April 2010, Volume 14, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight

MDC film crew at work on location

Miami, I Love You

First was the 2006 film Paris, Je T’aime; then came last year’s New York, I Love You; and now it’s Miami’s turn to get its very own cinematic paean. Miami, I Love You is a compilation of short films directed by the students in the North Campus School of Entertainment & Design Technology (SEDT).

Miami, I Love You is comprised of a series of individual stories taking place in different locations across our fair city and are all linked by a common theme of love – whether it be romantic love or love for the city itself.

“We came up with the idea in my Film Production 3 class, where the main focus is to develop skills in directing,” said Ece Karayalcin, an SEDT professor and the film’s producer. “The students and I wanted to do a project that would not only fulfill the requirements of the course, but also showcase the different cultures and areas of Miami,” she added.

One evening, enchanted by the sight of the North Campus Science Complex and its lights reflecting on the lake, Professor Karayalcin let her mind wonder. “The view had a magical quality and I thought to myself that we should have an ‘al fresco’ screening of Miami, I Love You at night,” Karayalcin recalled.

The dream is becoming a reality. SEDT will be premiering Miami, I Love You in April on the plaza in front of the new North Campus Science Complex. The screening is free and open to the public.

— HP

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