|Short Films Produced by St. Thomas University Communication Students are Featured in the Miami International Film Festival, the MIFF Festival Stage, and Wynwood Art Walls Screenings
Two short films produced and directed by Javier Palacios and Christopher Falite, students from the Institute for Communication, Entertainment and Media of St. Thomas University, have been selected to participate in CinemaSlam 2012, a school competition of the Miami International Film Festival Florida Focus program. The students produced the short films WiseGuy (2011) and A University Horror Story (2011) at the Advanced Television Production course taught by Dr. Marcela Moyano.
MIFF Festival Stage and the Wynwood Art Walls Screenings have also selected A University Horror Story (2011) to be screened on Lincoln Road and at the Wynwood Art District. This event showcases the best shorts produced throughout the year. “We feel that A University Horror Story (2011) would be a great addition to the festival,” said Alex Van Mecl, Filmmaker Services Liaison. The screening date in the two locations will be announced soon.
Chris Falite grew up in northeast Massachusetts. He enrolled in the B.A. in Communication Arts program with aspirations to work as a broadcast journalist. However, as he grew in both age and knowledge, he discovered that his true passion lied in the art of film. Falite has written and directed three short films as well as a mini TV series. “I hope to attend film school to sharpen my skill-set on my way to the main goal, the big screen,” Falite adds.
Javier Palacios was born and raised in Hialeah, FL. He first attended St. Thomas University as a LEAD NOW student and later enrolled in the Communication Arts program. “To me, a well done film is the ultimate "painting" and/or work of art that captures the world in which we live in,” said Palacios. He also aspires to be a producer/director/screenwriter in the film industry.
The aim of the CinemaSlam 2012 competition is to celebrate the work of undergraduate and graduate students from South Florida participating schools including University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami-Dade College and St. Thomas University. CinemaSlam 2012 winners will be announced and screened on March 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the Tower Theatre as part of the 29th Miami International Film Festival.
“The goal of producing media content in an academic setting is to assure its wide distribution through various platforms and to expose the work of students to the world. Film festivals are a brilliant window for students’ art work to be appreciated and critiqued by diverse audiences,” said Dr. Moyano. For more information, please contact Dr. Moyano at firstname.lastname@example.org.