College Student Builds Own Iron Man Suits

 

A student in Lakeland has a unique way of spending his free time.

Dorian Alberti, an engineering student at Florida Polytechnic University, has a hobby of creating his own versions of the Iron Man suit. He has made 14 suits, and he is currently making suits 15 and 16.

“Well, since I was really young, and the first Iron Man movie came out in 2008, I actually started to think that I wanted an Iron Man suit,” Dorian said. “As I started to build them, my expertise wasn’t that great. As I grew up, it got more intricate and better looking.”

Dorian built his first suit when he was only in the fifth grade. He constructs the suits by himself in a shed behind his house in Madison.

“He went from using duct tape and cardboard, and from that, the suits are going to progress a lot more,” said Carlos Rodriquez, another student at Polytechnic University.

Dorian has high expectations for his future suits. He wants to include bullet resistance material, strength that exceeds human strength and the ability to fly. Dorian wants to work for a military contractor to build these suits.

“I feel like I could help a lot of other people with what I do,” said Dorian. “The more progress I make, the closer the gap gets of me being able to do that. I hope it can protect us as Americans, if I get to that point.”

Film director travels across country for Gasparilla International Film Festival

 

A film director from Los Angeles traveled miles to see his film air in the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Jordan Roberts’ movie “Burn Your Maps,” was selected to be the first film shown during the kick off night of the festival.

The movie is centered around an 8-year-old boy that realized he does not belong in an American society but rather in a Mongolian one. He goes to extreme measures to travel to Mongolia to reach, what he believes, is his true home.

“It’s based on a short story,” Roberts said. “It’s only about seventeen pages and I think the short story takes us about 15 minutes into the movie and then everything after that was invented.”

The movies shown in the Gasparilla International Film Festival are all selected by its president, Rachel Feinman. This is her third year as president and each year she spends hours watching movies that have the potential to be shown in the festival.

The Gasparilla International Film Festival has launched into eight full days of film and festivities for the first time in its existence.

“This is our eleventh year for the film festival,” Feinman said. “It’s something that brings unique films to the community and also supports our local filmmakers in the community.”

Education panels for the film industry also launched for this year’s Gasparilla International Film Festival.