Eduardo Santa-Maria

Degree: Master of Science in Mass Communication

College/School: College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts

Eduardo Santa-Maria, better known as Eddy Moon, represents the spirit of invention and interdisciplinary collaboration promoted within the College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts. He brings together his talents in the arenas of art, entrepreneurship and strategic communication to contribute to South Florida’s blossoming creative economy. He exemplifies the college’s mission of uniting disparate forces to prepare graduates for the challenges of the 21st century’s information, technology and innovation economies.

Born and raised in Miami, Eddy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami International University of Art and Design and soon after co-founded Quantus! Features, through which he produced an independent film that is currently touring the world one film festival at a time. With the goal one day to encourage more such productions in South Florida, and eventually to open up more jobs to unemployed artists, he enrolled in CARTA’s Global Strategic Communication track.

Instead of leaving for Los Angeles or New York, Eddy has made a commitment to the place he loves. He has contributed time and talent to nonprofits such as the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, for which he produced marketing videos in support of their fundraising events. And for the past year he has dedicated himself to educating aspiring filmmakers at the New York Film Academy on South Beach, where he has guided youngsters in creating short films while also himself working on various projects for the school.

In the future, Eddy hopes to use the knowledge and skills acquired at FIU to shine a light on independent cinema across the world.