Miami Dade College Says "Ciao" to Miami International Film Festival Director, Literally
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Finzi sold out Gusman Center for the Performing Arts with such festival programming. But she also played to the art house film crowd with picks like Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers, No One Knows About Persian Cats, and Eraserhead.
Back in March, she told us "I accepted this job as a challenge to bring my taste -- cutting-edge, radical films -- to this town, a beautiful place where people come for enjoyment, big parties, and holiday but not to see a Russian or Chinese movie." So were her tastes too edgy? Did the sold out crowds complain?
The festival is experiencing a changeover in several key positions. The former assistant director Valeria Sorrentino recently left her post to move to Brazil and work for the Rio International Film Festival. And Vivian Donnell Rodriguez, Miami Dade's director of cultural affairs, retired just last month. No word yet on their replacements.
As reported by the Miami Herald, Finzi sensed something was changing within the festival, but she wasn't given a specific reason for the change in personnel. MDC's chief of staff, George Andrews, just called her and said: "I would like to tell you that your contract is not being renewed. Good luck and ciao."