MBFS has been run successfully since 1993 by a Founder/Director and Board of Directors. With the opening of the Cinematheque there will be an expansion of this team to include an Operations Manager. The Director will continue to assume the duties until the need arises to hire for this paid position. As always, there will be volunteers in several capacities, and the volunteer Board will play a big part in organizing this area. They each will have a role in managing an area of volunteer duties. As the time of the Miami Beach International Film Festival (MBIFF) approaches, the team will be in place, ready for the project development, with potential managers in line for paid positions as they are needed. The Board of Trustees (Trustees), also volunteer, will be expanded and developed by the Director and Board to make available expert advise, donations of in-kind and products and services.
The Founder/Director, the first full-time position of MBFS, has the following duties:
The Operations Manager is hired by the Director. The part-time position duties will be as follows:
The Programming/Production Directors are hired by the Director. The duties are as follows:
The Technical Coordinator is hired by the Director. The duties are as follows:
The Grants Consultant is hired by the Director. The duties are as follows:
The Producer of Special Events is hired by the Director. The duties will be as follows:
The Sponsorship and Development Team is hired by the Director and come from several strategic areas of the world, all contributing from different points of view to bring different elements to the table:
The Volunteer Positions are as follows:
The Board of Directors. As stated in our articles of incorporation, we have a minimum of five Board members. They represent various areas of business and the arts. The duties of the Board are:
There are also Volunteers in many areas such as:
Ticket Sales - At the box office and at special events.
Products and Services Sales - Waitstaff, deliveries, pick-ups, concessions in-house and at special events.
Marketing/Printing - Website, newsletter maintenance, production of printed supplements.
Public Relations - Pro bono services, assistance for pro bono providers.
Production - Film production assistance.
Founder and Director
Director of the Miami Beach Film Society since 1993 when he founded the nonprofit organization. He has two bachelor's degrees, one in Cinema (emphasizing film history, aesthetics, and criticism), and one in Fine Arts (emphasizing graphic arts with photography/photolithography), from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He developed and prepared the Summer Film Institute at UCSB, was editor and designer of the film department's magazine Focus, and became apprentice at Paramount for the Art Director Robert Boyle (Production Designer for many Hitchcock films).
His film exhibition background includes management of the Arlington Center for the Performing Arts in Santa Barbara, and The Red Rock 11 Theatres in Las Vegas, at the time the world's largest theatre complex.
He has also been Hospitality Manager for the Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. His hospitality industry background includes being part of the opening team on two leading boutique-style hotels in South Beach, the Hotel Astor, in 1995, and the Hotel Nash, in 1999, where he continued as Guest Relations Manager and won "concierge of the year" in the Miami market, and also designed many marketing aspects of the hotel experience, especially aspects related to film.
Researching for Cinematheques and Museums for ten years in Europe while working as a model and photographer has influenced his interests and has been invaluable in developing the conceptual ideas of the film society and Cinematheque. He is a member of the Art Director's Union, and The Screen Actor's Guild.
Mr. Keith, with the help of the Board of Directors, will also assume the responsibilities of Operations Manager until the position is filled.
Board of Directors
Barbara Pergament, Chairman - Actress. 1980 S. Ocean Park 8K, Hallandale, FL 33009 (954) 456-0877
Lucille Acocella, Secretary/Treasurer - North West Airlines. 1228 West Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 532-3274
George Neary - Director of Cultural Tourism Greater Miami Visitors & Convention Bureau. 701 Brickell Ave. 2700, Miami FL 33131 (305) 539-3000
Marybeth Sheehan - DeNiro Realty. 9592 Majestic Way, Boynton Beach, FL 33137 (561) 734-6698
Cristiane Roget - West Coast Correspondent AP+Films International. P.O.Box 17715, Beverly Hills CA 90209 (310) 858-7062
Seth Finkel, Esq., Legal Consultant - Finkel and Associates. 28 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130 (305) 379-7538
Founding Circle and Board of Trustees
(in development for the Cinematheque and MBIFF)
Juan Carlos Zaldivar
Director/producer Juan Carlos Zaldivar completed both his BFA and MFA in film studies at NYU Film School. In 1990 his second short, Palingenesis, was nominated for a Student Academy Award. His award winning thesis film, The Story of The Red Rose, premiered at Sundance in 1997, winning a grant from the Warner Bros. Film Production Fund and a Silver Plaque at the Chicago Intl. Film Festival, and will air on Showtime this fall. In 1998 Juan served as a juror for the Sundance Film Festival short film category, and wrote/directed the Sundance trailers that year, How To Make A Bird, How To Make A Tree, and How To Make A River. He was elected a Sundance Film Institute Fellow that summer. Juan produces for the PBS show In The Life. He teaches at the Undergraduate Film Program at NYU, and is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
Rhonda L. Mitrani
Director/producer/editor Rhonda Mitrani is graduate of the University of Michigan, BFA, where she directed her first short film Skin and Bones. She began her film career at Miramax Films in New York as Post Coordinator on such films as Marvin's Room, and assisted on Modulations which played at Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. As editor, she was principal on such films as Hit and Run (best screenplay LAIFF, 1999), and edited for the Internet company Pseudo Programs and recently for the film The Suitor. She is a regular editor for ABC news. Cuba Mia is her first feature documentary, which has already won Best Documentary at the Wolfson Florida Moving Image Archive Awards.
Technical Coordinator Aleksandar Stojanovic - CWS Productions
Grants Consultant Pola Reydburd
Special Events Producer Paulo Sadri - TMG Productions, Miami Beach, FL/Beverly Hills, CA
International Film Festival Liaison Sandy Mandelberger - International Media Resources, New York, NY
North and South American Correspondent Jesse Rodriguiz, Chicago, IL