Volume 47, Number 14 - March 15, 2010

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Laurie Charles
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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Professor Ece Karayalcin film students' on the set of Miami, I love you- a compilation of seven short films of the love in Miami. Photo by Paula Omana/Falcon Times Staff

Miami, I love you

By Laurie Charles

After watching “Paris, Je T’aime” (Paris, I Love You), film student Eric Fernandez became inspired. 

Why couldn’t his class work on a Miami version of the film?

After presenting the idea to his film professor Ece Karayalcin, the project known as Miami, I Love You got underway.

“We have really great talent in the class, and I believe we can make something great out of it,” Fernandez said.

Miami, I Love You is compilation of seven short films sharing the theme of love in Miami; similar to the movies, Paris, Je T’aime and New York, I Love You.

The short films will be shot in various neighborhoods in Miami, portraying the love of the city, people and love at first sight.

Talia Day, 25, and Everett Whitley, 23, are filming Paradise, one of the short films set to appear in Miami, I Love You.  Paradise, is about a young woman rekindling her love for Miami.

“Although they all share the universal theme of love, each movie has a completely different story and style,” Day said.

For the project, students were expected to direct their own movies; they had to write their own story, create their own props, and cast their own actors through auditions.

“Everyone had to put in their own time and money,” Tamara Benavente said.

Karayalcin said she was inspired by her students.

“Everyone was into the project. Their enthusiasm inspired me to take the project a step further,” Karayalcin said.

So, when Karayalcin ran into MDC North Campus President Dr. José Vicente, she asked him about the possibility of having an outdoor screening for Miami, I Love You.

“He was very supportive,” Karayalcin said. “He told me all I had to do was put a proposal together and present it.”

The grand premiere of Miami, I Love You will take place on Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. outside of the science complex. Admission is free and open to the public.

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