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Where Miami - - CONTENTS - Nayib Este­fan FILM BUFF AND FOUNDER, SE­CRET CEL­LU­LOID SO­CI­ETY

Q: What sparked your in­ter­est in film?

A: I saw a lot of movies when I was very young that I prob­a­bly shouldn’t have seen, but they made me who I am.

Q: Why did you de­cide to start the Se­cret Cel­lu­loid So­ci­ety?

A: To have an op­por­tu­nity to [show films] that nor­mally wouldn’t get played in a movie theater, that nor­mally wouldn’t have a shot. Q: What's hap­pen­ing in Mi­ami's film scene? A: Mi­ami now is one of the cap­i­tals for revival films and for 35mm screen­ings. We are Mi­ami’s longest run­ning mid­night movie se­ries. New York and Los Angeles have had this long his­tory of coun­ter­cul­ture and ab­stract think­ing, but Mi­ami is new to the game. That’s how "Moon­light" hap­pened. It’s a won­der­ful time to be in Mi­ami.

Q: You re­cently won a grant from the Knight Foun­da­tion. What for?

A: We are rip­ping the pro­jec­tion booth out of the cin­ema [and bring­ing] it to dif­fer­ent neigh­bor­hoods and spa­ces. "Water­world" was screened on a barge out on Biscayne Bay, as spec­ta­tors watched from kayaks and boats.

Q: What are your must-do for first-time vis­i­tors?

A: Co­ral Cas­tle, eat Cuban food and at­tend a screen­ing at O Cin­ema, where they have a VHS store in the lobby.

Q: What's next?

A: The revival of the Se­cret Cel­lu­loid So­ci­ety road­show, but now in 35mm and con­tin­u­ing the Satur­day mid­night shows we have be­come (in)fa­mous for.

“Co­ral Cas­tle, eat­ing Cuban food and see­ing a screen­ing at O Cin­ema are must-dos for first­time vis­i­tors.”

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