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MDC Students’ and Instructor’s Film Project Earns International Acclaim

The film received ‘Best Short’ nomination by Nice Film Festival in France plus an invitation to Europe’s most popular horror film fest
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A still from the film <em>Play Dead</em>.

Miami, September 23, 2011 - A group of Miami Dade College (MDC) Kendall Campus students and their professor are enjoying the success their film project, Play Dead, is receiving this year. Thanks to exposure at two film festivals earlier this year, their film project has been nominated for “Best Short” at the Nice Fantastic International Film Festival in Nice, France.

The judging will take place Oct. 29-30 in France. The film will also be screened in March 2012, at Scotland’s Dead By Dawn International Film Festival, the most popular horror film festival in Europe.   

This summer, the film was screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, and in April at Miami’s Borscht Film Festival.

“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.” 

At the Borscht Film Festival earlier this year, 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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