Sisters doing it for themselves at O Cinema

Boys, stay out! No really, they’re joking. But O Cinema’s Wednesday night “Not Gonna Move to LA” event is about female empowerment. Six directors will battle it out with their films for a $1,000 prize of rental gear. Special guest is visual artist Jillian Mayer, known for her film “Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, ” the official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It’s a way Miami interpretation of of the 1962 French science fiction film “La Jetee”. Gotta love Luther Campbell. He stars in the flick, about his life and rise to fame amid his fight for the first amendment.

Music will be provided  by Aleah McGehee and her electro band organicArma. Hell’s Kitchen’s Robyn Almodovar will bring her rocking Party Palate food truck.

Without further ado, meet the ladies:

 Andrea Maigre was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Miami at age 14. Andrea developed an interest in the entertainment industry by the time she was a sophomore in High School when enrolled in the TV Production program. She began the film program in Miami Dade College, where she created a series short films like “Art is My Weapon,” which was elected to show at the Miami International Film Festival.

 Director Sara Werner has been working in the creative arts since she was 4, always with the ulterior motive of helping others. In 2009, she received her B.A. in English, with concentrations in Performance in Social Activism, Theatre and Writing from Monmouth University. There she directed her first theater drama, ”Lot’s Daughters,” and has worked in New York City with NewFest Film Festival in 2007 and with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). In 2010, Sara moved to Miami to pursue a M.F.A. in Film Production.

Born in Artemisa, Cuba, Belma Suazo is a dancer, choreographer, director and producer, with a degree as a contemporary dancer and choreographer by the Superior Institute of Art in La Habana. She has participated in several international tours and festivals and now resides in Miami, where she has founded the dance company Free Soul Dance Company. Danzar Miami is her first work as a director.

 Alessandra Sanchez’s love for film started at Palmer Trinity school in 2009 where she found directing actors and editing clips magicalc. She loves being behind and in front of the camera. This summer she interned for the feature “Skum Rocks!” and directed her first short film. She will be entering her senior year at Palmer this fall and hopes to continue her studies at Emerson College.

Ika Santamaria was born in Colombia and trained as an actor at the famous Teatro Libre of Bogota. She moved to New York City where she studied screenwriting and cinema at New York >> University. Her feature debut, “Equal Strength”, won the Mission Award at the Women’s International Film Festival, best film and best audience awards at L-Dub Film Festival.

Ayse Nur Gencalp was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She studied General Business in Istanbul Technical University and State University of New York. Her dream was always to make and teach films. She left everything in Istanbul and came to Miami to complete a MFA degree in film production. “Once Upon A Time” is her third short.

Info: Wednesday, August 8th at 7PM, O Cinema, 90 NW 29th Street, $8.



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