Soft Opening Sneak Peek Night at Blue Starlite by the Bay at Kennedy Park 9/9/15

Soft Opening Sneak Peek Night at Blue Starlite by the Bay at Kennedy Park
Wednesday, 09/09/2015 – 09/30/2015 07:45 pm – 12:00 am
524679_5a9bf8ce75394276b653fdaba092816b.jpg_srz_p_915_455_75_22_0.50_1.20_0“Blue Starlite By The Bay” at Kennedy Park
2476 South Bayshore Dr,
Miami, Florida 33133
Website
Cost: $8 per person, $7 walk-ins, $5 for extra passengers

Introducing Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In’s “Blue Starlite By The Bay” at Kennedy Park in the Coconut Grove

This September, Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In is setting up its big screen at a new venue, and one with plenty of outdoor intrigue. Situated in the Coconut Grove area, the drive-in’s “Blue Starlite By The Bay” welcomes movie fans to enjoy films on Bayshore Drive in between Miami’s striking Kennedy and Peacock Parks, and for the very first time on the weekends. Blue’s new home is the perfect place for patrons to relax and get their outdoor film fix on while breathing in fresh, waterfront air and reveling in the natural beauty of the surrounding parks.

“Blue Starlite By The Bay” is a collaboration made possible by The City of Miami Parks and Recreation with the help of the Commissioner of Miami, Marc Sarnoff. Blue’s new entertainment escape sits just a few blocks down from Scotty’s Landing and Monty’s Raw Bar and Restaurant—two of Miami’s most well known places for drinks and eats on the water. The car park at this location can host up to 30 vehicles a night, featuring a grassy area near the front of the screen for bikers and walk-in guests. Patrons who wish to secure their space early can do so and enjoy an outing in the park, time on the playground or a walk along the bay before settling into their cars for an evening of film screening fun.

Throughout the first month of fall, Blue Starlite will screen a mix of romance and adventure-packed family films—such as Princess Bride, The Goonies, Grease (the sing along), Alice In Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and Jaws. In the spirit of Blue Starlite’s cinematic experimentation, the Blue will offer alternative rock’n roll listening options for The Wizard of Oz and Alice In Wonderland with its popular late night Psychedelic Cinema Series. Film lovers can opt to enjoy Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album with The Wizard of Oz or choose to listen to the The Wall soundtrack as they view Alice In Wonderland.

As September comes to a close and Halloween season approaches, Blue Starlite will gear up for its biggest month of the year: October. Fans of the drive-in are encouraged to check the website for more details on upcoming events and screenings at www.miamiurbandrivein.com.

Movie Schedule:

*Gates open at 6:45pm for all 7:45pm films and at 9:30pm for all 10:15pm showtimes.*

Sep 9 7:45pm Soft Opening Sneak Peek Night at Blue Starlite by the Bay at Kennedy Park: Grease (The Sing Along)-

Sep 11 7:45pm/10:15pm Blue Starlite By The Bay Grand Opening: Grease and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Sep 12 7:45pm/10:15pm Blue Starlite By The Bay Grand Opening: SuperCon hosts Tron and World 1-1 (The Atari Documentary)

Sep 19 7:45pm/10:15pm Blue Starlite By The Bay Grand Opening: The Goonies and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Sep 25 7:45pm/10:15pm Blue Starlite By The Bay Grand Opening: The Goonies and Alice In Wonderland (with bonus alternative soundtrack to Pink Floyd’s The Wall)

Sep 26 7:45pm/10:15pm Blue Starlite By The Bay Grand Opening: Princess Bride and Alice In Wonderland (with bonus alternative soundtrack to Pink Floyd’s The Wall)

Sep 30 7:45pm Blue Starlite By The Bay Grand Opening: Jaws

Oct 3 7:45pm The Wizard of Oz with bonus listening option to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A.- Student Showcase 9/2/15

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A.- Student Showcase
Wednesday, 09/02/2015 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
NOLA-regO Cinema
90 NW 29TH Street,
miami, Florida 33127
Website
Cost: $12

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A.: a monthly short film competition series that gives local artists the opportunity to network and a platform to showcase their hard work. This month, FilmGate will feature all students, from High School, Undergrads to Graduates! Don’t forget to network after the screening with local filmmakers, actors, musicians and other creatives along with our esteemed guest judges.
Looking to do some self promotion? The Percolator is the place for you! From 6:30-7PM, promote your upcoming film, share your crew notice and sell your skills. Meet creatives of all kinds during #ThePerc.
Keep an eye out for the filmmakers to be announced soon! #stayMIA

Once There Was A Place… 9/9/15

Once There Was A Place…
Wednesday, 09/09/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Miami-Skyline-p-g-w-romer-crop-sepiaMiami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD)
100 NE 1st Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: Free

If you’ve ever wondered what Biscayne Boulevard looked like when it was brand new – or what the Miami Beach Kennel Club looked like before it was South Pointe Park, or what Lincoln Road looked like when cars drove on it, Sylvia Gurinsky has a show for you.

Gurinsky, a history consultant, tour guide and freelance writer, has dug through the files at the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College to find film and video clips that recapture vanished South Florida places and spaces.

The result: “Once There Was A Place…,” an informal tour through South Florida’s past presented by Gurinsky. The screening is open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments will follow.

Among the sights recovered by Gurinsky’s research are the Brickell Mansion, home of William and Mary Brickell, captured in never-before-seen footage photographed shortly before the building was demolished.

Three Miami hotels that defined the Magic City’s boomtown skyline, the Columbus, Everglades and McAllister Hotels, are featured, as are the Diplomat Hotel, a MiMo classic designed by Norman Giller, and Morris Lapidus’ Fontainebleau, shown under construction on the beachfront site of Harvey Firestone’s mansion.

Sport facilities such as Miami’s beloved Orange Bowl and the Miami Beach Kennel Club, neighborhoods from Overtown to Sunny Isles and other sites are also covered in “Once There Was A Place…”

Self Defense for Artists: Become a Legal Ninja 8/29/15

Self Defense for Artists: Become a Legal Ninja
Saturday, 08/29/2015 – 09:00 am – 01:30 pm
ninjaFilmGate Interactive
90 NW 29TH Street,
maimi, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: Early Bird: $18 GA:$25

How do you protect your and your project’s rights? It’s time to be up to date with legal methods to protect your work and learn how artists protect their work in today’s digital age!

Meet entertainment attorney Ivan Parron Esq from Parron Law, who represents clients in music, motion picures, television, fashion and sports.

Anticipating legal challenges can mean the difference between a shelved project collecting dust and a successful release. This workshop will help you identify legal issues and develop a toolkit to navigate challenges as they arise.

StoryCode Miami 8/26/15

StoryCode Miami
Wednesday, 08/26/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
sc_logo_colorsFilmGate Interactive
90 NW 29TH Street,
miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

STORYCODE MIAMI RETURNS ON AUGUST 26TH!
The third installment of 2015, StoryCode celebrates artists creating immersive media projects in Miami.
StoryCode is a platform for emerging and established cross-platform and immersive storytellers to share their work. At each event, South Florida creatives present their immersive and multi-platform projects, and discuss their interactive experiences, challenges, solutions and their future.

Ladies Leading Film Series: His Girl Friday 8/7/15

Ladies Leading Film Series: His Girl Friday
Sunday, 08/07/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
hisgirlfriday-WEBThe Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: Free and open to the public

Ladies take the lead in our summer film series inspired by the hard-working, trailblazing women featured in the special exhibition Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. Rosalind Russell kicks us off with her portrayal of an ace reporter who won’t take no for an answer—even when it comes from her dashing ex-husband/editor, played by the ever-charming Cary Grant.Upcoming films: His Girl Friday (8/7), Adam’s Rib (8/14), Norma Rae (8/21), and Nine to Five (8/28)

Casting 101, Presented by FilmGate 7/25/15

Casting 101, Presented by FilmGate
Saturday, 07/25/2015 – 09:00 am – 01:30 pm
jordiO Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: $25

CASTING 101 LAB

Whether you’re making a blockbuster hit or a nano-budget indie flick, all filmmakers know that matching an actor to the script is crucial to the success of a film. Yes, some directors choose to do it themselves, but the experience and expertise of a casting director is invaluable to the pre-production process. Actors and filmmakers alike are able to maximize creativity and success if a casting director puts the two together correctly.

From how to get the best out of your casting director to finding the right talent agent who will book you in Miami, LA and New York, this is an incredibly valuable workshop that will demystify the process from the complementing perspectives of a group of successful professionals: actor Jordi Vilasuso, casting director/manager Manny Arca, and casting directors Ed Arena and George Ortiz.

If you are an actor in South Florida planning to attend, please bring your headshot and your reel, we are creating an actor archive that we would like to share with our members and the casting directors in attendance.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

ACTORS
– how to land a contract with an agent
– how to pick the agent that’s right for you
– you have an audition- now what?

FILMMAKERS
– what to look for in a casting director
– how to build relationships with the right casting agents/directors
– how to plan a successful audition process
– offers, contracts, and the business of casting your film

CASTING DIRECTORS
– what does a casting director do?
– seeking talented actors
– network the right way
– picking apart the script; how to choose the right talent for the story

MEET THE HOSTS

JORDI VILASUSO

Jordi Vilasuso grew up in Miami, Florida and has been acting since he was eleven years old. He began his career doing community theater and working in the television and film industry in South Florida. When he was 18 years old he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career and shortly thereafter moved to New York City for a contract role on the CBS daytime drama “Guiding Light.” After winning an Emmy in 2003, he moved to Los Angeles to further pursue work in film and primetime television. Notably, Jordi has worked in films with some of the finest actors in Hollywood from the likes of Paul Giamatti and Andy Garcia. He has acted in numerous primetime television programs and in 2013 he returned to Daytime television’s most acclaimed drama, ABC’s All My Children, where he starred in the role of Griffin Castillo in the show’s final year of broadcast. Jordi can next be seen in the Hulu series, South Beach, where he will star as the show’s villain, Isaac Santero. Jordi has contributed his talents to emceeing and hosting many events for influential organizations as well, such as MALDEF, which is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. He has been honored as one of Miami Magazine’s Modern Hispanic Gentlemen, a campaign recognizing influential philanthropists and their charities. Most recently, he was bestowed with the Golden Orange for his acting by the Miami Media Film Market. He is grateful for all the support he has received from his hometown of Miami and looks forward to telling more stories that can inspire others to follow their dreams.

MANNY ARCA

Dolphin Entertainment / Dolphin Digital Media / Dolphin Talent Management. Coral Gables, Florida / Los Angles, CA. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, Manuel “Manny” Arca has worked the entire field when it comes to Actors and Models. Manny, started out as an agent in Miami Beach,Florida in the days of the supermodels: working at top tier agency’s for talent of all kinds for Film / Television / Print. Working his way through the entertainment industry, currently; manager and casting director for Dolphin films / Dolphin entertainment and Dolphin Digital Media. Mannyis Vice President of Casting and Talent management. His TV casting credits include hit international shows such as: Miami Sands and Ocean Avenue. Both filmed in Miami. Nickelodeon’s Ned’s declassified and Zoë 101. Dolphin Entertainments Canadian productions include Family channel’s What’s up Wort Hogs. Mannys casting credits also include Dolphin Entertainment’s LifeTime Network movies such as Christmas in Paradise, Stranded, Break in and Hiding, which was an international production filmed in Canada. In the new media front, Dolphin digital media’s shows: Cybergedon, H+ and Aim High were also projects casted by Manny. Happy to announce the soon to be released summer 2015 original series, “South Beach” on Hulu (filmed in Miami and casted in Miami). Dolphin Films is proud to announce its first feature film with Mattel. The upcoming feature film release of Max Steel.

Get Back to School Ready With RiteCare Urgent Care Centers 8/8/15

Get Back to School Ready With RiteCare Urgent Care Centers
Saturday, 08/08/2015 – 11:00 am – 03:00 pm
5.5"X8.5" Post Card TemplateRiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center Hialeah
915 W 49th Street,
Hialeah, Florida 33012
RSVP Link
Cost: Free

RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Centers in South Florida are getting kids ready for back to school with a fun back to school health fair. RiteCare MC will be offering specials on sports physicals for kids along with back to school check-ups to make sure kids are healthy and ready for an amazing new year in school. Vendors from local establishments will on site giving away free goodies to those in attendance and there will be games and music for everyone to enjoy.

Join RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center on Saturday, July 25th at the Falls and on Saturday, August 8th at the Hialeah location for an afternoon of fitness, health awareness, and treats to get everyone ready to go back to school this fall. For more information go to www.ritecaremc.com

**Present coupon below to receive discount.

Blue Starlite Drive-in Movie Theater- Season Finale 6/25/15,7/1/15,7/13/15

Blue Starlite Drive-in Movie Theater- Season Finale
Wednesday, 06/25/2015 – 07/13/2015 07:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Drive-in-main-logoBlue Starlite Drive-in Miami
3500 Main Highway,
Miami, Florida 33133
Webpage Link
Cost:

Miami’s One and only Drive-in Movie Theater presents it’s 2 weeks season finale on (Select Mon,, Tues) and Weds, and Thurs Nights through July 13th!

Miami Film Month Shorts Showcase 6/20/15

Miami Film Month Shorts Showcase
Saturday, 06/20/2015 – 12:00 pm – 02:30 pm
Miami-Film-Month-Miami-Shorts-ShowcaseO-Cinema Miami Beach
500 71st Street,
Miami Beach, Florida 33141
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Cost:

Organized by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, CineVisun and the BFMG, Miami Film Month is raging on and you won’t want to miss any of it. This Saturday is the screening of the Miami Film Month Miami Shorts, films that have screened at festivals around the world; Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Slamdance and Miami’s own Miami International Film Festival. They are some of the best from Miami and represent an eclectic selection of genres, including narrative shorts, documentary, animation and more. It’s a golden age for Miami filmmakers with a dynamic panel afterward with the filmmakers about how they did it, Miami filmmaking and where it’s going. This weekend, Saturday, June 20th at 12:00 p.m. at O-Cinema, Miami Beach. Get your tickets now, it will sell out: www.tinyurl.com/miamishorts

Miami Film Month Special Screening The Record Man By Mark Moormann with Q&A 6/6/15

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Miami Film Month Special Screening The Record Man By Mark Moormann with Q&A
therecordmanJune 6, 4:00PM – 6:30PM
Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall
1130 Washington Ave
South Beach, FL 33139
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Registration
Adult (Non-Member) – $11.00 (USD)
Cultured Circles – $9.00 (USD) Registration code required
MBC Member – $9.00 (USD)
Student/Senior – $10.00 (USD)

A Miami Film Month Special Screening!
Presented by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

The Record Man
Directed by Mark Moormann, 2015, 109mins.
Featuring Henry Stone and these artists and songs: James Brown: Please, Please, Please, Ray Charles: St. Pete Blues, Sam & Dave: Hold On I’m Comin’, George McCrae: Rock Your Baby, wen McCrae: Rockin’ Chair, KC & The Sunshine Band: Get Down Tonight, Benny Latimore: Let’s Straighten It Out, Ray Munnings: Funky Nassau, Timmy Thomas: Why Can’t We Live Together, Jimmie Bo Horne: Dance Across the Floor, Bobby Caldwell: What You Won’t Do For Love, Anita Ward: Ring My Bel…and many more.

The Record Man is a uniquely American story of how a group of musical underdogs with raw talent and diverse backgrounds, led by the indefatigable determination of one man, Henry Stone, exported the music of Miami to the world.
Before there was a “music business” there was Henry Stone, “The Record Man”. From distributing records out of his ’48 Packard to establishing TK Records as the largest independent label of the 1970s, Henry had an ear for hits. His funky eight-track studio and chart topping family of artists including KC and the Sunshine Band, led to the original Miami Sound and birth of Disco. When his empire collapsed on a baseball field in Chicago in 1979, Henry didn’t miss a beat launching Miami Freestyle.
Official Selection: Miami Int. Film Festival
Q&A with director Mark Moormann & Company,
Moderated by Kevin Sharpley

The True Cost, A Fashion Documentary: Screening & Discussion 5/29/15

The True Cost, A Fashion Documentary: Screening & Discussion
Friday, 05/29/2015 – 05/29/2015 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
es915u220 Northwest 27th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Website Link
Cost: $10

Learn more and take part in the local conversation.
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

6:00PM cocktails
7:00PM screening
8:30PM panel discussion

Cine Al Fresco Presents: Space Jam 5/30/15

Cine Al Fresco Presents: SPACE JAM
Saturday, 05/30/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:30 am
Cine-Al-FrescoO Cinema
90 NW 29th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
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Cost: Free

The Cine Al Fresco series takes the magical experience of art and culture under the stars. Once a month, our outdoor courtyard will be transformed to give families and friends of the Wynwood community a chance to unite through art, film and music.

– This event is FREE to the public.
– Feel free to bring your own blankets and chairs.
– Dinner will be available for sale from Vibe 305!
– Dog Friendly!

This Month’s Featured Film: SPACE JAM

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan and cartoon favorite Bugs Bunny team up with other basketball greats and Looney Tunes characters in this combination animated/live-action feature. Jordan must help the Looney Tunes gang with a basketball game against a group of outer space creatures whose plan, if they win, is to kidnap the Looney Tunes and take them to a failing intergalactic amusement park as the latest attraction. Also starring Academy Award-nominee Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation,”“Charlie’s Angels”) and Wayne Knight (TV’s “Seinfeld,” “Rat Race”).

Supported by Art Place

Freedom Flicks presents: Concerning Violence 5/20/15

Freedom Flicks presents: Concerning Violence
Wednesday, 05/20/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:30 pm
Flyer-2Made at the Citadel
8325 NE 2nd Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33138
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Cost: Free

As Baltimore jumps knee deep into the struggle, the Black Lives Matter movement has evolved into the Black Spring. And in the media we are witnessing a polarizing debate about the acceptance, inevitability and effectiveness of the eruptions in the street. Unfortunately, the question is usually posed in very simplistic terms: For, or Against violence.

We need a deeper analysis, so this is the perfect time to watch Concerning Violence – an unforgettable film that combines unseen footage of the African liberation movements of the 20th century with Frantz Fanon’s deep analysis on the relationship between violence and resistance.

Doors open at 7:00, film goes on at 7:30
Screening is free, drinks are cheap, and free popcorn will be flowing!

Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohoiW9HrXkc

More information about Frantz Fanon here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frantz_Fanon

Welcome to Kutsher’s Documentary Screening 6/7/15

Welcome to Kutsher’s Documentary Screening
Sunday, 06/07/2015 – 04:00 pm –
Welcome-to-Kutshers-Poster-SmDave & Mary Alper JCC – Robert Russell Theater
11155 SW 112th Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33176
Webpage Link
Cost: Free for JCC members / $5 public

Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort, is coming to the Russell Theater! Kutsher’s Country Club was the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher’s was family-owned and operated for over 100 years, until its sale and demolition in 2014. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience through a close up look at Kutsher’s rise and fall, this award-winning film captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes.

Cine Al Fresco Presents: The Iron Giant 4/25/15

Cine Al Fresco Presents: The Iron Giant
Saturday, 04/25/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:30 pm
Cine-Al-FrescoO Cinema
90 NW 29th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The Cine Al Fresco series takes the magical experience of art and culture under the stars. Once a month, our outdoor courtyard will be transformed to give families and friends of the Wynwood community a chance to unite through art, film and music.

– This event is FREE to the public.
– Feel free to bring your own blankets and chairs.
– Dinner will be available for sale from Vibe 305!
– Dog Friendly!

This month’s featured film: THE IRON GIANT

In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes’ Cold War fable, a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel) crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and beatnik Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr.) must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine.

Supported by Art Place

The Fontainebleau on Film 4/24/15

The Fontainebleau on Film
Friday, 04/24/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Fontainebleau-Hotel-March-1955-p-Samuel-Gottscho-LOC-gsc-teal-crop-soul-of-miamiMiami Dade College Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Avenue, Room 8401,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: Free

“Ready for its close up” on the day its doors opened in 1954, the Fontainebleau Hotel was designed for grand entrances and glamorous scenes.

Film critic and history buff Kevin Wynn uses unique film clips from the Wolfson Archives and excerpts from feature films to trace the Fontainebleau’s film “career,” an arc that also reveals the hotel’s rise and fall as a symbol of glamour and excitement.

Wynn will also present unique film and video from the Wolfson Archives that documents the Fontainebleau’s construction and opening, its popularity with celebrities and tourists and the context of its creation.

Presented during Dade Heritage Days, the informal talk is a presentation of the Wolfson Archives and Dade Heritage Trust.

Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

ECOMB’s 4th Annual Miami & the Beaches Environmental Film Festival 5/15/15

ECOMB’s 4th Annual Miami & the Beaches Environmental Film Festival
Wednesday, 04/15/2015 – 04/19/2015 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ecomb_FF_Poster-11x172_NO-LOGOS_CropedColony Theater
Lincoln Road Mall, 1040 Lincoln,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: 0

Join the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches (ECOMB) for the upcoming 4th annual Miami and Beaches Environmental Film Festival.

This years event will be held April 14-19th, 2015 and will highlight its overarching theme climate change awareness. Showcasing a compelling array of films based on environmental issues of local and global concern, this year’s Festival also coincides with important milestones, namely the Centennial of Miami Beach and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, which has been at the forefront of raising awareness globally about sustainable development and climate change.

In addition to screenings of feature length documentary films, fiction, short films, and animation, this year’s Festival will also include interactive workshops and complementary exhibits and other activities for people of all ages.

Fusion Presents: Generation in Crisis 3/18/15

Fusion Presents: Generation in Crisis
Wednesday, 03/18/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
NewTropic_FusionscreeningO Cinema Miami Beach
500 71st St,
Miami Beach, Florida 33141
RSVP Link
Cost: Free

From Syria to Central America, more than one billion children are living in areas affected by war or conflict. Join Fusion and The New Tropic for a special screening and discussion on “Generation in Crisis,” a new documentary from Alicia Menendez that looks at how young people on three continents are dealing with trauma, displacement and violence. It’s a timely subject with important connections to the experience of many Miamians.

Following the 45-minute film, we’ll host a Q&A with the filmmaker and a brief discussion on immigration and conflict with local voices.

Light food and drink will be served.

A free RSVP is required.

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. April Edition 4/1/15

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. April Edition
Wednesday, 04/01/2015 – 06:00 pm – 09:30 pm
NOLA-black-1-copy-smaller-copyO Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: $10 Online, $12 at Door

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. (NOLA) is a local short film competition that provides Miami filmmakers a platform to showcase their work. As April NOLA falls on April Fools’ Day, we’ve designated April NOLA to Comedy short films.

In addition to showcasing local filmmakers, we also will be showcasing a Comedic Act, Musicians, 3 notable guest judges, and Wynwood Brewery. I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. is the longest running filmmaker networking event in South Florida, facilitating filmmakers, creatives, artists, musicians and more to connect and continue creating in South Florida.

Learn more & buy your tickets here: http://goo.gl/4iWO9I

Cracking the Codes of the System of Racial Inequality Movie and Community Discussion by Shakti Butler 3/15/15

Cracking the Codes of the System of Racial Inequality Movie and Community Discussion by Shakti Butler
Sunday, 03/15/2015 – 07:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami
7701 SW 76th Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33143
Webpage Link
Cost: free

UU of Miami is presenting the movie and a community discussion: “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity” from documentary film maker, Shakti Butler. This new film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity, and features moving stories from racial justice leaders. Come and join us for popcorn, brownies, soda and wine to watch this on our BIG screen in the church sanctuary.

The Record Man Documentary Second Miami International Film Festival Screening 3/12/15

The Record Man Documentary Second Miami International Film Festival Screening
The-Record-Man-Poster_webThursday March 12th, 9:40pm
O Cinema Miami Beach
500 71st St
Miami Beach, Florida 33141
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Due to high demand for tickets, there will be an additional screening of The Record Man at the Miami International Film Festival.

“Before there was a music business there was Henry Stone who shaped and catapulted the sound of 1970s Miami into the mainstream with his unique hit-breaking label TK Records and affiliates. Stone started out in the music distribution business which led him to establish his own independent music label which he ran from a warehouse in Hialeah. TK Record’s first big international hit was George McCrae’s Rock Your Baby in 1974, one of the songs credited to starting the disco revolution. The hits kept coming and by the end of the 1970s the label had several #1 songs in the Billboard Top 100 chart like Get Down Tonight and That’s The Way (I Like It) by KC and the Sunshine Band and Anita Ward’s Ring My Bell. Not long after the disco era was over TK Records went bankrupt, but Stone still had one last piece to add to the Miami music sound puzzle when he helped release what would become the first million seller freestyle hit record Fascinated by Company B and the rest is legit Miami music history.”- Andres Castillo

The Record Man World Premiere at Miami International Film Festival 3/10/15

A note from your Publisher: A little known fact is that I worked for Henry Stone for 10 of the 12 years I have lived in Miami. Stone was in the music business in Miami for well over sixty years. The name “Soul Of Miami” was actually inspired by the Miami Soul music from Henry Stone’s many record labels. I was privileged to be involved in helping to recover thousands of lost tracks recorded in Stone’s Miami (Hialeah) studios in order to re-release them on iTunes, other popular download services and, of course, henrystonemusic.com.

Henry passed away in 2014, but leaves a worldwide legacy of amazing music. His story is the story of music business history, both in Miami and worldwide. His influence was felt throughout the world as a hit-maker and innovator, but his name is little known because he was a behind-the-scenes guy, preferring to give the credit to others.

Now, a movie documentary about Henry Stone and his place in musical history is premiering at the Miami International Film Festival! See it at Regal Cinemas South Beach on March 10th at 7:00pm. Directed by award winning, Miami-based filmmaker Mark Moormann, this is a movie that is not to be missed! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW
– James Echols, Co-Founder & Publisher, Soul Of Miami; Founding Director, Life Is Art, Inc.

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The Record Man World Premiere at Miami International Film Festival
The-Record-Man-Poster_webTuesday March 10th, 7:00pm
Regal 17
1100 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Before there was a music business there was Henry Stone, who shaped and catapulted the sound of 1970s Miami into the mainstream with his unique hit-breaking label TK Records and affiliates. Stone started out in the music distribution business which led him to establish his own independent music label which he ran from a warehouse in Hialeah.

TK Record’s first big international hit was George McCrae’s Rock Your Baby in 1974, one of the songs credited to starting the disco revolution. The hits kept coming and by the end of the 1970s the label had several #1 songs in the Billboard Top 100 chart like Get Down Tonight and That’s The Way (I Like It) by KC and the Sunshine Band and Anita Ward’s Ring My Bell. Not long after the disco era was over TK Records went bankrupt, but Stone still had one last piece to add to the Miami music sound puzzle when he helped release what would become the first million seller freestyle hit record Fascinated by Company B and the rest is legit Miami music history.– Andres Castillo

Directed BY Mark Moormann
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 109min
Production Year: 2015
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award, Florida Focus

Mark Moormann is a Florida-based director, director of photography and producer. His documentary films include the Grammy-nominated Tom Dowd & the Language of Music, which world premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and also played 2003 Miami International Film Festival; and For Once In My Life (2010), an Audience Award winner at SXSW and Best Music Documentary winner at 2010 International Documentary Association awards.

Ten9Eight Viewing – Ignite Entrepreneurship Launch 2/26/15

Ten9Eight Viewing – Ignite Entrepreneurship Launch
Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
315 NE 2nd Ave
315 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Building 8, Floor 5
Miami, FL 33132
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NFTE South Florida’s Advisory Board invites you to join them for a viewing of Ten9Eight in their new co-located space at Miami Dade College’s Idea Center. The documentary shows the impact of the NFTE programming in young people’s lives as they prepare to compete in NFTE national business plan challenge. This is an opportunity to learn about NFTE, get to know staff and board members and enjoy a night out at the movies!

1 Year Anniversary at Downtown Bistro 2/5/15

1 Year Anniversary at Downtown Bistro
Sunday, 02/05/2015 – 05:00 pm – 09:00 am
10689421_336201269893788_5668430514504070704_nDowntown Bistro
114 SE 1st Street,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Join us for an extended happy hour as we celebrate our first annual birthday. Drinks will be offered as 2-4-1 including select wine, beer and sangria. Complimentary French inspired hors d’ourves will be passed along as well as birthday cake. However, we do really like cake so if you have a sweet tooth we recommend arriving on time.

We can’t wait to see you! If you would like to reserve a table during the happy hour or afterwards for dinner, call us at 305-374-7284 to reserve a spot.

Movies Under The Stars Miff Kick-Off 2/26/15

Movies Under The Stars Miff Kick-Off
Thursday, 02/26/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
tumblr_static_film-projector-520x386Canvas Lot
90 NE 17 Street,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: Free

A+E District in collaboration with Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival Present: Movies Under the Stars at Canvas!

This time, we are proud to welcome the MIFF kick-off screening of “Cafe de Flore”, a 13-time nominated Canadian film by the same director as “Dallas Buyers Club”, Jean-Marc Vallée. These outdoor showings take place right in your backyard: where the magic of movies and love for music merge.

Enjoy bites from Whole Foods and sip on wine by Barton & Guestier. Friends, family, and lawn chairs are encouraged!

RSVP required: [email protected]

Canvas Lot
90 NE 17 ST,
Miami, Florida 33132

Movies Under the Stars 1/22/15

Movies Under the Stars
Thursday, 01/22/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
imageCanvas Miami
90 NE 17 Street,
Miami, Florida 33132
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A+E District in collaboration with Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival Present: Movies Under the Stars at Canvas!

Featuring “Vinyl Days (Dias de Vinilo)” and other audience favorites from Canada and Argentina, right in your backyard: where the magic of movies and music merge.

Friends, family, and lawn chairs are encouraged!

RSVP required: [email protected]

Caribe Film Fest Black History Month Event 2/27/15-2/28/15

Caribe Film Fest Black History Month Event
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12:00PM – Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 9:00PM
cffpromoflier5lowresLittle Haiti Cultural Center
212 59 Terrace
Miami, FL 33137
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Welcome To The Inaugural Caribe Film Fest
A celebration of film from the Caribbean and the Americas.

Feature Films
Workshops
72 Hour Film Challenge Film Screenings
Award Show
Prizes

For More Information Visit www.CaribeFilmFest.com

Jacqueries Part 1: Second Performance 2/8/15

Jacqueries Part 1: Second Performance
Sunday, 02/08/2015 – 08:00 pm – 09:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-0113The Carlton Hotel South Beach
1433 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Jacqueries I is a political heist story told through movement — an inside-out experience of conspiracy, security theatre, and solidarity, inspired by parkour’s co-opting of urban space. The audience follows individual performers from scene to scene through undisclosed South Beach urban locations, linked by a custom iPhone app playing synchronized sound and showing 3D video overlays. With a score by multiple Dora award-winning composer John Gzowski and “eye-popping” augmented-reality video, Jacqueries “is almost like being in your own video game, except it’s real.” (Michael Crabb, Toronto Star)

We are committed to being accessible to audience members with disability. Please contact us with your specific concerns so that we can see how we can give you a great experience. Audience members will be loaned quality iPod touches and headphones in order to participate in the performance.

CREATORS
Directed and Choreographed by Jacob Niedzwiecki, Music Composed by John Gzowski, Performed by Luke Garwood, Catherine Larocque, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Anisa Tejpar and Mateo Galindo Torres

Jacqueries Part 1: First Performance 2/8/15

Jacqueries Part 1: First Performance
Sunday, 02/08/2015 – 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-0112Carlton Hotel South Beach
1433 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Jacqueries I is a political heist story told through movement — an inside-out experience of conspiracy, security theatre, and solidarity, inspired by parkour’s co-opting of urban space. The audience follows individual performers from scene to scene through undisclosed South Beach urban locations, linked by a custom iPhone app playing synchronized sound and showing 3D video overlays. With a score by multiple Dora award-winning composer John Gzowski and “eye-popping” augmented-reality video, Jacqueries “is almost like being in your own video game, except it’s real.” (Michael Crabb, Toronto Star)

We are committed to being accessible to audience members with disability. Please contact us with your specific concerns so that we can see how we can give you a great experience. Audience members will be loaned quality iPod touches and headphones in order to participate in the performance.

CREATORS
Directed and Choreographed by Jacob Niedzwiecki, Music Composed by John Gzowski, Performed by Luke Garwood, Catherine Larocque, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Anisa Tejpar and Mateo Galindo Torres

Running with Raven 2/8/15

Running with Raven
Sunday, 02/08/2015 – 01:00 pm – 03:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-0111Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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The story of a South Beach legend

Walk to the Fifth Street lifeguard stand on South Beach at 5:15 pm any day. You will see a bearded, long-haired shirtless man wearing black shorts, one black glove, and a headband that’s black, too. People call him the “Raven,” and he’s been standing in front of that lifeguard stand at that time for the last forty years, getting ready for his eight-mile jog up and down the beach. That’s right—Raven has run eight miles on the sands of South Beach every day since 1975, through concussions, hurricanes, food poisoning, animal attacks, hail and high water. And he’s still going.

This event will feature:

A reading of poetry written by the Raven himself
Screening of the feature documentary
Invitation to join the Raven on his famous 8 mile run on the beach following the film at 4:15 PM

Jacqueries Part 1: First Performance 2/7/15

Jacqueries Part 1: First Performance
Saturday, 02/07/2015 – 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-0110Carlton Hotel South Beach
1433 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Jacqueries I is a political heist story told through movement — an inside-out experience of conspiracy, security theatre, and solidarity, inspired by parkour’s co-opting of urban space. The audience follows individual performers from scene to scene through undisclosed South Beach urban locations, linked by a custom iPhone app playing synchronized sound and showing 3D video overlays. With a score by multiple Dora award-winning composer John Gzowski and “eye-popping” augmented-reality video, Jacqueries “is almost like being in your own video game, except it’s real.” (Michael Crabb, Toronto Star)

We are committed to being accessible to audience members with disability. Please contact us with your specific concerns so that we can see how we can give you a great experience. Audience members will be loaned quality iPod touches and headphones in order to participate in the performance.

CREATORS
Directed and Choreographed by Jacob Niedzwiecki, Music Composed by John Gzowski, Performed by Luke Garwood, Catherine Larocque, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Anisa Tejpar and Mateo Galindo Torres

Linear vs. Non-Linear Storytelling: When World Becomes Fiction with Patric Jean 2/7/15

Linear vs. Non-Linear Storytelling: When World Becomes Fiction with Patric Jean
Saturday, 02/07/2015 – 01:00 pm – 03:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-019Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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It Is now possible to tell stories using non-linear storytelling.

The wall between a fiction and the real world doesn’t exist anymore. The world becomes a total platform. Are we characters? Are we discovering an old situation with new eyes? What are the consequences of this new situation? Who are the puppet masters of our lives ? Should we feel responsible as authors and as citizens? Is it just an evolution?

Or just a new world?

ABOUT THE HOST

Patric Jean was born in Belgium in 1968. He studied theatre, litterature and cinema at Brussels University (ULB), Royal Brussels Conservatoire and at INSAS (cinema school). He directed severals documentary films for theater and television. He also worked on non-linear experiences like “Lazarus Mirages”.

He’s a pro-feminist and anti-prostitution activist. He published a first book about prostitution abolition in 2014. His next book (2015) is about men’s engagement for equality. He’s preparing a feature film about prisons (2015).

Digital VFX Lab with Wally Rodriguez 2/7/15

Digital VFX Lab with Wally Rodriguez
Saturday, 02/07/2015 – 11:00 am – 01:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-018Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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This post-production workshop will consist of a showing of “before and after” visual effects sequences and breakdowns demonstrating the creation of various types visual effects. Attendees will be shown examples of many forms of visual effects commonly used by leaders in the industry, including:

common cleanup and scene enhancements,
set extensions,
virtual environments,
beautification
scene re-lighting.
The ways in which modern color correction tools are used as a visual effect to improve most scenes will also be presented. The workshop will close with a short discussion about digital cameras and their role in production and visual effect, as well as a question and answer session.

ABOUT THE HOST

Wally Rodriguez a master of Flame, the premiere digital manipulation device in the visual effects industry. He was the second client worldwide to take delivery of the innovative system and continues to be instrumental in it’s development.

With over twenty years of experience, Wally’s hard work and perseverance has been recognized along the way. He has been the recipient of an Emmy award and various Telly, Addy and PROMAX awards.

FilmGate Interactive Presents: {The And} Game 2/6/15

FilmGate Interactive Presents: {The And} Game
Friday, 02/06/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-016Bass Museum
2100 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
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The { } And: http://theand.us/

Interactive Tech Playground 2/6/15

Interactive Tech Playground
Friday, 02/06/2015 – 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-015Loews Hotel South Beach
1601 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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The TECH PLAYGROUND is over 7000 square feet of exhibitor space, including an EXHIBITOR CENTER STAGE for seminars & product presentations and an interactive set with live actors. The TECH PLAYGROUND is the perfect opportunity to inform and educate your audience. The curated exhibitor floor is limited to only 20 companies.

We currently have our staff seeking out new technology companies that add to our mantra as a creative festival and inviting them to FilmGate Interactive. In the upcoming weeks we will featuring them throughout our website & social media platforms. Stay tuned in.

Creating Immersive Media Projects: A Hands-On Workshop 2/6/15

Creating Immersive Media Projects: A Hands-On Workshop
Friday, 02/06/2015 – 10:00 am – 02:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-014Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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There are a ton of amazing immersive media projects being created these days, but rarely do people discuss the process for how these types of projects actually get made.

The form is still so new that it can feel like a bit of a mystery. This workshop will answer questions like:

What are the key steps in conceiving and creating immersive media projects?
What are the phases and what activities happen in each of them?
What tools do you use in each phase?
What are the types of team members you need and how do you find them?
The workshop will commence with a hands-on paper prototyping exercise where we put what we’ve discussed to use.

This workshop is limited to 20 attendees. Creators should come with a project that they are working on (as well as a laptop/tablet if they wish).

ABOUT THE HOST

A digital veteran of 20 years, Mike Knowlton has always pushed the boundaries of storytelling and technology. He is a recognized leader in the global Transmedia community and is the Co-Founder of the non-profit, immersive storytelling community StoryCode. His work at StoryCode has created a vibrant cross-discipline community of innovative creators. StoryCode programs immersive media case study presentations, Transmedia education workshops, and Story Hackathons. He led in the production of the first-ever Story Hackathon, an event that was covered by Forbes, The Washington Post, and PBS. Mike’s background spans design, programming, advertising, sales/fund-raising, production, and filmmaking.

Futurestates 2/4/15

Futurestates
Wednesday, 02/04/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-013O Cinema
90 Northwest 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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What will America look like in 10, 15, even 20 years? Futurestates, the revolutionary series produced by ITVS, has been proposing answers to these questions since 2010. For its fifth and final season, Futurestates is presented as an immersive online video experience featuring short films that imagine robots with feelings, what education looks like in a wired world, and the future of prisons and our penal system. The central question at the heart of Futurestates is how technologies we may take for granted have a profound effect on our capacity to feel, create, live… and be human.

MelanchoLalaland Transmedia Opera and A Proper Marriage 2/3/15

MelanchoLalaland Transmedia Opera and A Proper Marriage
Tuesday, 02/03/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-012Miami Light Project Inc.
404 Northwest 26th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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MELANCHOLALALAND

It’s the 21st century, and time to re-invent opera, but in a way that’s more fun, less pretentious, and a little messed up.

MelanchoLalaland™—with music by composer and Florida Atlantic University professor Joey Bargsten and libretto by writer Thea Zimmer—accomplishes this by fusing traditional elements of opera, theater, and dance with new and experimental visual media forms, all set to an electronic music score. MelanchoLalaland™ tells the dark tragi-comic story of three artist/engineers who design mind-altering experiences, enhanced by self-pleasuring technologies and a variety of brain chemicals. They deal with disgruntled employees, corporate takeovers, dissatisfied girlfriends, and cheesy space-aliens.

A PROPER MARRIAGE

Concept / Choreography: Pioneer Winter

A Proper Marriage is a speculative piece that comments on the perceived co-dependence of music and movement, especially live music with dance–underlying properties of a dancer’s dependence on composition, and the musician’s own foresight to create action from sound. Sheet music is attached to the backs of dancers, and the musicians follow the dancer in order to read the music and maintain the melody. Irony rests in the notion that if the dancer moves too quickly and the musician cannot keep up, the music will falter and the dancer’s own rhythm will stop.

Pioneer Winter is a Miami-native choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker of Pioneer Winter / Collective. He is co-director of RIFT Blackbox and the curator of transmedia performances for FilmGate Interactive Media Conference. Winter also directs Project LEAP (Living Equality through Arts and Performance), a free dance and creative communication program for LGBTQ teens that focuses on teaching how to use the arts for activism and social change. He was recently awarded the 2014-2015 Miami Choreographer’s Fellowship, and is on faculty of the FIU Honors College. His project Grass Stains was also recently awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant.

Best of I’m Not Gonna Move to LA 2/2/15

Best of I’m Not Gonna Move to LA
Monday, 02/02/2015 – 06:30 pm – 09:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-011O Cinema
90 Northwest 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. (or NOLA, as we like to call it) is a monthly event hosted by Indie Film Club Miami that gives local musicians, comedians, and filmmakers a platform to show their work. Each month the audience votes for their favorite film by hurling stuffed animals at the director, and the winner is named. At FilmGate Interactive, all of the winning films of the year will screen in one final round, and the winner of I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. 2014 will once again be determined by the audience votes.

Don’t miss the best of the best of South Florida talent at this fun-filled event! And remember, #stayMIA

FilmGate Kickoff Party 1/31/15

FilmGate Kickoff Party
Saturday, 01/31/2015 – 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-01Miami Light Project Inc.
404 Northwest 26th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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FilmGate Interactive is an annual film festival that takes place across multiple venues in Miami. We invite you to join us for the kickoff party where there will be dancing, live music, film and more!

40 Weeks red carpet event 1/8/15

40 Weeks red carpet event
Thursday, 01/08/2015 – 06:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Miami-Invitation-page-001-2O Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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Cost: Free

Hello Filmspotting,

Big Belli, a production company based out of the New York area has just finished a one-of-a kind documentary titled 40 Weeks.

The film follows 13 women week-by-week through their pregnancies. We have had premieres and red carpet screenings in cities across the country since December 1st, and are having our Miami red carpet event on January 8th.

We would love to extend the invitation to our Miami screening of 40 Weeks to you. Please see the invitation with event details below, and let me know if you or any of your colleagues, friends, or family would like to attend. I will gladly add names to our guest list. There will be local press and a step and repeat where guests can have their photos taken on the red carpet. The director and producer will be in attendance so it will be a fun night!.

You may visit our website here, as well, which includes the film trailer: https://www.40weeksthemovie.com/

Hope to see you there!

RSVP to [email protected]

The Borscht Film Festival 9 12/18/14-12/21/14

The Borscht Film Festival 9
borscht9December 18 – 21, 2014
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33132
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Premiere of this year’s Borscht funded short films at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

The Borscht Corporation, is proud to announce The Borscht Film Festival 9, a 4-day event. Premiering at this year’s festival will be over 20 short films funded in part by the Borscht Corporation via The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The films will premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 20th at 8pm.

The film festival’s slate includes works by both regional artists (local filmmakers Bernardo Britto, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Monica Peña, Kayla Delacerda, Brian Deutzman, The Meza Brothers, and Bleeding Palm; street artist AholSniffsGlue; puppet and comedian Pepe Bilette) as well as national filmmakers (Ray Tintori, Terrance Nance, Jacolby Satterwhite, and more). The films will include feature appearances from Miami rapper Trina.

In addition to Borscht’s short film screenings, the Borscht Film Festival will also include a host of events including regional filmmaking screenings from the Miami Filmmakers Collective and Indie Film Club (and more), workshops, panels, a Downtown Miami film bike crawl, the launch of site specific film screening events Borscht Nites, Borscht multiverse theme parks at Young Arts, parties, and the premiere of Scarface Redux, a crowdsourced remake of the iconic Brian de Palma film, at Mansion Nightclub.

Some highlights include:
12/19: Papa Machete- the indigenous martial art created by Haitian slaves to defeat Napoleon’s army. Screening & master class in the ancient, dying art of tire machét, better known as Haitian machete fencing taught by Michael Dylan Rogers, one of the subjects of the film. Traditional Haitian lunch served after film screening. (A 2015 Sundance selection)

12/19: Hotel Intercontinental Take Over by Borscht Film Festival- no more Dancing Lady!

12/21: Scarface Redux!- the premiere of Scarface Redux a crowd sourced remake of the iconic Brian dePalma classic at Mansion Nightclub. ScarfaceRedux.com

Full Schedule (subject to change)
(Shirley’s Cinema is located inside of Gramps, 176 NW 24TH ST., Miami, FL, 33127)

Wednesday, December 17th
7PM
Indie Film Club Miami Screening
Shirley’s Cinema
Indie Film Club Miami hosts a presentation of interactive work from the FilmGate Conference. Special Presentation // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

8:30 PM
Miami Filmmakers Collective Screening
Shirley’s Cinema
What do a 96 year old farmer, a transgender youth and a psychic have a in common?
Some MFC! Borscht Film Festival invites you to come to see works-in-progress by members of the Miami Filmmakers Collective (MFC) and while you are there, win a papaya, make music by touching someone’s body and get a long-distance psychic reading via radio waves.Short Film Program // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

9:30 PM
Miami Filmmakers Unite! Opening Night Party
Gramps
Come say hello and enjoy drink specials with Miami Filmmakers Collective, Indie Film Club Miami, and the Borscht Corporation at the home base for Borscht 9: Gramps!

10 PM
Little Strong: Jose El Rey Retrospective
Shirley’s Cinema
Jose El Rey was a fictional recording artist active from roughly 2006 to 2009. Created and performed by Jose Flores in a series of live shows, albums, and web videos, Jose El Rey was a parody of Latin American machismo who became legendary for his drug-and-croquetta fueled concerts at the now-defunct PS14 and Vagabond spaces as well as befuddling Miami at large with impromptu performances on Calle Ocho and unsuspecting Cuban restaurants. He was also among the most notable early articulations of a uniquely Miami “spicster” culture: first generation Americans exploring their relation to their heritage through an ironically comic lens. While El Rey was murdered in 2009, his legacy lives on through his influence on the next generation of Miami creators. This program will be a screening of his works, footage from his live shows, and a conversation with Jose Flores himself as well as several surprise guests. Special Presentation // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

11:15 PM
Night Mystery Miami Movie #1
Shirley’s Cinema
Secret Celluloid Society presents a screening of a mystery movie from Miami’s cinematic past, Phillip Michael Thomas’s straight-to-VHS followup to Miami Vice, released in 1993. Hosted by Billy Corben, founder of Rakontur Films and director of the Cocaine Cowboys series and ESPN’s The U.Feature Film Screening // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

THURSDAY December 18th

4 PM
Welcome Dinner and Keynote Speech
Stiltsville
Cruise in the fearsome Borscht Armada to have dinner in one of the last remaining stilt houses in the middle of Biscayne Bay. Keynote speech by a hologram of DJ Khaled. By invitation only

7 PM
Spaceship Miami
Miami Museum of Science Planetarium, 3280 S Miami Ave Miami, 33129
A literary, cinematic, and musical celebration of Miami culture culminating in the launch of the El Viajero satellite, the first extra-planetary mission from Borscht’s Miami Aeronautics and Space Administration (MASA) division. This satellite will carry 305GB of Miami culture out of the solar system on a special hard drive and is expected to last approximately 2 billion years. Also: premieres of new short films by Adan Jodorowsky and others, interactive projections by Phenomenal Radness, a star show narrated live by Victor Vazquez (Kool AD, formerly of Das Racist), rare planetarium light shows, and a laser light show scored live by John Hancock III (formerly of ANR). Free beer courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon for those wearing space apparel.
Doors open at 7, films start at 8:30, performances start at 10.
Event // Short Film Program // Event is free with purchase of Borscht 9 ticket
Planetarium performance by Kool AD and John Hancock III is $10

11:30 PM
Hector. LA Screening and Criterion Collection Release Party
Shirley’s Cinema
The Miami premiere and official Criterion Collection 3-disk Blu-Ray release of Hector.LA by famous Hollywood director and local con-artist Nick Corirossi. Watch the film Roger Ebert called “flat-out the greatest movie ever made,” with the director present. He says he will berate you if you try to leave early or shift in your seat too much. Nick Pinkerton, a fancy film writer who is still alive, will conduct a thorough Q and A.Feature Film Screening // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

12:30 AM
Salon de (secret)
Shirley’s Cinema
Legally we cannot publish what will be played at this screening, but we can promise this series of short films commissioned and ultimately rejected by one of the biggest pop groups in the world have never been seen before, and will never be seen again. Short Film Program // Admission will only be granted with knowledge of password.

1 AM
Late Night Mystery Miami Movie #2
Shirley’s Cinema
Secret Celluloid Society presents a screening of a mystery movie from Miami’s cinematic past about violent multi-ethnic gangs on the streets of Miami and the delightful electro music they make, released in 1986. Hosted by Billy Corben, founder of Rakontur Films and director of the Cocaine Cowboys series and ESPN’s The U.Feature Film Screening // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

FRIDAY, December 19th

1:30 PM
Papa Machete Short Film Screening and Machete Fencing Master Class
Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137
Prowess with a sharp deadly object is one of, if not the most important skill a filmmaker must have. Join us for a screening of the short doc Papa Machete by director Jonathan David Kane and Third Horizon Media followed by master class in the ancient, dying art of tire machèt, better known as Haitian machete fencing, taught by Michael Dylan Rogers, one of the subjects of the film. Stick around for tasty traditional Haitian lunch!Special Presentation // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

4:00 PM
Law for Artists and Filmmakers
Shirley’s Cinema
Andrew Gerber used to be a fancy intellectual property attorney working for The Man. Now armed with their illuminati secrets, he has his own firm where he helps artists like Jillian Mayer and Bleeding Palm explore the ever-shifting landscape of fair use as well as representing artists like Ahol Sniffs Glue and Celia Rowlson-Hall on intellectual property litigation matters. In this panel he will be joined by fellow attorneys Jordan Fletcher (his colleague at his firm Kurshinsky Gerber PLLC) and Divya Jayachandran (IP counsel at NBCUniversal) to give a brief overview of IP law, fair use, copyright infringement, DMCA, trademark dilution, and how artists and filmmakers can avoid infringement and protect themselves from being infringed upon. They’ll all be available for drinks and questions at Gramps immediately afterwards. Special Presentation // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

5 PM
Borscht Dickie Ride! Downtown Miami
Bike ride starts at Gramps, 176 NW 24TH ST. Miami, FL, 33127
Bring your bicycle or hop on a complimentary Citibike as we ride to various locations for drink specials and secret screenings, making our way from Gramps to Borscht events at Museum Park, Intercontinental Hotel, and the YoungArts Campus. Sponsored by Dickies, free beer provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon.Event // Free..

6 PM
Ignition Remix: Lobby Takeover
Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL, 33131
Join us in the lobby and exterior of the Intercontinental Hotel as we unveil new installations of video and interactive art by Jillian Mayer, Coral Morphologic, Ahol Sniffs Glue, Vince Mckelvie, and more- culminating in the premiere of a 12-story tall 8-bit animation. Free cocktail for bikers! Free

7 PM
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Pet Friendly Outdoor Screening
Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33132
A special outdoor screening of The Greatest Miami Story Ever Told, the classic 1994 film beloved by Caucasians all over the world, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Bring your pets, we will have treats for them! In collaboration with Bookleggers Miami and the University of Wynwood, we will announce plans to erect a life-sized bronze statue of the film’s eponymous hero.Feature Film Screening // Free for pets and their humans

7 PM
THE MULTIVERSE
National YoungArts Foundation Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL, 33131
Walt Disney dreamt of Disney World. Borscht has THE MULTIVERSE, our DIY sketch of a theme park devoted to some of the infinite realities Miami contains. Enjoy food, games, and rides as you explore five different areas of THE MULTIVERSE theme park: a psychedelic town square inspired by Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse!, a virtual reality world, and a weird carnival, each designed by local filmmakers, as well as an emotional arcade and an outdoor cinema playing three programs of films:7:30 PM YoungArts Alumni Showcase: short films by National YoungArts Foundation alumni.
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts; assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development; and raises appreciation for the arts in American society.

9 PM
Borscht 0: Screening of short films created and curated by Miami high school students, far more interesting and relevant than anything else you will see at this festival. We are old, they are young. The know things we do not. Potentially the beginning of a new cycle of Borscht.10 PM Bosh Film Festival: The unofficial premiere of Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse!

Part 2 by Bleeding Palm, wherein Lebron’s real reason for leaving Miami will be revealed. Preceded by documentaries about Coral Morphologic and Raider Klan.Event //
Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $10 suggested donation

11:00 PM
Regional Film Showcase: New Orleans
Shirley’s Cinema
Court 13 brings you The Weekly Revue, New Orleans’ finest omni-sensual showcase, featuring a variety of soul-tainting entertainments and informations. Hosted by Toby Lou the Nasty One, your personal Rabbi. A show you’ve never seen before; we guarantee it.Special Presentation // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

11:30 PM
No Seasons Pool Party
Gramps
Special preview of the first three episodes of the Borscht episodic series No Seasons, a surreality show exploring Miami’s strange underworld, starring Julian Yuri Rodriguez, premiering next year on MTV (Other). Watch outdoors at Gramps from an above-ground pool.Special Presentation // Free

MIDNIGHT
Michael Arcos Retrospective
Shirley’s Cinema
Long before there was any artistic film community or support infrastructure to speak of in Miami, there was Michael Arcos. Often working completely by himself since the mid-90’s, Michael has steadily built a body of work that defies categorization, exploring small punk subcultures in suburbs such as Cutler Ridge and Westchester and inspiring many prominent local artists along the way. This screening will be a brief overview of his work culminating in the premiere of his new film and interactive installation Dream Throat at a nearby seedy motel (transportation provided).Short Film Program // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

2 AM
Late Night Mystery Miami Movie #3
Shirley’s Cinema
Secret Celluloid Society presents a screening of a dumb movie about a giant crab shot in Miami in 1980. Hosted by Nayib Estefan, founder of Secret Celluloid Society.Feature Film Screening // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

SATURDAY, December 20th

1 PM
Regional Film Showcase: Weird NorthWest
Shirley’s Cinema
Regional filmmakers Nandan Rao (Corvallis) and Zach Weintraub (Olympia) present a program of work representative of the interests, ethos, means of production and distribution from the Pacific Northwest, followed by a zine making session.Short Film Program // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

2:30 PM
Regional Film Showcase: Native American & Indigenous Communities
Shirley’s Cinema
Regional filmmaker Adam Piron (Arizona) presents a program of work representative of the interests, ethos, means of production and distribution of filmmakers from Native American & Indigenous communities. Short Film Program // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

7:30 PM
Borscht 9
Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL, 33132
Our flagship event. Screening of short films specifically commissioned for this festival made in/for/about Miami by local and guest filmmakers. Arrive early for concerts on the Arsht Plaza as well as a body building exhibition inside. Doors open at 7:30, bodybuilding competition begins at 8, films begin at 8:30. Short Film Program // $25 // $15 for students with ID // Empty seats will be given away on a first-come first-served basis starting at 8:15 PM

11:30 PM
Borscht 9 Official After Party
Gramps
Official afterparty for Borscht 9, with performances by Norvis Jr. and Miami bass legend and Pineal Warrior Otto von Schirach and friends. Special Presentation // Free

SUNDAY, December 21th

12 PM
A Morning Light
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL, 33139
Unofficial preview screening of a working cut of Ian Clark’s new feature film, an experimental narrative feature about wilderness, ecology, and extraterrestrial visitation. There will be a UFO related activity conducted by the director after the screening. Preceeded by Conditioner short film by Viking Funeral. Feature Film Screening // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

2 PM
MA
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL, 33139
Unofficial preview of a working cut of Celia Rowlson-Hall’s first feature film. MA is a modern day silent film. It is the story of a virgin mother on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas to give birth to our savior. After the screening the director will conduct a silent Q and A. Preceeded by They and The Spot short student film by Kayla Delacerda. Feature Film Screening // Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation

4 PM
Beach Picnic
13th Street and the Ocean
Sunshine, sand, ocean, dolphins. Come outside, jump in the water, have a sandwich. Nature, remember. Event // Free

8 PM
Scarface Redux
Mansion Nightclub, 1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL, 33139
Mansion Nightclub used to be a grand movie house, and for one night we restore that spirit with the premiere of the ongoing crowdsourced remake of Brian de Palma’s Scarface. Submit your own version of a scene at scarfaceredux.com by December 8th to be part of this iteration.Special Presentation // Feature Film Screening // Free if you contributed a clip to the film or $10 suggested donation

10:30 PM
Closing Night Party
Broken Shaker, Freehand, 2727 Indian Creek Dr Miami Beach, FL, 33140
Say goodbye, maybe forever. Also, take a book with you from Bookleggers mobile library. You’ve been watching movies all weekend and everyone looks cool holding a book. Free

The Borscht Corporation is a Miami-based non-profit that awards grants to local filmmakers and artists, throws events such as the quasi-annual Borscht Film Festival, and facilitates the creation of films, music videos, web experiments, and transmedia projects. Borscht has has facilitated the creation of several dozen films that have gone on to win Jury and Audience awards at national and international film festivals as well as Emmy and Telly Awards. The films have screened at hundreds of festivals around the world, including Sundance, Rotterdam, South by Southwest, Milan, AFI, Slamdance, New York, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Winterthur, Chicago festivals, as well as museums such as MoMA, New Orleans Contemporary, MAM, MoCA NoMi, and Guggenheim Museums in Venice, Bilbao, Berlin, and New York. Online, their work has received millions of views and been featured on the Vimeo homepage as Short of the Week, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Vice, Stereogum and has been named to multiple year-end top ten lists, including IFC.

The Borscht Film Festival is Miami’s quasi-annual local independent film fest. Borscht commissions and showcase films created by emerging artists that tell Miami stories, forging the cinematic identity of the city. Using a combination of awards, grants, and tax-deductible donations, Borscht green-lights and produces made-in-Miami films, then throws Miami’s cinematic event of the year to showcase them. The Borscht Film Festival has been called the “Miami’s alt-culture summit” as well as the “hippest, most eclectic and electric movie festival in South Florida” by the Miami Herald, and named “Miami’s Best Film Festival” by the New Times.

The Borscht Corporation is made possible through support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Cine Al Fresco featuring Indie Film Club Miami 12/6/14

Cine Al Fresco featuring Indie Film Club Miami
Saturday, 12/06/2014 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
cine-al-fresco-ad-backO Cinema
90 N.W. 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Welcome to O Cinema’s newest outdoor movie series!

Cine Al Fresco creates a place for people to come together & enjoy free, outdoor films as a community.

Scheduled to launch with fun family films in January,
our December edition will consist of short films ranging in experimental, European, comedic and documentary.

On Saturday December 6th, 2014 we will be featuring shorts from our friends at Indie Film Club Miami.
A South Florida film collective with the goal of empowering emerging creatives and innovative projects. Through creative friction, they strive to activate the stories of tomorrow.

Featuring a special free tasting from Hiro Sake!

Saturday night’s featured directors include:

Egon Von Schirach
Christian Proa
Carlos de Varona & Michael Valencia
Tina Francisco
Abdulrahman Khawj
Kara McCormack
Carl Knickerbocker
Diliana Alexander
Tina Francisco & Kara McCormack
Gianfranco Bianchi
Benito Portes

This event is free to the public.
Supported by Art Place.

Birdman Ticket Giveaway 10/24/14

Birdman Ticket Giveaway
Friday, 10/24/2014 – 05:00 pm – 08:00 pm
BIRDMAN-Friday-ff72Cafeina Wynwood Lounge
297 NW 23rd Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Swing by Cafeina this Friday for Birdman inspired cocktails at happy hour prices, 5-8pm for your chance to redeem advanced screening tickets of BIRDMAN, memorabilia and more! Screening date October 27th. Limited tickets available. 21 and up only.

New Belgium Brewing’s 2014 Clips Beer and Film Tour 10/24/14

New Belgium Brewing’s 2014 Clips Beer and Film Tour
Friday, 10/24/2014 – 07:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Clips-poster-11x17_Miami_2014Margaret Pace Park
1775 N. Bayshore Drive,
Miami, Florida 33137
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour is coming to Miami for the first time. Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings, while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Many of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith beers can be hard to come by and Clips offers the best way to try them. Up to 17 varieties from Lips of Faith to brewery classics will be on tap.

This beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show is going coast-to-coast hitting 21 cities in its fifth year with 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales benefiting local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised close to $400,000 for nonprofits nationwide. Clips is a fundraiser for Urban Oasis Project – outside alcohol is not permitted.

New Belgium selects approximately 20 short films for the tour each season. All selected filmmakers for the 2014 tour receive a trophy-worthy beer in a custom screen-printed bottle, made exclusively for the winning submissions. This year, the chosen films include a banana with an attitude, ultra marathoners running with stubborn animals, neon spandex and much, much more! It’s a diverse and highly entertaining line-up with something for everyone.

“Clips is a great place to come together with friends and relax,” said Christie Catania, Clips National Special Events Manager. “It is an outdoor evening gathering, where you can connect with friends, watch films and enjoy good beers. One-hundred percent of proceeds from beer sales benefits your local nonprofit.”

Other tips:
Food is welcome; alcohol is not (leave that to us).
Bring low chairs or blankets – or lounge on the grass.
Entire families are welcome.
Bring your I.D. if you plan to sample beers!
Bring a water bottle – New Belgium gives away water for free.
Dogs are welcomed on a leash, under control, and by their owner’s side.
Please walk, ride a bike, carpool, or take public transportation!

New Belgium Brewing’s 2014 Clips Beer and Film Tour 10/24/14

New Belgium Brewing’s 2014 Clips Beer and Film Tour
Friday, 10/24/2014 – 07:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Clips-poster-11x17_Miami_2014Margaret Pace Park
1775 N. Bayshore Drive,
Miami, Florida 33137
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour is coming to Miami for the first time. Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings, while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Many of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith beers can be hard to come by and Clips offers the best way to try them. Up to 17 varieties from Lips of Faith to brewery classics will be on tap.

This beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show is going coast-to-coast hitting 21 cities in its fifth year with 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales benefiting local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised close to $400,000 for nonprofits nationwide. Clips is a fundraiser for Urban Oasis Project – outside alcohol is not permitted.

New Belgium selects approximately 20 short films for the tour each season. All selected filmmakers for the 2014 tour receive a trophy-worthy beer in a custom screen-printed bottle, made exclusively for the winning submissions. This year, the chosen films include a banana with an attitude, ultra marathoners running with stubborn animals, neon spandex and much, much more! It’s a diverse and highly entertaining line-up with something for everyone.

“Clips is a great place to come together with friends and relax,” said Christie Catania, Clips National Special Events Manager. “It is an outdoor evening gathering, where you can connect with friends, watch films and enjoy good beers. One-hundred percent of proceeds from beer sales benefits your local nonprofit.”

Other tips:
Food is welcome; alcohol is not (leave that to us).
Bring low chairs or blankets – or lounge on the grass.
Entire families are welcome.
Bring your I.D. if you plan to sample beers!
Bring a water bottle – New Belgium gives away water for free.
Dogs are welcomed on a leash, under control, and by their owner’s side.
Please walk, ride a bike, carpool, or take public transportation!

Public Art Wednesday: Gil Green's ALS Movie Project

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We’ve all heard of the infamous ALS Ice bucket challenge that has been invading our social media this past summer. People all around the globe filmed themselves as they poured iced cold water on themselves to raise awareness of the Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ice water is so cold that it paralyses us for only a couple of seconds, a feeling that those who suffer from the ALS disease must endure everyday.

It’s nice to see however, that Miami as a city can contribute and take a step to help those in need. In fact, Miami-based music video director Gil Green hopes to direct a short-film, which will be an ALS Battle focus movie. This film is based on a true-life story about a youth basketball coach at Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami. The coach is actually a close friend of the director and has been an inspiration to the storyboard of this short-film.

If you would like to support this movie, please help fund the project. A portion of the profits will be donated to the ALS Recovery Fund. It’s truly great to see how our community can make small but effective changes! Catch Green’s new movie this December at the Miami Borscht Film Festival.

Click here to help support this awesome project!

– Lina Fahmy

 Photograph: NBC News

Do you know of any art fairs or festivals coming up in Miami? Let us know on Twitter at @Loop305 with the hashtag #PublicArtWednesday

 

Public Art Wednesday: Gil Green’s ALS Movie Project

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We’ve all heard of the infamous ALS Ice bucket challenge that has been invading our social media this past summer. People all around the globe filmed themselves as they poured iced cold water on themselves to raise awareness of the Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ice water is so cold that it paralyses us for only a couple of seconds, a feeling that those who suffer from the ALS disease must endure everyday.

It’s nice to see however, that Miami as a city can contribute and take a step to help those in need. In fact, Miami-based music video director Gil Green hopes to direct a short-film, which will be an ALS Battle focus movie. This film is based on a true-life story about a youth basketball coach at Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami. The coach is actually a close friend of the director and has been an inspiration to the storyboard of this short-film.

If you would like to support this movie, please help fund the project. A portion of the profits will be donated to the ALS Recovery Fund. It’s truly great to see how our community can make small but effective changes! Catch Green’s new movie this December at the Miami Borscht Film Festival.

Click here to help support this awesome project!

– Lina Fahmy

 Photograph: NBC News

Do you know of any art fairs or festivals coming up in Miami? Let us know on Twitter at @Loop305 with the hashtag #PublicArtWednesday

 

Miami International Film Festival MIFFecito Line-up 10/16/14-10/19/14

Miami International Film Festival MIFFecito Line-up
October 16- 19, 2014
Miami Dade College Tower Theater

Opening Night Film + Party $50 // $40 for members.
All other screenings $12 adults, $11 seniors, $10 members, $7 students.
Buy Tickets Online
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Miami International Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF), a program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, is proud to announce the lineup for MIFFecito 2014, the “mini” film festival which provides a mid-season “taste” to next year’s 32nd edition running March 6-15, 2015. Taking place over four days (October 16- 19, 2014), MIFFecito will premiere heralded international films submitted from countries including Bhutan, Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Poland, and Spain. Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater will serve as the exclusive location for all screenings.

MiamiFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante mentions, “As Miami’s beloved cafecito culture is to mid-day refreshment, MIFFecito is to our annual March festival. MIFFecito is an appetizer to MiamiFF’s main course, the perfect Fall break for film lovers who crave a cinematic fix.”

The ‘mini’ festival’s film slate includes:
Thursday, October 16, 7:00pm
Behavior, Screening, Opening Night Gala

Thursday, October 16, 9:00pm
Opening Night Party at Ball & Chain, Special Event

Friday, October 17, 7:00pm
I Can Quit Whenever I Want, Screening, Cinema 360

Friday, October 17, 7:30pm
Root, Screening, Cinema 360

Friday. October 17, 9:30pm
Carmina and amen, Screening, Cinema 360

Saturday October 18, 12:00pm,, Free Tickets
Master Class: The Art Of Curation With Thom Powers, Masterclass

Saturday, October 18, 6:30pm
Root Screening 2, Screening, Cinema 360

Saturday, October 18, 7:00pm
Vara, Screening, Cinema 360

Saturday, October 18, 9:00pm
Lake Los Angeles, Screening, America the Beautiful

Saturday, October 18, 9:00pm
The Blue Car, Screening, Shorts

Saturday, October 18, 9:30pm
Paradise, Screening, Cinema 360

Sunday, October 19, 3:00pm, Free Tickets
The Laramie Project, Masterclass, Screening, From the Vault

Sunday, October 19, 3:30pm
Spanish Affair, Screening, Cinema 360

Sunday, October 19, 6:00pm
Life Feels Good, Screening, Cinema 360

Sunday, October 19, 6:30pm
Lake Los Angeles Screening 2, Screening, America the Beautiful

Sunday, October 19, 8:30pm
Spanish Affair, Screening, Cinema 360

Behavior (Conducta) (Cuba), directed by Ernesto Daranas. FLORIDA PREMIERE. *OPENING NIGHT FILM – FOLLOWED BY OPENING NIGHT PARTY AT THE SOON-TO-BE-OPENED “BALL & CHAIN” NIGHTCLUB. In director Ernesto Daranas’ second dramatic feature film, which will screen opening night at MIFFecito, a Havana boy sent to a reform school becomes the subject of a moral tug-of-war between generational ideologies in today’s Cuba. The complex, dramatic story centers on Chala, who on the critical cusp of adolescence, scrapes by with few positive role models as he illegally trains fight dogs. After Chala is sent to reform school, his addict mother’s attempts to have him released set up a chain reaction among the school leaders. Since its premiere in Cuba, the film became an unexpected social phenomenon sparking Cuba’s current social state as a hot topic for discussion.

“The Blue Car” (“El carro azul”) (Germany / Cuba), directed by Valerie Heine. FLORIDA PREMIERE. A short dramatic film about Marcos. His grandmother’s death forces Hansel, his worldly brother, to return Cuba to care for him, and an old family game helps restore the trust lost over the years.

Carmina and Amen (Carmina y amén) (Spain), directed by Paco León. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. Actor-cum-director Paco León is a familiar face to Miami art film lovers. He starred in the 2013 film Three Many Weddings which played at MiamiFF31. But the year prior, he created a charming showcase for the incredible force, charisma and outrageous personality of his actress-mother Carmina Barrios’ in Carmina or Blow-Up, which became an unexpected hit both in Spain and Miami. In this 2014 sequel, Carmina and Amen, Carmina triumphantly returns, upgrading the low-budget original with a deeper, more mature work that ups the ante on her larger-than-life outlook on family, sex, death and any other topic that falls into her purview.

I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto quando voglio) (Italy), directed by Sydney Sibilia. FLORIDA PREMIERE. Full of terrific, farcical comedy and wicked social commentary, I Can Quit Whenever I Want is director Sydney Sibilia’s vehicle to offer Italians the chance to chuckle at the gloomy 43% unemployment rate for Italy’s youth. Realizing their post-graduate degrees are worthless, a rag-tag crew of desperate intellectuals imagine a new psychotropic drug, and then apply their refined but completely unmarketable skills to the illicit drug trade, much to the chagrin of the local Mafia. This film was nominated for 12 Donatello Awards, the Academy Awards of Italy.

Lake Los Angeles (U.S.A.), directed by Mike Ott. FLORIDA PREMIERE. Francisco, played by Miami’s own Roberto Sanchez, is a middle-aged Cuban man who works odd construction jobs, and makes money on the side by providing his home as a holding house for illegal Mexican immigrants. Cecilia, a 10-year-old Mexican girl, crosses the border hoping to find a better life in the US, but her treacherous journey into the Promised Land will test her spiritual and physical fortitude. Lake Los Angeles (2014) completes Mike’s desert trilogy which also includes: Littlerock (2010) and Pearblossom Hwy (2012).

Life Feels Good (Chce się zyć) (Poland), directed by Maciej Pieprzyca. FLORIDA PREMIERE. The winner of several major awards at the 2014 Polish Academy Awards, Life Feels Good is the funny, brazen, sexual, fierce and wistfully melancholic story of Mateusz, a boy born with cerebral palsy and whose inner voice dialogue drives the film’s narrative during his 26 year fight to communicate with the world. Like My Left Foot, which is also based on a true story, the Maciej Pieprzyca-directed film draws parallels to Poland’s national struggles over the time period of Mateusz’s life, both the nation and the man refusing to give up.

Paradise (Paraíso) (Mexico), directed by Mariana Chenillo. FLORIDA PREMIERE. Director Mariana Chenillo’s second feature film takes on society’s obsession with “the perfect body” through light-hearted humor, poignant wit and absurd definitions of relationship balance. A deeply in-love, overweight married couple’s relationship suffers when, humiliated by social weight-loss chatter, they mutually seek to shrink their plus-sized bodies. Only one spouse succeeds, burdening the “failing” spouse with today’s idea of appearance and self-worth, even in the presence of unconditional love. The premiere at the Festival will be Chenillo’s second visit. Her previous film, Nora’s Will, won the Audience Award at MiamiFF26 in 2009.

Root (Raiz) (Chile), directed by Matías Rojas Valencia. FLORIDA PREMIERE. What happens when the estranged, abused 20-something daughter of a privileged family spontaneously adopts a nine year old boy orphaned from her domineering mother’s maid’s death? A long, rewarding road-trip, fraught with self-discovery, and bond-building. Despite their considerable age difference, Amalia and Cristobal’s common experiences of difficult family life are reinforced by director Matías Rojas Valencia’s striking, imposing scenery, at once building connections between the characters, the planet, and the wonders of life itself.

Spanish Affair (Ochos apellidos vascos) (Spain), directed by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro. EAST COAST PREMIERE. No film in 2014 has tapped the Spanish zeitgeist to the astonishing level represented by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro’s Spanish Affair, catapulting the 98-minute comedy to become the all-time highest-grossing Spanish film at the domestic Spanish box office. A love-smitten Seville man must pretend to be a Basque man in order to win the girl of his dreams, highlighting the cultural divide between northern and southern Spain. The tensions of Basque separatist sentiments, exasperated by Spain’s economic crisis, are a difficult daily reality, providing a taboo-busting opportunity to ease the pain with laughter through a seemingly-innocent film that proves otherwise.

Vara: A Blessing (Bhutan / Hong Kong / Sri Lanka), directed by Khyentse Norbu. FLORIDA PREMIERE. Director Khyentse Norbu’s lush, breathtaking visuals unfold the story of India’s brutal, indiscriminate caste system, which too-frequently constricts the possibility for the simplest, earnest relationships. The communion of love, art and spirituality collide when a lower-caste Muslim enraptures a lovely Hindu girl through the earthy, artistic grace of pottery, complicating village elder plans of marrying Lila off to a wealthy scion. Vara: A Blessing is a triumphant expression of whirling dance, music and the boundaries of devotion. The film is accompanied by music from worldwide famed composer and producer Nitin Sawhney. Director Norbu, who is a practicing lama, visited MiamiFF21 in 2004 when his previous film, Travellers & Magicians, was screened at the Olympia Theater.

In addition to MIFFecito’s slate of premieres, visionary playwright and director Moisés Kaufman will host a special event titled A Conversation with Moisés Kaufman & THE LARAMIE PROJECT Retrospective Screening.The Laramie Project, his landmark 2002 HBO documentary, chronicles the legislative aftermath of gay teen Matthew Shephard’s hate-crime murder. The film, an exposé of intolerance and discrimination which echoes current news from Russia and Africa, offers fresh lessons in the ongoing war. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act has positively impacted the past five years in the United States. The director will lead a post-screening conversation on the issues, techniques, and engagement his landmark film helped spark. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Kaufman is currently in Miami rehearsing for the November debut of Bizet’s Carmen, which is being co-produced by his Tectonic Theater Project.

Producing sponsors of MIFFecito include Ball & Chain Bar & Lounge.