Little Haiti Rock City

Anyone who has ever gone to Churchill’s Pub has a unique story to tell about such special moments, most likely along with some amateur cell-phone footage. With seven days a week of live music spanning various genres and entertainment ranging from burlesque to poetry open mic, no two days at the two-stage pub are ever the same. And, Churchill’s Pub, also known as the CBGB of the South, boasts over 35 years of such fun in an unbridled, raw, and creative environment, where musicians and artists express themselves without pretense, intimately, to an open audience that has suspended their better judgment for an inebriated moment in time. This is definitely a place that needs to be documented, and there are as many stories to tell, as there are faces in the audience at a show.

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We Bought theWrong DamnChickens

“We bought the wrong damn chickens…” Brandon Payne, Ti Laurent’s Production Manager, sighed as one of our Haitian colleagues, Widline made an unsuccessful attempt to shoo off a chicken that was supposed to be used in a key scene of the film. In it, the chicken needed to run comically fast, like in a Rocky training for a fight scene and be tackled by our main actor, Pedro. But our chicken calmly took two steps and continued to peck at the dirt. Brandon and Wildine had purchased the chickens from La Savanne, a crowded and depressing slum at the edge of La Cayes, where we were shooting some of the film. Bazil, the Haitian producer on the team, shook his head, “they must be Dominican chickens, Haitian chickens run,” laughter ensued. Producing in Haiti was like this, buying 10 chickens was relatively easy and cheap, but making the chickens run, difficult. Finding a hospital operating room to use was easy and free! But, finding a sausage to use as a prop proved impossible, as we found out after wasting two days navigating the intricacies of Haitian offerings, to finally end up with hot dogs.

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Art House Cinema Miami Beach Cinematheque

On Washington Avenue and eleventh street, the old Historic City Hall looms large over much of the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach’s Art Deco district. The building now houses the Miami Beach Courthouse and a few law offices, but tucked away inconspicuously in its lobby, you’ll find one of South Florida’s brightest beacons of art and culture: the Miami Beach Cinematheque. The Cinematheque, which serves as the home base of the Miami Beach Film Society, functions as a high definition screening room, gallery, bookstore, and café all at once. MBC holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many of Miami’s cinephiles, but at the same time, it’s also one of our best kept secrets. We here at Tropicult want to let you in on it.

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FilmgateInteractive ConferenceTakes Miami

Bringing together cross-media’s leading international creators, thinkers and practitioners from across the fields of film, TV, interactive, online, mobile, gaming, publishing and live events, Filmgate 2014 will showcase the latest ideas and innovations of modern storytelling, audience engagement and business practices.…

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Meet You At The Edge Of The World

When I first moved to Miami, in between the two years of studying, I found myself teaching film in The Keys. The impression was so vivid – the characters, the glorious nature – the roving mating blue crabs, the alien man o’ wars, flamboyant sting rays, the outrageous stories that I found hard to believe but loved – “Did you hear the guitar teacher Jimmy received a tip from one of the parents in the form of a gold Spanish coin from a Pirate treasure?” Yeah, right. That night my roommate Jimmy confirmed it was true.
A year later, when I was writing my next film, The Keys (not surprisingly) emerged as the setting. You can’t help but be influenced by the place. As Herzog once said, the edge of the world draws a certain set of adventurers, filmmakers and writers being only some of them. Enter the Key West Film Festival, with its mission to “showcase films that capture Key West’s essence: Creativity, Diversity, Sustainability, and Beauty” and its diverse line up.

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Wet Heat Project

By Robbie Nevel On a large screen on the outside of the Intercontinental Hotel, DWNTWN Art Days was advertised for all passerby to see, attracting observers inside. The lobby looked almost futuristic. Glowing square shaped fixtures slowly changed from one eye…

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Interior Islands

A large screen on the opposite wall of the clean and high-end lobby of Miami’s South East Financial Center is most likely first thing one notices walking in. This past weekend it took a break from the commercial ads to screen Interior Islands, a video project created for DWNTWN Art Days. The experimental short film was screening next to an AuBon Pain, an unusual setting for this style of art. Expressive and modern art doesn’t usually come with one’s morning coffee and croissant.

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