Latin American Film in South Florida
by FAU College of Arts and Letters | Thursday, Aug 31, 2017
FAU and the Latin American Training Center (LATC) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding creating a long-term strategic relationship to collaborate and jointly develop a wide range of activities aimed at providing academic, policy, resource, outreach and training activities in the area of Latin American film and television.
The initial joint project coordinated by FAU and LATC is scheduled for early 2018 and will combine:
- Latin American premier film screening
- A workshop on business, cultural and artistic aspects of film and television production in Latin America, and
- The inauguration of a year-long Brazilian film series of films of recognized cultural, artistic and social value and representative of the five regions of Brazil.
Support for the film series is provided by the Brazil International Foundation, the Brazilian Film Commission Network, the Audiovisual Promotion Division of the Cultural Department of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry and the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami.
The MOU was signed by Michael J. Horswell, Ph.D., dean of FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and Steve Solot, president of the LATC. Horswell was introduced to Solot and the LATC through Aloysio Vasconcelos, chairman of the Brazil International Foundation and a member of the College of Arts and Letters Community Advisory Board.
"I am very excited about this new relationship with Steve Solot, who has decades of experience in this industry, and his incredible team at LATC because it enhances the important work that faculty members are doing in film and media studies and production in FAU's School of Communication and Multimedia Studies," said Horswell. "This new venture also furthers our University's goal to expand our reach to Latin America."
FAU's School of Communication and Multimedia Studies offers two distinct yet aligned baccalaureate degree programs with more than 1,200 majors, a Masters of Arts in Communication Studies, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Media, Technology and Entertainment. The Multimedia Studies degree program allows students to concentrate either in film, video and new media or in multimedia journalism.
"It's an honor for LATC to establish this new agreement with such a prestigious U.S. academic institution," said Solot. "The MOU with FAU marks our first institutional accord in the United States and an exciting partnership opportunity to expand our audiovisual training programs."