MIAMI — Organizers say September is sure to be a month to remember as the Miami Film Life Center (MFLC) launches its first month of educational programming and events for the residents of Overtown and surrounding communities.
The Miami Film Life Center is a South-Florida based arts institute with a focus on youth education, job training, and professional redevelopment.
Members are invited to an official meet and greet event, a series of master classes, film screenings and micro workshops throughout the month. Others are invited to become members. All workshops are free to members of the center. Membership is free for a limited time, and open to all filmmakers and lovers of film in South Florida and beyond.
On Sept. 5, starting at 5:30 p.m., the first event is a Members Meet and Greet at the Chapman House, on the grounds of Booker T. Washington Senior High School, 1200 N.W. Sixth Ave, Miami. Guests are advised to RSVP by calling 305-326-0535.
In addition, a screening of the award-winning independent film Better Mus’ Come is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12. Based on the Green Bay Massacre that happened in Jamaica in 1978, the political drama stars Roger Guenveur Smith (Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing) and Jamaican newcomers Sheldon Sheperd and Nicole ‘Sky’ Grey. A question-and-answer session with award-winning Jamaican director Storm Saulter will follow the screening.
The Better Mus’ Come screening begins at 5:30 p.m. at Camillus House, 336 N.W. Fifth St. Miami. Admission is free and open to the general public. RSVP by calling 305-326-0535.
The month will conclude with a Micro Educational Workshop on Wednesday Sept. 25 featuring entertainment and business attorney Nyanza Shaw, Esq. Shaw, the principal and founder of Shaw Esquire and Associates, will share informative insight and expertise on film industry contracts, copyright and other legal issues. The workshop event also will take place at the Chapman House. Seats are limited and members are advised to RSVP by calling 305-326-0535.
The MFLC, an educational partnership between Film Life, Inc. and the City of Miami, is sponsored by the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) as part of its approved Redevelopment Plan. Film Life, Inc., a multi-faceted entertainment company founded in 2001 Jeff Friday, its CEO, and headquartered in New York City, is best known for creating the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
By providing resources, training programs, and networking opportunities to the underserved and disadvantaged residents, the center hopes to stimulate interest and support new and emerging filmmakers.