Meet "The Spice Detective"

Have you ever wondered what a cooking show produced by BES Films would look like? Well wonder no more. Today we are very proud to announce the release of our very first Cooking Show & Web Series; The Spice Detective!

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

MIAmiMovieShowcase

Scarface. Miami Vice. Bad Boys. Each of these films are set in “the Magic City.” None of them reflect the unique perspectives of Miami’s everyday inhabitants. Until now. Miami native and filmmaker, Yesenia Lima, is hoping to change that by broadening the portrayal of the city through her upcoming film, MIAmi.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.…

Continue Reading

Art Basel INTERACTIVE?

By Diliana Alexander, Indie Film Club Miami What is all this talk about interactive? What is interactive anyways? If we had a penny for everytime we get asked that, since we launched our interactive media conference, Filmgate last year. So…

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Cannon Fodder: Biting Israelite Zombie Film

Cannon Fodder, resented in Miami by the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) and the Israeli Consulate at O Cinema, marked the the Florida premiere of the first ever zombie movie made in Israel. As part of the MJFF pre-festival programing, writer-director Eitan Gafni and actress Yafit Shalev attended the screening to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A.

Continue Reading

GG: BES Films Doc

In case you missed it: BES Films and local artist, Gabriel Gimenez aka GG, recently released a documentary on the blossoming Wynwood artist. BES co-founder and lead cinematographer, Raymond Linares, created a truly local experience that not only promotes GG’s artwork but also exemplifies what makes Wynwood great.

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading