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Film-maker Season 4 Premieres On South Florida PBS

June 08, 2021



For Immediate Release: June 7th, 2021

Miami, FL - South Florida PBS (WPBT & WXEL) is excited to announce the new season of film-maker premiering on Tuesday June 8th at 7:30 PM on WPBT and Thursday June 10th at 5:30 PM on WXEL. This new season showcases 13 films through 5 episodes sharing stories that define the South Florida community, explore diverse themes, and deepen the understanding of ourselves and our neighbors.

“We are very pleased to be able to launch the fourth season of film-maker. Not only will South Florida PBS broadcast these films to an estimated 6 million viewers, we will also distribute the series online and offer it up for national distribution, providing these filmmakers access to a significant new audience,” said president and CEO of South Florida PBS, Dolores Sukhdeo.


Episode descriptions are as follows:

Episode 401 premiering on June 8th on WPBT and June 10th on WXEL:

  • Conjunto Universal – Directors George V. Lopez & Michael J.L. Mechoso

During a time when Cuban exiles were seeking refuge in Miami due to the new Castro regime, a talented group of musicians formed a band to keep their musical heritage alive by playing for fellow exiles through dark times as they started a new life in the United States.

Episode 402 premiering on June 15th on WPBT and June 17th on WXEL:

  • Wade in the Water: Drowning in Racism – Director Cathleen Dean

From seaweed to lost beach balls, sun-seekers bump into all sorts of surprises swimming along Florida’s iconic beaches. For Black swimmers however, there’s a complex history floating off Florida’s blue waters – one of segregation and violence, but also one of protest and resistance. “Wade in The Water: Drowning in Racism” dives deep into Black Florida’s fight for the right to swim, the film brings to life the 1960s Civil Rights protests that desegregated the state’s beaches and swimming pools.

  • Femme – Director Carla Forte

Focuses on and inspired by Latin American women in South Florida who in some way have felt oppressed by their social circumstances.

Episode 403 premiering on June 22nd on WPBT and June 24th on WXEL:

  • In a Lifetime – Director Frantzy Moreau

Olly and Ade are two friends who cherish their bond and relationship. However, one strives to leave the environment by any means while the other grows dependent on the friendship.

  • Third Trinity – Director Yara Travieso, Playwright by Teo Castellanos, Produced by Jason Jeffers

A wise Puerto Rican santera bestows a puzzling premonition upon her pregnant daughter, who fears losing her artistic practice to the demands of motherhood.

Episode 404 premiering on June 29th on WPBT and July 1st on WXEL:

  • Peanut Headz George Washington Carver- Director and Animator Jason Fleurant

History is always happening and the Treal Toonz’ Peanut Headz have got you covered when it comes to sharing quick bites of Black History in fun and exciting ways! This Peanut Headz episode of Black History Toonz features, “How George Washington Carver Saved the South.

  • Superficie  - Directors Sandra Portral-Andreu and Mateo Serna Zapata Superficie is a response to our connections between the natural and man-made world. How do our haptic senses respond to environmental impulses? How does the environment react to our actions? Superficie plays with surfaces, touch, textures, movement, and sounds that are both internalized and externalized.
  • On the Note of Humanity & Unity – Director Roxana Barba

A tender ode to the inner world that fuels our strength and the caring hand we all need during turbulent times.

  • Mooring - Directors Annik Babinski and Jorge Gonzalez-Graupera

For more than 30 years, people have been living on their boats in the mooring field off Dinner Key Marina. Some choose a life on the water. For others, it’s a calling. In Mooring, Mike reflects on life on his boat and the winding channels that brought him to the water.

  • Offline- Director Carla De Jesus Jerez

When your relationship to the internet changes, from a place of exploration and opportunity to a place of collective action and reaction, it can become challenging to locate the Self. I sit with plants and allow them to show me who they are and how I should engage with them without a single word. It is within them that I find the blueprint of life on this confusing planet – it is within them that I feel most my Self.

  • Mommy, Will You Play With Me? – Director Avram Dodson

An uncanny child wrests Mother's attention from a Zoom meeting.

Episode 405 premiering June 29th at 11 PM on WPBT and June 22nd at 10:30 PM on WXEL (Due to mature themes this episode is airing a later than the rest):

  • Sunnyside – Directed by Miguel Angel Tamayo, Assistant Director Catherine Mairena

Thirteen year old Lola has grown up fast with her boozer father as they live and work at a gritty motel – the Sunnyside. Lola dreams of finding her absent mother but things turn from bad to worse when she learns she is pregnant.

When a young drifter checks in, Lola sees a new opportunity to finally escape the Sunnyside for good.

  • Fairchild – Director Kali Kahn

An impressionistic journey into the internal world of Joey, 15, through a seemingly mundane day at summer camp in the Florida Everglades as she sinks dangerously deep into the mire of social pressures around her.

About South Florida PBS:

SOUTH FLORIDA PBS is Florida’s largest public media company, including Public Broadcasting stations WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast, and WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and the Health Channel, a 24/7 television and multi-platform health and wellness service. SOUTH FLORIDA PBS connects organizations and institutions across our region and preserves South Florida's history. Leading the way in this global society, SOUTH FLORIDA PBS serves diverse communities from Key West to the Sebastian Inlet and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee. SOUTH FLORIDA PBS is committed to creating and presenting unique arts, education and cultural heritage programming, and tells different local stories across a variety of digital media platforms. Some of our award-winning productions include James Patterson’s Kid Stew, Changing Seas, Art Loft and Your South Florida. For more information, visit https://www.southfloridapbs.org.