CINEMA & INTERACTIVE MEDIA DEPARTMENT

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Zulena Berrios

 

Hola! I am from Naranjito, Puerto Rico, “La isla del encanto”.  I consider myself a respectful, creative, quick learner and hands-on kind of person.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in General Theater and a minor in Film Production from the University of Puerto Rico, Main Campus.  During my bachelor’s I participated in two student exchange programs with the University of Connecticut and the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which were both very rich experiences.

Most of my practice is in Theater Production, especially with great interest in social and political theatre for marginalized and deprived communities.  

The past few years I have been developing curiosity and thirst for filmmaking and I am currently working towards a Master in Fine Arts in Motion Pictures at the University of Miami.  My aspirations with the program are, first to figure out what area of production I’m finest at and then to use the skills as best I can for the rest of my life fulfilling my commitment with constructing a better society.

 

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Luis J. Galvis

 

I’m from Bucaramanga, Colombia and I studied Social Communication in Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga. I have always been interested in history and stories of my state, Santander. In journalism, I worked as writer and producer of reports in the difficult zone of Magdalena Medio. Also, I was an editor for TV shows and cinema journalist for the “15” newspaper. In narrative, I wrote and produced a short film called “I got it”. I was also a producer and editor of the short film “The ride” that was nominated in the category “Young Creators” in Cartagena’s Film Festival.  The last few years I have been a professor in Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga in various classes such as Editing, History of Cinema and Narration and Description. I was awarded with a Fulbright Scholarship and currently I am working on a Master in Fine Arts in Motion Pictures at the University of Miami. My objective is making feature films about my state and my country.

 

Nele Mertens

 

Hi, my name is Nele Mertens, I'm 22 years old and I'm from Belgium. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Science, a Master's Degree in Film- and Television studies, and another Master's Degree in Filmstudies and Visual Culture. Now I'm striving to obtain a Master of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Production, because it's my dream to become a film director.

Amanda Quintos

 

Amanda Quintos is a first-year MFA candidate in the Motion Pictures program.  She hopes to work toward a specialization in Screenwriting.  Amanda received her BA in Theatre from the University of Florida, where she acted as Assistant Director and Soundboard Operator for the School of Theatre and Dance’s production of tick, tick BOOM! and earned highest honors for her thesis on recurring structural and thematic elements in Filipino American theatre.  She is also an original member of Wyldfyre Dance in Gainesville.  Additional artistic pursuits include singing and writing poetry.

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Julio Benitez

 

A native of Havana, Cuba, Julio grew up in the Magic City and considers himself a native Miamian.  He attended Miami Andrew Jackson Sr. High School and later Miami-Dade College and Florida International University, earning B.A.s in Liberal Studies and Psychology.   

Possessed of an extraordinarily restless mind, Julio’s interests run the gamut of the spectrum.  From literature to cosmology, from applied mathematics to creative writing, his mind refuses to be typecast. 

Passionate about cinema since earliest childhood, he never imagined writing and making movies of his own until he took an introductory film course on a lark at University of Miami, while an employee at the Richter Library.  . 

Julio loves speculative fiction and tends to write offbeat, genre bending narratives.  His hope, like authors such as Clark, Heinlein, and Asimov, Bradbury, is never to merely entertain, but to create solid, palpable worlds that challenge and incite. 

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M.F.A. Class of 2015

Xiuhe Zhan

 

My name is Hugh and I come from China. I am really interest in film production and looking forward to the internship and opportunities of team work in film as well as documentary.

Marlon Pinder

 

A graduate of the University of The West Indies (UWI) film program, Marlon Pinder has experience and a comprehensive education under his belt. An avid movie buff for most of his life; Marlon spent time working on the set of a video production that was being filmed at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and he soon realized the possibility of a career in film. Shooting and editing a video on spec.  In 2011, he completed the dramatic short film Walk A Mile, which was screened at the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and he is currently developing visual work as a member of the MFA in Motion Pictures Program at the University of Miami.

Jane Statiander

 

Jane Statlander, PhD

18 NE 107th Street

Miami Shores, FL 33161

Phone 305-331-4489

Nick Katzenbach

 

Nick Katzenbach was born and raised in South Florida before moving to Western Massachusetts. He joins the MFA program after teaching middle school French and coaching soccer, basketball, and track. Upon receiving his BA from Wesleyan University in 2004, Nick apprenticed with Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker on the critically acclaimed documentary "Kings of Pastry." Nick also associate produced movie promos at MTV for a handful of Hollywood films including the classic romantic comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." A gifted athlete and talented writer, Nick looks forward to producing and directing his screenplays.

Kerou Yang

 

Graduated from Bejing University of Post Telecommunications. Produced and Directed several short films. Interested in movies about crimes.

Chantale Glover

 

Chantale Glover, 23, is an aspiring film director. She has a passion for capturing moments and emotionally impacting the masses through motion pictures. She has a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism but has experience directing and producing both fiction and non-fiction projects. During her undergrad she produced an award winning documentary titled "Black Talk" which explores the issue of black vernacular in the African American community and how its been preserved throughout the years.

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