Stephanie Martinorizzi Revels In Helping Upandcoming Filmmakers Follow Their Dreams
Written by Miami Today on July 31, 2008
Aspiring young filmmakers shouldn’t have to wait until college to experience the industry hands on, says Stephanie Martino-Rizzi, head of the Miami-based Florida Film Institute. Job training — and cultivating a love for film — can begin as early as middle school through the institute’s programs, which allow students a chance to experience every aspect of making a film, from writing to post-production. The program prepares young Miamians to advance to film school — and there are several locally, she says — or to head straight to a set. The institute offers programs for adults, as well, such as a script-writing workshop. Though the state recently cut filming incentives, sunny Miami will always be a draw for movie-makers, Ms. Martino-Rizzi says, and the area has become a Mecca for film festivals. She should know. Ms. Martino-Rizzi spent 10 years as executive director of the Miami Film Festival, helping to more than double its membership and revenues during that time. She’s also a former producer of the Israeli Film Festival and executive director of the Advertising Federation of Greater Miami. Ms. Martino-Rizzi was interviewed at the film institute’s Athalie Range Park summer program headquarters by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky. This is an excerpt from the weekly profile article published in Miami Today. To read the entire article in full, order this issue or subscribe to the print edition of Miami Today.