Board of Advisors

The Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival advisory board brings expertise from various segments critical to the arts, science and business development.   We have made great gains from the advice and challenge they have provided.

Board of Advisors

<p><center>Marcia Anderson</center>

Marcia Anderson
Marcia Anderson is well versed in many disciplines and fields which over the years have translated into various professional and life opportunities. She attended the College of the Holy Cross, a liberal arts school not only known for the rigor of its academics, but for its commitment to developing community leaders who work towards the common good. With her fellow college students, she joined the Appalachian Service Project and Habitat for Humanity to further her community commitment. As a double major in Biology and Classics, she attended the School for Field Studies in Queensland, Australia, to study the effects of deforestation on its aboriginal community.

After graduation, she was accepted to the Classics department at Florida State University, where she majored in Classical Philology with a concentration in Museum Studies. In her second year, she was selected as the Trench Supervisor for the Cetamura del Chianti archeological excavation in Radda, Italy. Her work with late Etruscan and early Roman artifacts helped land her a vital position with the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee, FL., where she developed exhibits and installation pieces.

Upon receiving the Most Outstanding Student award for her graduate work, Marcia moved to Miami, FL to teach Latin and Roman studies at Doctors Charter School. Her success with the program resulted in being appointed as the Department Chair for the Foreign Languages, Art, and Music departments in her second year of employment.

In 2007, the City of Miami asked Marcia to join the design team of the new $25 museum to be built on a historic city park. During her tenure, she worked with an international museum design company to develop the overall vision for the museum project. Marcia was responsible for the historical research, design concept, exhibition design, and program development.

In 2008, the Dade Community Foundation selected Marcia to its Miami Fellows Initiative program, a highly selective group, chosen as emerging community leaders, who participate in an 18-month fellowship which cultivates scholarly interaction between participants and the community. Over the years, Marcia has utilized her study and work in history, art, and museology, to further the Miami community’s appreciation of historic space. In 2009, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized Marcia for her accomplishments and named her as a 2009 Diversity Scholar.

Marcia owes her unique understanding of cultures and community, art and history, to her childhood. At the age of four she began studying ballet at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; at age six she took up the violin, both of which she still studies and teaches today. She traveled extensively around the world with her high school and The City of Cincinnati Orchestra and danced alongside the Cincinnati Ballet. She currently teaches ballet to students of all ages. Her passion for the arts is why she continues to stress the importance of infusing art into an individual’s life. She strongly believes that an arts education makes individuals better thinkers, more creative learners, and active life participants.

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<p><center>Michael Chasin</center>

Michael Chasin
Michael is an award-winning filmmaker (including Best Screenplay) with experience ranging from writing, directing, editing, and producing to screenplay consulting.

His passion for film has also returned him to the classroom where he has lectured on screenwriting and filmmaking at the International Academy of Film & Television – and where he now blogs for their LA campus.

Michael has also seven times served as a Best Screenplay Judge.

Along with a Diploma in Filmmaking, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Human Resource Management, and a Master’s in Business Administration.

In his spare time, Michael reads widely, severely neglects his lawn (but his neighbors still love him), and exercises just enough to delude himself that he is still in black belt shape.

<p><center>Zach Evangelista</center>

Zach Evangelista
Mr. Evangelista is involved in a number of community organizations and activities. He is on the Board of Directors for Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, where he serves as co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee and the Schools Committee. He is also on the advisory board of the Miami Sci-Fi Film Festival. He presents workshops and webinars for SCORE and the FIU Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center on a variety of legal topics for start-ups and small businesses. He is a pro bono lawyer for Dade Legal Aid’s Venture Law project and was selected to be a part of the inaugural Legal Aide Academy. He is also a member of the Florida Bar Business Law Section, the American Bar Association, and the Crowdfunding Professional Association. Zachariah Evangelista received his Juris Doctor degree from the Florida International University College of Law in 2011, with honors. Mr. Evangelista has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York and obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from Florida International University. Mr. Evangelista is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida.