film-maker projectSouth Florida PBS’s film·maker project offers our region’s aspiring storytellers a unique opportunity for mentorship and broadcast distribution.

Though South Florida is experiencing a cultural renaissance, the filmmaking community is at a dire crossroads. Funding cuts are hindering the growth of this community just as its homegrown talent begins to garner national and international recognition. South Florida PBS’s film·maker program is an effort to help avoid a talent drain by providing local filmmakers with the guidance and platform needed to disseminate their films.

The film·maker initiative serves 40 filmmakers from the Keys to the Treasure Coast and reach an audience of over 6.3 million. Co-directed by three senior South Florida PBS staffers with support from local film organizations film·maker connects talented local filmmakers with a major new audience. These filmmakers also receive pivotal guidance and mentorship as they build careers from their passions.

Tune in to South Florida PBS in 2018 to watch our local filmmakers take center stage, with stories that define this community, explore diverse themes, question public opinion, and deepen understanding of ourselves and our neighbors.


Meet the Film Makers

Episode 101

Learn about the creators of the films featured in episode one of our film-maker series.

Episode 102

In this episode of “film-maker,” we feature two films: “Freddie of Wynwood”—shot on location in Wynwood, featuring a chance encounter of two strangers--by Fabián Cárdenas; and “McClintock”—a thriller featuring a stranger in the shadows—by Christopher Irarrazabal

Episode 103

In this episode of “film-maker,” we feature two films: “Tears of Joi”—featuring a mime looking for a break--by Yarnel Nicolas; and “Tesla”—which follows the trials and tribulations of the famed inventor—by Kamen Sway

Episode 104

In this episode of “film-maker,” we feature two films: “Zindagi”—a bittersweet tale of lost love--by Vasisth Sukul; and “No Trespassing”—documentary on forgotten urban spaces—by Denise de la Vega

Episode 105

In this episode of “film-maker,” we feature the documentary “Changes,” by Yamilet Hernandez. The starting point of this documentary is the XIII Havana Biennial, which brought together all kind of artists, from Cuban-born Miami-based artists, Cuban-American artists, to internationally acclaimed contemporary artists.

Episode 106

In this episode of “film-maker,” “Float” from Karli Evans is a psychological film about coming to terms with letting go. In Matthew Abad’s “Isa” a young Hispanic girl encounters a villain you can only find between Westchester and Hialeah on a balmy summer day. And in “Foggy Sky” from Lauren McGarrett, a young man recounts the story of the best day he's ever had with the love of his life.

Episode 107

In this episode of “film-maker,” we feature “Waking Up Dead,” by David Molino, featuring a moving portrayal of a psychologically dysfunctional and mentally deranged elderly man.

film·maker is made possible by:

National Endowment for the Arts

ArtCenter South Florida


South Florida PBS Arts Challenge

Art Center South Florida

Lydia Harrison

Alfred Lewis

The Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation