South Florida PBS (WPBT, WXEL and Health Channel) is pleased to announce the new season of filmmaker premiere tuesday november 8the at 7:30 PM on WPBT and on Thursday, November 10the at 5:30 p.m. on WXEL. From gripping documentaries to powerful dramas to goofy shorts, this new season features 24 movies in 10 episodes that share stories that define the South Florida community, explore diverse themes, and deepen our understanding of ourselves and our neighbors.
“We are very happy to be able to launch the fifth season of filmmaker. South Florida PBS will not only broadcast these films to an estimated 6 million viewers, but we will also syndicate the series online and offer it for national distribution, giving these filmmakers access to a significant new audience,” said President and CEO. executive of South Florida PBS. Dolores Sukhdeo.
The episode descriptions are as follows:
Episode 501 premiering on November 8the at WPBT and on November 10the in WXEL:
- Open Dialogues: Black Voices|Black Stories – Director Freddy Rodriguez & Producer Jeff Rusnak
This documentary from the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood focuses on what social justice looks and feels like for Black residents in South Florida, as told through the narratives of eight residents, musicians, essayists and artists from the Broward County Spoken Word. The purpose of the project is to inspire a conversation about the inequality and equity of the African diaspora in America.
The 502nd episode will premiere on November 15.the on WPBT and November 17the in WXEL:
- mambochella- Producers Adeline Ferro and Ivelin Giro
Mambochella takes viewers on a rhythmic journey, following a never-before-seen gathering of award-winning artists from all corners of the world, combining their talents to produce an album that pays homage to Mambo’s golden age while reinventing its eclectic elements, inviting everybody. generations cross-culturally to move at the same vibratory rate.
- TOWARDS – Director Sandra Portal-Andreu
CIRCA is a call to action to the world of children in Miami-Dade County. Being ground zero for the effects of climate change, the film shares the visions of the future of more than 37 children between the ages of 7 and 18. Interviews and cartoons show what Miami will look like in 2050. From grim predictions to offerings of hope, the next generation has a lot to say and it’s time we listened.
- ISCED (Compliance – Inspiration – Leader – Motivation) – Principal Elijah De Armas
FILM is a short documentary that shows children and adults with disabilities competing in marathons and triathlons. They are showing the world that anything is possible with determination.
The 503rd episode will premiere on November 22.North Dakota on WPBT and November 24the in WXEL:
- Tales of Sunshine: Florida Eco-Stories: The Fisherman – Director Vicente Marcucci
Through a meditative journey deep into Florida’s ecology, Tales of Sunshine looks at the intimate and inspiring stories of four naturalists during the height of Covid-19. In this episode, recreational fisherman Freddy Matos finds peace in the water. Matos navigates a new life of community building and citizen science after spending five years locked up in federal prison.
- snakes – Director Dominic Traverzo
A spoken word meditation that follows one man’s journey from the monsters of childhood to old age.
- Simulation – Director Milan Tangirala
A woman traverses tropical nature through a simulation to escape the world she lives in.
The 504th episode will premiere on November 29.the on WPBT and December 1St. in WXEL:
- hurricane flora – Director Gabriel de Varona
As a Cuban-American documentary filmmaker, she flies over a hurricane at her parents’ house with her boyfriend. Tensions rise when she takes advantage of her lockdown and tries to interview her emotionally secretive father about her dark past in Cuba.
- pub mocktails – Director Lauren McGarrett
When a transgender college graduate finds herself stuck in a dead-end job, she goes on a mission to find inspiration for her future groundbreaking novel.
The 505th episode will premiere on December 6.the at WPBT and December 8the in WXEL:
- synchronous – Director Andres Irias
Set during the height of the holiday season, Synchronic follows a husband and wife, Colleen, and Charles Martin as their marriage falls apart. As Colleen and her daughter Phillippa go ahead to JoJo’s shopping store, Charles stays behind trying to find an empty parking spot. Their distance from him at this moment begins a life-altering chain of events when a man strange but familiar to Colleen threatens her livelihood with a weapon from the future, the reversal of time.
- Croquette Nation – Director William Alfonso
Croqueta Nation is a film that combines the Miami culinary scene with a restaurateur’s vision to unite a community by breaking a world record. Set in Miami, this fun, feel-good story follows Carlos Gazitua, owner of Sergio’s Cuban Restaurants, as he sets out to make croquette history. His grand plans to make the world’s longest kibble won’t be easy to achieve, but will it be worth it in the end?
The 506th episode will premiere on December 13.the on WPBT and December 15 on WXEL:
- Marcia’s Colors – Marcia’s Colors – Director Cinthya Franco & Producer Daniela Orlando
Marcia is an old woman who spends her last years in her lonely house recalling her memories. Her loneliness results in desperation for human interaction. When Marcia finally takes the last chance of her life to connect with her nurse, Lucia, she is transferred to another route.
- lost signal – Director Chloe Cappelen
During a party, Marcie reveals to her best friend David that she has feelings for someone, leading to a major miscommunication.
The 507th episode will premiere on December 20.the on WPBT and December 22North Dakota in WXEL:
- Mirror ball – Director Raquel Mira
When Debbie and Gene end their long relationship, they imagine an enhanced version of their romance. Their relationship unfolds like a dream ballet set on a stage. As the pair dance through the fantasy version of their lives together. It shows the flaws they couldn’t overcome.
- Paternal – Director Pierre St. Jean, Junior
Paternal explores the complexities of fatherhood from a Haitian perspective.
Episode 508 will premiere on December 27.the on WPBT and December 29the in WXEL:
Episode 509 will premiere on January 3.dr at WPBT and on January 5the in WXEL:
- silver waters – Director Domenica Botero
After the recent death of her husband, an elderly woman tries to skip the wake and revisit the beach where they met, but her memory is fading.
- sacrilegious – Director Maytee Diaz
A young hotel maid explores a dangerous way to earn more money to pay for her father’s surgery.
Episode 510 premiering on January 10the (TBD time) on WPBT and January 12the (time to be determined) on WXEL (due to mature issues, this episode will air later tonight):
- Drawn Daggers – Directed by James Cotton
A couple’s lustful intentions turn out to be a pretext to catch each other, but who will catch who?
- forest ghoul –Director David de Souza
A young hitchhiker is picked up late at night. Will this seemingly nice guy try to take advantage of her, or will the tables turn on him as he searches for her next meal?
- the black rose –Director Christopher Krider
A mild-mannered hit man discovers his next target is more than he bargained for.
- CHAMELEON – Director Miguel A. Sarduy
With a nod to the spaghetti western, this ultra-short film conveys mystery and terror with a single thought, “It’s just changing sunset for sunrise…”
About the filmmaker’s sponsors:
the filmmaker project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts.gov
filmmaker started 5 seasons ago, supported by a NEA grant and we are proud to have received this new round of funding that allows us to show more stories from South Florida.
And we are honored by the continued support of oolite arts forks Film Arts Residency. Oolite Arts, what Miami is made of.
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