Bullying is bad…mkay? That’s why the local film heroes over at Magnet Filmworks are crowd-funding CHUB, an inspiring short filmabout a bullied kid who finally finds the strength to stand up for himself and get his stolen bike back.
If you or anyone you’ve ever known has been a victim of bullying, then you know that it can totally destroy someone. If you’ve ever seen someone being bullied and did nothing about it, here’s your chance to make amends - Support CHUB and help make the world a better place by donating to the Indiegogo campaign.
Want to know more before you dish out the cash? We thought you mite so asked Alessandra Gherardi Albis (Screenwriter) and Sam Albis (Director) some questions on the project for those of you that need more convincing.
“Miami Audiences made for the best screening we have had for Filly Brown”
Edwards James Olmos is in Miami for the South Florida premiere of Filly Brown. The opening film for the Hispanicize Festival was a collaboration with the Miami International Film Festival. In it, “Majo” Tonorio, aka Filly Brown (Gina Rodríguez), a Mexican-American hip-hop prodigy from Los Angeles, percolates with the raw energy of hope sprung from desperation and is recruited by a shady producer who offers her a crack at rap stardom. The late Jenni Rivera plays the part of Majo’s mother María, who is locked up in jail for drug trafficking. Lou Diamond Philips is the father who takes care of Majo and her younger sister.This is a drama where family has the power to destroy and ultimately save. The film is a co-directorial work of Yussef Delara and Michael D’ Olmos. The acting in the film is solid. Gina’s talent is very exciting and she has a bright future, no doubt.
The Miami International Film Festival has been enriching the community for the last 30 years, and this year was no different, with a film program that ran from March 1-10 and presented a whopping 117 feature length and short films from 41 countries. This year’s festival also featured numerous panel discussions and programs, including master class seminars with the directors of Cocaine Cowboys and Bonsai.
Every now and again I find myself longing to adventure, a getaway from the Miami madness. Some weekends I get on the road, sometimes on the A1A, and I head North with no particular destination in mind. These day trips have become my favorite way of exploring South Florida.
Word is that the Downtown Hollywood historic arts and entertainment district is transforming into a vibrant live music hot spot. This year, the City of Hollywood also initiated the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project to curate contemporary outdoor murals by some of our favorite local artist, including Luis Pinto and Jessy Nite, at key locations in Downtown Hollywood.
And so, my last day trip which had started off as a quest for bargain antiques, became a street art treasure hunt in Downtown Hollywood…
Philip Bloom is an industry veteran of 23 years of which he spent a large portion working in broadcast news and documentaries. What turned Philip into an idol for many independent filmmakers though is his pioneering work with DSLR and affordable large sensor camcorders.
Basically, he showed us all that gorgeous images are possible on a pretty low budget. We all rushed to buy a Canon 7D or even better 5D, then visited his website religiously, along with over a million other fans, hungry for the next free video tutorial.
The newest phenomenon in film is transmedia or interactive film. According to Jose Jacho, founder and creative producer at Indie Film Club Miami, transmedia includes using various forms of media by different artists to complete a story.
For instance, you can watch a movie and then download an app or video on your phone later to see the end of the story. The idea is to get everyone involved. Someone can write a poem about the movie and post it on a blog or write a song or make a painting.
Jose, along with Diliana Alexander, the executive director of FilmGate, brought this new form of storytelling to the southeastern seas. Here’s a look at what you may have missed…
As I warmly recall the wild summer nights that I first hit the scene, when Jennys Was A Friend of Mine and together we discovered on the dance floor the kind of magic that took us to Such Great Heights and back again; I realize that no matter what the current trend is, Miami needs an indie dance party!
The District may not be around anymore but luckily The Vagabond has “reloaded” their weekly Friday party with an arsenal of indie dance magic; guaranteed to bring back that Electric Feel and give the Young FolkWhat You Want and the rest of us what we need – indie rock, dirty disco, house, and electro beats!