode we feature three films. In “The Cardboard King”, we meet Gustavo, a Cuban immigrant living in the U.S. striving to make a better life for his family still in Cuba. When old wounds begin to resurface, his vision of The American Dream begins to collapse by David Liz. Climb into the cockpit for breathtaking views in “Flying Solo”, a short documentary about the first Asian woman to fly solo around the world by Ed Moy. In “Six Toes” we head to Key West for a dark humor short film about Hemingway cats, accidental suicides, and happy childhood memories by Quincy Perkins.
- #213 – In this episode we feature the documentary, “Against The Grain” and meet staff from the Coral Gables Art Cinema who contemplate the past and future of film projection – while preparing to screen an exclusive 70 millimeter print of “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Anthony Martinez.
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