David Cypkin’s collaborations with Rakontur production company (includes podcast)

In the first episode of Let’s Talk Miami, FIU student Daniela Thoelke interviews Miami film producer David Cypkin, who has created documentaries about Miami culture for decades. The documentaries can sometimes be controversial and told with a skill that leaves you wanting more.

Cypkin works side by side on storytelling with Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman, owners of movie production company Rakontur. The name is derived from the word raconteur, one who tells stories with skill. He explains how to interview someone in vulnerable stages of life and gain their trust to tell a story. Cypkin explains a strategy of “say it and show it” when putting a documentary together piece by piece.

Daniela Zulueta is pursuing her master’s degree in global strategic communications and graduated from FIU with a bachelor’s degree in digital broadcasting in 2023. She also holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Miami Dade College. Zulueta loves the city of Miami and aims to share the stories of the citizens who live here and all over the world. Zulueta runs a social media platform with her husband called @Lifestyle_Miami where she works with local businesses and does community based work. Currently, she works for NBC6 South Florida & Telemundo51 as a stage manager and wants work both behind the scenes and as an on-air talent.