The Source for Media Coverage of The Arts in Miami.
Articles, reviews, previews and features on dance and music performances and events.
Sign Up
No one logged in. Log in

Hollywood Producers, Now Living In Miami, Presenting Master Class At Miami Film Festival


Photo:
Written by: Michelle F. Solomon
Article Rating

Gone are the days when filmmakers needed huge budgets, and major movie studios backing them with big bucks to get their films seen, according to two producers who spent decades in Los Angeles, and have now moved their base to Miami Beach.

"From a creative standpoint, there are amazing opportunities for filmmakers today," says producer Kevin Chinoy, who, along with producing partner Francesca Silvestri, head up Freestyle Picture Company in Miami Beach. The pair will receive the Precious Gem Award on the closing night of the 35th Miami Film Festival at the festival's awards night gala on Saturday, March 17.

They'll also host a Producer's Master Class on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m., at MDC's Tower Theater Miami. "Some of what we'll be discussing," says Chinoy, "is how to move a project forward when you have a small budget or no budget at all."

The producing partners are just winding down from the whirlwind of co-producing Sean Baker's 2017 independent feature film "The Florida Project," which won Baker the New York Film Critics Circle award, and nabbed a best supporting actor award for Willem Dafoe, who was also nominated for an Oscar.

They'll share their experiences during the master class of what the role of producer is – "You start with an idea, or you have a writer that comes to us with an idea or script, or submits a script, and if we like the writing and the story, then we start the process," says Silvestri.

They've worked three times with writer/director Baker. In addition to the recent "The Florida Project," they co-produced two of his other films "Starlet" and "Tangerine," which brings Chinoy back to the master class conversation.

“'Tangerine' was shot entirely on an iPhone, and edited on our computer, and there continues to be options in that way. But how can filmmakers take those steps to make it the best that it can be, and then get it out in the world?"

Chinoy and Silvestri are masters of innovation. A film series for Glamour, Reel Moments, which the pair created with the magazine, introduced the directorial debuts of some of Hollywood's most famous women, including Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst, Rita Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Laure Dern, Kate Hudson, and Demi Moore, among others. Two of the short films showed at the Miami Film Festival nearly a decade ago. "We created the program for Glamour back in 2005," recalls Silvestri. "Kate's 'Cutlass,' showed at the Miami Film Festival in 2008, and Demi's 'Streak,' (was screened) in 2009," says Silvestri.

Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante says the two are "behind the scenes heroes, who we wish to put center stage and honor as the Precious Gems they are."

Florida natives Chinoy and Silvestri moved to Miami Beach after spending almost two decades in Los Angeles. She's originally from Miami, and he's from Jacksonville. "We were shooting ‘The Florida Project’ and we were spending a good amount of time here, so we decided to make this our home last January," says Silvestri.

They want their presence to hopefully encourage others in the film industry to follow; however, television and movie production in Florida has been dying on the vine since the state decided not to replenish its film incentives program in 2016. In 2010, the Florida legislature granted $292 million in film production incentives to the state, but by 2014, all of the money was gone.

"Unfortunately, when we made 'The Florida Project,' it was the first year after the incentive program had been let go. That really hurt us," recalls Silvestri, who has high hopes that money, and television and film production, will return.

One glimmer of a move forward was a bill introduced in January, Senate Bill 1606, by Senator Anette Taddeo (D-Miami) and co-introduced by Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville), and by the Committee on Commerce and Tourism, proposed to establish the Florida Motion Picture Capital Corporation to "encourage the use of the state as a site for scripted productions by providing financing to certain productions."

On March 10, the Senate indefinitely postponed the bill, and it was withdrawn from consideration.

The Florida Office of Film and Entertainment does offer production companies certain exemptions from Florida's sales tax.

Still, the producers believe that others in their industry should give Florida a try. "Miami is a great place to live and there's land to be able to build studios and there are locations that can't be replicated anywhere," says Silvestri. "We've been making the pitch to our colleagues to come and visit, and maybe convince them to consider what Florida has to offer."

Producer's Master Class with Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri as part of the Miami Film Festival, Thursday, March 15, MDC's Tower Theater Miami (Theater 2), 1508 SW 8th St., Little Havana. Tickets, $9. Info at www.miamifilmfestival.com or 844 565 6433.

 


Leave a comment...
Must be Logged in
No one logged in. Log in
Leave a comment...
Was this helpful?
No Very

Captcha Image

About The writer

{module_webapps,16730,i,{tag_writer_id}}

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami has been on a trajectory best described as meteoric. In its first 18 months DDTM has been a 2017 Knight Challenge Grant recipient and now will debut at New Y..

Amirah Sackett came up as a dancer in Chicago’s hip hop scene at a time when women were rare in the mostly male community. But she also visibly stood out as a Muslim. She keeps her hair cover..

Inside the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, where Dance Now! Miami is in residence, there is a hub of activity as the company prepares for its performance on Saturday night of Contemporanea 201..

One of the signatures of the National Water Dance project since its inception seven years ago was that dance troupes, large or small, professional or school groups, were free to perform whate..

Miami City Ballet is in league with Russians – in a good way -- and this promises to make a selection of dances look great again. The company’s final program this season brings back Apollo an..

Hidden behind a busy street in North Miami Beach is the Ancient Spanish Monastery, where Dance Now! Miami will bring the past into the present – and back into the past. Ekphrasis describes th..

Sometimes dance seems as easy as walking down the street. John Heginbotham, founder and artistic director of Dance Heginbotham, describes his dancers as moving in an unaffected, natural manne..

On the heels of a year-plus parade of #MeToo confessions, celebrity shamings and women’s marches, comes Marisa Alma Nick’s female-power-packed “A Rebel in Venus.” “It wasn’t planned that ..

Choreographers are usually curious people. Augusto Soledade’s curiosity leads him in many directions, including ideas on Madonna, voguing, and selfies. It all began with “thoughts on identity..

M. John Richard has never hung back from the challenges that shape a life. Not when a knee injury ended his dreams of playing football at Syracuse University. Not when he was persuad..

For many choreographers, a new project is an opportunity to dig into fresh ideas. But for local choreographer Pioneer Winter, his latest work “Reprise” returns to the same terrain he has been..

There are few shortcuts for anyone hoping to make it in ballet, but for black dancers that road has always been particularly arduous. A lack of access to training, scant rewards, and cultura..

For sheer pageantry, there are few dance companies that can rival the Ballet Nacional de España. In its 40th season, with 40 dancers and 11 musicians, Spain’s effusive, no-holds-barred love l..

When the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater returns to town this week, Miami native son Jamar Roberts will take center stage. As one of the company’s star dancers, he has long shined as a performer. B..

He says his dance comes from his dreams. French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi’s most recent work, “What the Day Owes the Night” combines Sufi rhythms with cutting edge b-boy moves, class..

A world premiere always comes with a drum roll. And, throughout the years, Miami City Ballet has brought to light its fair share of resounding new works. Still, Brian Brooks’ freshly-minted O..

Wednesday night at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall the South Florida Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance company presented “Appalachian Spring Suite” and “The R..

Cooking may be Dan Froot’s favorite thing. This is saying a lot since Froot is also a composer, a dancer, a sax-player, a play-wright, an oral-historian -- an all-around performance artist an..

With the closing of Tigertail Productions last year, Miami lost one of its preeminent artistic champions. Under the direction of founder Mary Luft, Tigertail brought an endless parade of boundary-..

Anytime would be a good time to devote a dance program to the works of Jerome Robbins, our most versatile and celebrated American-born choreographer. But, given that 2018 marks the centennial..

Due to winter storms in the Northeast impacting travel, with great regrets the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company announced the cancellation of the Saturday, Jan. 6 performance. At age..

It is fitting at this time of the year that our thoughts often turn to what connects us not what divides us. Whether we are driven by religious or secular motives, many of us are in the spiri..

The end of the 19th century was a golden age for ballet. In 15 years of collaboration, two great Russian geniuses – choreographer Marius Petipa, and composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky – produced ballet st..

Here’s a riddle – name the 1892 box office flop panned by critics for lack of seriousness and for casting too many kids, which has now transformed into a force of nature timed to occur yearly..

It happens every year, right around Thanksgiving, productions of the Nutcracker pop up from coast to coast, marking the start of the holiday season. But on Saturday, Miami audiences have the ..

As Art Week approaches, Miami choreographer Marissa Alma Nick’s Alma Dance Theater is getting ready to add its distinctive voice, rehearsing for the upcoming performance of “Flowers” at the C..

Promising a night of airiness and ardor, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami will bring “Ballet’s Pointe of Passion” to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, where the company joins an att..

Ira Sullivan has been a musician for a long time. His father, part of a large musical family, was in the restaurant business. But he played trumpet for fun and stored his horn behind the couch, Su..

The music of Thelonious Monk has been a source of endless fascination and with good reason. Monk’s universe has its own laws. Beautifully constructed and quirky, soulful but also paced by br..

The first time the Amernet performed “The Seven Last Words of Christ” during Holy Week – the week leading up to Easter -- the string quartet played in darkness. Just hours before, cellist Jas..

Drummer Dafnis Prieto and pianist Omar Sosa closed this year’s Global Cuba Fest at the Light Box in Wynwood, Miami, with shows on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17 that suggested a sort of mus..

Mention flamenco and the immediate associations are with dancing, singing and the guitar. The piano has a rather tentative history in flamenco. While some scholars include the instrument in p..

The ancient Japanese art of Taiko drumming comes to Miami this Friday, with Tao: Drum Heart, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has gone on to tour internationally, getting ..

It’s not by chance that the music of Cuban drummer, composer, educator and bandleader Dafnis Prieto unfolds with such purpose. An accidental immigrant in 1999 — he was living with ..

In the music of Las Cafeteras and Orkesta Mendoza, presented by Fundarte at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Saturday, the border is no place for walls but rather, a moveable feast. ..

Performance Hall at New World Center was packed Saturday, Feb. 3 for the New Work program, which NWS conductor and artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas introduced as “one of the more adve..

"Nosotros sentimos, y pensamos que Jennifer y Carlos sienten igual, que Miami finalmente ha llegado a posicionarse como una verdadera ciudad cultural donde continuamente se presentan compañías imp..

El grupo de danza contemporánea Brazzdance dirigido por su fundador, el coreógrafo Augusto Soledade, se presentó el sábado 31 de marzo en el Carnival Studio Theatre del Arsht Center de Miami...

La undécima edición del Flamenco Festival que se desarrolló del jueves 8 al domingo 11 de marzo en el Arsht Center resultó ser un hermoso reencuentro con el Ballet Nacional de España (BNE), u..

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida (ABTF) y su escuela de ballet adjunta, ambas bajo la dirección de Vladimir Issaev, se encuentran por estos días entregadas de lleno a la celebración del bicente..

El lugar privilegiado que ocupa Miami hoy en día en el mundo de la danza no tiene discusión. Además de contar con una vibrante oferta local de proyección internacional que dura todo el año y ..

Después de una serie de actuaciones muy exitosas en varias ciudades del Este del país, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) llega a Miami para ofrecer seis presentaciones del jueves 22 ..

La ofensiva espontánea protagonizada por BalletBoyz y Cie. Herve Koubi el fin de semana pasado en teatros de Fort Laudedarle y Miami, con dos propuestas artísticas absolutamente fuera de seri..

La atracción principal del tercer programa de la temporada 2017-2018 del Miami City Ballet (MCB) que se presentó el fin de semana pasado en el Arsht Center fue el estreno mundial de One Line ..

Llegados en vuelo directo desde Inglaterra, BalletBoyz (Premio Nacional de Danza 2013 a la Mejor Compañía Independiente) ofrecerá el sábado 10 de febrero una función patrocinada por Culture Shock ..