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MDC Students’ and Instructor’s Film Project Accepted at Canada’s Fantasia International Film Festival

The students’ film was also showcased at Miami’s Borscht Film Festival in April
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First photo: A still from the MDC student film <em>Play Dead</em>. Second photo: MDC Professor Alberto Meza (left), with student filmmakers Allen Delgado, Luis Diaz, Angie Montalvo and Joan Vargas.

Miami, July 7, 2011 - A group of Miami Dade College (MDC) Kendall Campus students and their professor have a lot to celebrate these days. Their film project, Play Dead, was recently selected as one of the featured films at one of the industry’s most important events in the world, the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. 

“The Fantasia Film Festival showcases the most innovative and individualistic genre films from around the world,” said Alberto Meza, the MDC arts and philosophy professor who acted and worked behind-the-scenes in the film along with his students. “We are thrilled that the film on which we worked so hard will be recognized at an international venue.” The Fantasia International Film Festival will run July 14 through August 7, 2011, and Play Dead will be screened on Tuesday, August 2, during the event. 

In April, Play Dead made its premiere at the Borscht Film Festival, a quasi-yearly event held at iconic Miami venues. Borscht features films made by emerging regional filmmakers telling stories about Miami that go beyond the typical portrayal of the culturally diverse city. Borscht organizers called Play Dead, “the cutest darn zombie movie ever.” 

Play Dead is about a zombie apocalypse that unites a pack of dogs in the ruined streets of Miami. Immune to the epidemic, the dogs must stick together to survive in the midst of ferocious zombies and human survivors. The film was directed by the Meza-Valdés brothers and included MDC students from the Visual Arts Student Organization (VASO) Club – a Kendall Campus based group that welcomes new art majors or students with an interest in the performing and visual arts – who portrayed the flesh eating zombies and the human survivors. 

In addition to Meza’s role, the student actors and producers of Play Dead include: Luis Diaz, Eric Mateo, Allen Delgado, Joan Vargas, Annette Delgado and Angie Montalvo. Meza serves as the director of VASO and is the father of the Meza-Valdés brothers. Meza’s role in the film production wasn’t limited to supervision of his students, he also worked as a set and prop artist, and portrayed one of the zombies in the film. Professor Meza is a world-renowned artist whose works have been showcased across the globe. 

For more information about MDC’s Visual Arts Student Organization or the film Play Dead, contact Professor Alberto Meza at 305-237-2656 or  

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