Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Coral Gables Art Cinema consists of noted industry figures and community leaders.
Steven Krams, Founder
Marlin Ebbert, Chair
Steven Eisenberg, Vice Chair
Gustavo Lopez, Secretary
Executive Advisory Committee
Steven Krams has been involved in motion pictures since childhood when he started collecting 16 and 35mm films over 50 years ago. He attended the University of Miami School of Radio Television and Film and first worked as a TV broadcast engineer in South Florida. He owns both Magna-Tech Electronic, a supplier and installer of cinema projection and sound systems in theaters worldwide, and Continental Film & Digital Labs, South Florida’s premiere professional film and digital services center. The non-profit Coral Gables Cinematheque was founded by Mr. Krams in 2006 to develop and run the Coral Gables Art Cinema, which opened in October 2010, and Mr. Krams continues to serve as its president.
Hailing from rural Washington State, Brenda cut her teeth in non-profit work and film production in New York City. Her love of film was cultivated while working with some of the industry’s finest as Associate Director of SCENARIOS USA. Upon moving to Miami she served as VP of Operations at Openfilm.com and Head of Acquisition/Distribution at Magna-Tech Entertainment. She served as the Cinema's Administrative Director from January 2017 to October 2018. Brenda became a new mom in late 2017 and her son has been raised in the Cinema. She hopes he'll be taking tickets by 2019. If you see her or him please be sure to say hello.
Michelle began her work in non-profit organizations as a wild animal keeper in New York City. She earned a Master’s degree in General Psychology with a focus on Animal Behavior and Conservation from Hunter College. She has worked for Toronto International Film Festival, Miami Film Festival, and in various roles at the Gables Cinema, starting with the organization just a few months after it opened its doors. She returned to the Cinema in late 2018 after living in Canada.
Elevator to the Gallows, Rosemary's Baby, Psycho
Originally from Queens, Gina began her love of cinema as a little girl. She started working in multiplexes as a teenager in Denver, CO before moving her way to the non-profit world. In 2006, she began working at the Denver Film Society and spent the next 16 years there as the Director of Operations. Gina started Cinema Operations Consulting in 2022 and began advising for Coral Gables Art Cinema and ran operations for Vidiots Foundation in LA, where she helped open their year round cinema and video store. Gina also served as the operations track head for Art House Convergence and resided on the Transitional Working Group for the organization. Gina is also a frequent juror for the Oak Cliff Film Festival and the Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival.
Aside from her love of the cinematic experience, Gina is an avid baseball fan and a loyalist to the hit television phenomenon LOST.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Sister Act (I &II)
Nelson is from Havana, Cuba where he studied accounting. In Miami, he took an English course at Miami Dade College. Nelson has previously worked at International Cinema Equipment and worked as a Theater Manager-Projectionist at the Tower Theater.
Born and raised in Miami, Rick has been a customer service provider since 2008 with experience in programming events and working in the non-profit sector. Starting his career path as a volunteer at Zoo Miami, over the years he's managed multiple venues across Miami-Dade and helped coordinate film festivals and special events. While a lover of films, he became more interested in the history of cinemas and how they operate, he can give you a rundown of the most historical or lost cinemas across Miami-Dade and fascinating history tidbits of each. Aside from his love of historical landmarks and cinemas, Rick is a huge animal lover and he’ll gladly show off pictures of his Siberian husky, Zeus.
Jaws, Jurassic Park, Twister
Born and raised in Colombia, Nicolás grew up amidst TV sets, immersing himself in the captivating world of entertainment. This upbringing was greatly influenced by his father, Hernando "El Culebro" Casanova, who was an actor. Inspired by his father's profession, Nicolás developed a deep passion for the film industry from a young age. He went on to pursue his love for filmmaking by obtaining a bachelor's degree in Film and Television from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia. In 2017, Nicolás accomplished a significant milestone by completing his first feature documentary, which explores the life of his late father and served as a tribute but also opened doors for Nicolás in the film industry. Nicolás is an active member of The Colombian Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences - ACACC)
For as long as he can remember, Angel has been fascinated by movies. He was born in the Dominican Republic but grew up in Miami, spending most of his time perusing the aisles of Blockbuster Video in search of new worlds to explore. The bough broke when Angel began making short films with the family's video camera. It became clear that he would be interested in little else, so it was agreed that Angel should travel to New York City to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from New York University. In the years since, he has worked as a freelance filmmaker. Today, he can be found roaming the corridors of the cinema, working hard to bring great movies to Floridians who desperately need them.
Kevin is a Cuban writer, born and raised in Miami with interests in film, movies, and even motion pictures. He's loved cinema ever since his father showed him Robocop when he was 10 years old. He has a Bachelor's in English - Creative Writing as well as a certificate in film studies, both from Florida International University. Kevin wants to eventually become a screenwriter for major motion pictures. In his spare time, he writes short stories and screenplays as well as makes short films.
The Nice Guys, Cinema Paradiso, City of God, Barton Fink, and Lawrence of Arabia
Diana is a Miami native with a background as diverse as her city and has found her place at the intersection of community engagement and the arts. She earned her associate degree in social work and her bachelor’s in Supervision and Management from Miami Dade College.
Through her work background in retail, government, and non-profit, Diana cultivated essential skills in organization and leadership. A shift to the Miami Dade Public Library System allowed her to channel her passion for learning and community support. Transitioning to non-profit roles, Diana thrived in case management, dedicating herself to empowering others. Now at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Diana's journey comes full circle. The cinema provides a unique space to foster community bonds through the powerful medium of film—a mission that resonates deeply with her background in social work and community engagement.
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice
Caroline is a film enthusiast who spent her teenage years taking photography and art classes. After graduating from Florida International University in 2020, she worked in marketing, where she was able to use her photography skills. Her love for traveling, art, and fashion, have led to many unique experiences around the world. She hopes to start a business selling unique decorative and fashion items.
The Talented Mr. Ripley