The filmmaking talents of Ed Talavera, chair of the Cinema and Interactive Media Department, and two School of Communication students will be on display at this year’s Miami International Film Festival, with Talavera’s gastronomical gem about Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio celebrating its Florida premier in the Culinary Cinema category and films by students Tyler Huyser and Luis Galvis competing in the festival’s 5th Annual CinemaSlam, which showcases the best work from South Florida’s film students.
Finding Gaston, the film Talavera co-produced and filmed with director Patricia Perez about the world-renowned chef and restaurateur who brought Peruvian cuisine to the masses, will be shown at 6:50 p.m. on Monday, March 9 at Miami Dade College’s Tower Cinema, 1508 S.W. 8 Street. The screening will be followed by a meal at Gaston’s own Miami restaurant, La Mar, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key. Tickets are $75 for the movie, dinner, and wine pairing.
Galvis and Huyser’s short films will make their MIFF debut during the festival’s CinemaSlam, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Tower Theater. Filmed in Guatemala, Galvis’s eight-minute documentary, Romana, is about an illiterate mother of seven children whose education begins when her daughters go to school.
Huyser’s seven-minute film, Emory, is about an 18-year-old who uses graffiti to escape from and find peace on the impoverished streets of Miami’s Overtown. On the eve of his new future, his life changes forever.
Their films will be among ten competing for awards that include Miami CinemaSlam Champion 2015 (which includes a $500 Sara Fuller Scholarship courtesy of FilmFlorida), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Drama, Best Documentary, and Best Technical Achievement. The final award, the CinemaSlam Audience Award Winner 2015, will be determined by audience votes following the screenings. Tickets to CinemaSlam are $13.