With a background quite different from most other film and broadcasting teachers, Dr. Devin Marsh spent most of his life as a touring and recording musician with his band, Nori Nori, or working in his recording studio, The Chill Lodge where he has composed, recorded and produced for various recording artist, films, commercials, ballets, and dance groups. He has received degrees in music education, music performance, production and composition. On a Gary Burton Scholarship, Dr. Marsh studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He continued his studies at the University of Miami where he received his Bachelors in Music Education, a Masters in Commercial Music and a Doctorate in Theory and Composition. For the past 26 years he has held teaching positions from elementary to graduate level, including a director position at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Since all the “Rockstar” positions were full, his path led him to become the director of the internationally award winning AP Mays Media, at The Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts in Miami, Florida (a small school with a long name and a big personality). Starting with not much more than a hope and a dream, in six years he has, redesigned the Mays Theater and the WMCAtv television studio and established the program into an internationally award winning department of media entertainment technology.
WHO WE ARE
The team behind the After School Film Institute
Ronald Baez is a Caribbean-American film and television writer/director. His latest short film, SCENES FROM OUR YOUNG MARRIAGE, premiered at the Borscht and Miami Film Festivals. The short film has since been distributed with Seed & Spark SVOD, and had its broadcast premiere in June on South Florida PBS affiliate station WPBT2. Currently, Baez is pursuing a variety of projects including an upcoming web-series titled IMMIGRANT STORIES, exploring the origin stories of immigrant families across the country, as well as an immersive mixed-reality project titled KING TIDE, made possible with the support of the Fledgling Fund and the University of Florida MET Lab. Baez was previously the Artistic Director of the Miami Film Development Project, a Miami-based film and media arts initiative aimed at assisting filmmakers and media artists throughout South Florida.
Kevin Cerchiai has worked in the entertainment industry for nearly 30 years as a sound technician on feature films and television. He has been a part of two teams nominated for an Academy Award for Sound Mixing (Transformers and Transformers: Dark of the Moon). Because of his unique career, Kevin has been fortunate to travel around the world to places like Japan, China, the Caribbean and all around the US. He recently completed the ninth season of The Walking Dead.
When not on a movie set, Kevin spends his time in the community he’s called home for most of his life: South Florida. He serves on the community outreach board for Cornerstone Food Pantry where he’s been active for ten years. The pantry prides itself on providing food for 2,000 individuals each month. Kevin was the Media Operations Captain for the Orange Bowl committee for several years and was honored to be recognized as Captain of the Year. He’s volunteered in the Miami-Dade County Public School system for many years and in several capacities, including creating educational videos, acting as an advisor and companion to high-risk students through the Listener program, and serving on multiple Principal of the Year committees. In 2007, he was presented with the Runner-Up Volunteer of the Year award for the county.
Kevin is currently working with a group of students to produce a web series about giving back to the community.
Tim is an Emmy award winning mixer. As a broadcast audio mixer on The Oprah Winfrey Show for more than 20 years, he has mixed musical performances for hundreds of A-List artists including Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Prince, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake to name a few. A graduate of University of Miami, Tim currently works from his studio outside Chicago doing post production audio for TV and Film.
His recent credits include mixing shows for Discovery Networks, PBS, E! Entertainment, MTV and the OWN network as well as documentaries “A Distant Peak”, “Chicago’s True Nature” and the award winning “All the Queens Horses”.