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Five Questions with “Arts For Every Life” Documentary Director Famor Botero

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, as part of Snap! Orlando’s YOU ARE HERE project, hosts “Backstage” featuring the premiere screening of the documentary “#ArtsForEveryLife,” this Saturday, May 23 at 7pm. The film provides a behind-the-scenes look at Central Florida’s arts community and the building of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The screening is free and offers guests a rare opportunity to enter the Walt Disney Theater from backstage.

The film’s director Famor Botero is a Full Sail University graduate and was thrilled to return to Central Florida for this project. He shot his first documentary as a Full Sail student, and the Saturday following graduation he screened the film at a local theatre. The documentary, “Take Me Home,” caught the attention of MSNBC and provided Botero with a platform for his future which would include an invite to the Oscars.

While filming his project “Los Ocho” in Miami, producer Robin Cowie approached him with the opportunity to helm the “#ArtsForEveryLife” project, which takes its name from the stated “vision” of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPCPA), and focuses on the extraordinary growth of our arts community and the leaders behind it.

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Image from #ArtsForEveryLife

We asked Famor Botero these five questions:

1. What surprised you most about the Central Florida arts community today?

My biggest surprise was the pride and authenticity of its artists, the support they have for one another and the humble welcome I received from each and every one of them. This truly is a community of amazing people.

2. What do you see as the biggest change in our arts community since the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts entered the scene?

The biggest change I have seen since the opening is the connection between smaller arts organizations, it seems as if they now have a bigger place to call home where everyone comes to get inspired.

3. “Arts For Every Life” is the vision for both the performing arts center and for this film — what does “Arts For Every Life” mean to you?

Personally I believe that we are all artists, deep inside we feel the need to create something out of nothing…. There is an artist in everyone; there is art for all and by all.

4. Which genre of the arts aside from filmmaking is your favorite?

In a world surrounded by visual arts in all of its genres, I find music to be fascinating. I often close my eyes to the sound of music and it transports me to places that only exist in my imagination. As an artist the sound of art inspires me to create and survive in a world filled with so much negativity. My goal is always to inspire people no matter where I go. Music allows me to keep a clear head so I can continue to do just that.

5. You got invited to the Oscars! We are  so jealous! What can you tell us about that experience?

Attending the Oscars was an amazing experience. Meeting people I have admired and people whose careers inspire me was definitely a huge step towards beginning to fulfill my own goals as a filmmaker. Although a lot of people tell me in the four years since graduating I have achieved a lot, I feel this is only the beginning. I feel blessed and I’m very humble about my journey. I have really big dreams to be accomplished and the best part of all these dreams is that when I close my eyes I have the certainty that I will accomplish them all, so I have a lot of hard work to do and a lot of people to inspire.

Some of Famor Botero’s work includes the award-winning short film “Los Ocho,” “ProjectMad” starring Dr. Maria Miller and featuring Gerald De Pego, and the documentary “Take Me Home.” His upcoming projects include a feature film with Oscar Winner Anthony Lamolinary titled “The Mothership.”

“#ArtsForEveryLife” was produced by Robin Cowie, directed and co-Produced by Famor Botero and sponsored by the Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts.

Snap! Orlando’s YOU ARE HERE is a month-long event designed to engage guests in social, historical, and artistic conversations through the mediums of photography, visual arts, and film. The event includes a full schedule of exhibitions, lectures, experimental media and workshops showcasing the energized core of Orlando’s arts and culture movement. Learn more here.



Connect with Famor and learn more about his work at www.famorbotero.com.

RSVP for the free screening here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/snap-orlando-presents-backstage-film-premiere-at-dr-phillips-performing-arts-center-tickets-16424144057

Conquering Kilimanjaro Florida Premiere

More than a film, Conquering Kilimanjaro is an inspirational shout out to cancer survivors everywhere that celebrates the power of love and the irrepressible nature of the human spirit. It is a feature length documentary on the Survivor Summit participants’ life-changing and life-challenging efforts to climb Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain at 19,341 feet.

Please join us for a special red carpet film premiere as we celebrate the Florida premiere of Conquering Kilimanjaro and stand up for our inspirational friend and colleague Wendy Chioji. A two-time cancer survivor, Wendy has been diagnosed with recurrent Thymic Carcinoma and has just been accepted into a clinical trial. Wendy will be in attendance and will share her inspirational story with the audience. A former Central Florida news anchor, Wendy was part of Survivor Summit 2014, the expedition team chronicled in Conquering Kilimanjaro, the documentary film by Marc Middleton. The film celebrates the power of love and the irrepressible nature of the human spirit documenting the life-changing and life-challenging efforts to climb Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain at 19,341 feet. The climb was led by world famous high altitude mountaineer, Chris Warner and in addition to Chioji and Middleton, included LIVESTRONG CEO Doug Ulman, world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Masson and other survivors and advocates from the cancer community.

A portion of the proceeds from the event, which is being held at Full Sail Live at Full Sail University, will be donated to the LIVESTRONG Foundation in Wendy’s name.

Local Filmmaker Enters 2015 Academy Awards Race

by: @jenvargas

Earlier today, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced submissions for next year’s Oscar race. Will we see a Florida filmmaker on the Red Carpet at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in 2015? Anything is possible! Below is a really LONG list of films in the running (just to be considered!) for a Documentary Feature nomination… but we hope to see Florida representing next year!

All 134 of the documentary feature films listed below have submitted their work *just to be considered* for a place (out of 15) on the Academy Awards’ ShortList. What you may not know is this; Fulfilling The Academy’s requirements just to be considered is a long, detailed process involving scheduled east and west coast screenings, several written reviews and many more steps just to advance in the voting process. Submitted films may also qualify for other categories, aside from Documentary Feature, should they fulfill the other category requirements for which they may be eligible.

One of the 134 films submitted is called, “Tanzania: A Journey Within.” Emmy Award winner and DeLand resident, Sylvia Caminer and her production team from DolGer Films, Directed and Co-Produced this documentary feature film, which premiered in New York City on World Malaria Day in support of non-profit organization, Malaria No More.

The film takes place in and around the United Republic of Tanzania, located in East Africa, and follows the journey of two University of Miami graduates, Kristen Kenney and Venance Ndibalema. The film asks the question; “What happens when a scientist/philosopher from an impoverished African nation takes his American friend on a journey to the place where humankind began?”


While the ShortList announcement won’t happen until some time in December, the 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. (www.oscars.org will live stream the noms.)

The Oscars® live telecast will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood (with Neil Patrick Harris as host!), and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

You can also follow The Academy online via their social media sites:

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards

October 31, 2014

134 Documentary Features Submitted For 2014 Oscar® Race

LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq”
“Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case”
“Alive Inside”
“All You Need Is Love”
“America: Imagine the World without Her”
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”
“Antarctica: A Year on Ice”
“Art and Craft”
“Awake: The Life of Yogananda”
“The Barefoot Artist”
“The Battered Bastards of Baseball”
“Before You Know It”
“Bitter Honey”
“Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity”
“Botso The Teacher from Tbilisi”
“Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart”
“The Case against 8”
“Cesar’s Last Fast”
“Citizen Koch”
“Code Black”
“Concerning Violence”
“The Culture High”
“Dancing in Jaffa”
“Death Metal Angola”
“The Decent One”
“Dinosaur 13”
“Do You Know What My Name Is?”
“The Dog”
“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
“Evolution of a Criminal”
“Fed Up”
“Finding Fela”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Food Chains”
“The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden”
“Getting to the Nutcracker”
“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”
“The Great Flood”
“The Great Invisible”
“The Green Prince”
“The Hacker Wars”
“The Hadza: Last of the First”
“Hanna Ranch”
“Happy Valley”
“The Hornet’s Nest”
“I Am Ali”
“If You Build It”
“The Immortalists”
“The Internet’s Own Boy”
“Ivory Tower”
“James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge”
“Jodorowsky’s Dune”
“Journey of a Female Comic”
“Keep On Keepin’ On”
“Kids for Cash”
“The Kill Team”
“La Bare”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Last Hijack”
“The Last Patrol”
“Levitated Mass”
“Life Itself”
“Little White Lie”
“Llyn Foulkes One Man Band”
“Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles”
“Merchants of Doubt”
“Mission Blue”
“Mistaken for Strangers”
“Monk with a Camera”
“Nas: Time Is Illmatic”
“National Gallery”
“Next Goal Wins”
“Next Year Jerusalem”
“Night Will Fall”
“No Cameras Allowed”
“Now: In the Wings on a World Stage”
“Occupy the Farm”
“The Only Real Game”
“The Overnighters”
“Particle Fever”
“Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes”
“Pelican Dreams”
“The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”
“Plot for Peace”
“Point and Shoot”
“Poverty Inc.”
“Print the Legend”
“Private Violence”
“Rabindranath Tagore – The Poet of Eternity”
“Red Army”
“Remote Area Medical”
“Rich Hill”
“The Rule”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Shadows from My Past”
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”
“A Small Section of the World”
“Smiling through the Apocalypse – Esquire in the 60s”
“Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”
“The Supreme Price”
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”
“Tanzania: A Journey Within”
“This Is Not a Ball”
“Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence”
“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”
“True Son”
“20,000 Days on Earth”
“Under the Electric Sky”
“Underwater Dreams”
“Waiting for August”
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”
“Warsaw Uprising”
“Watchers of the Sky”
“We Are the Giant”
“We Could Be King”
“Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”
“A World Not Ours”