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.
We couldn’t be more proud! Tropicult contributor/partner, Indie Film Club Miami, is one of five finalists in the running for the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award, an award that funds the best ideas in bringing together South Florida through the arts.
A wise professor once told me when making a film, you can take risks on one of these three elements: the director, the script, or the cast. The other two elements should be solid. Here is Indie Film Club’s advice on how to make a solid script! Continue Reading
Something is happening in Miami – aside of the buying up of South Florida by the Canadians, Brazilians and the Europeans. Or the enormous success of art ventures like Art Basel and the New World Symphony. Young people are not leaving for greener metaphorical pastures, not only that, talent is moving here. In the past four years, the tides have somehow shifted and in the sleepy, backwards South Florida, we began to talk and beget start-ups, art house theaters, coffee shops, festivals, collectives, small businesses, may be even bigger businesses.
These are heady times and we are sitting up waving our believe in self-reliance, DIY regional filmmaking, hoping that it defines the future of the Southeastern US. Partially because we need it to be true, we want the ability to create where we want, not where we are told we can. Also, we fell in love with the white beaches, the foreboding swamplands and the quirky residents, how are we to leave this petri dish of great stories.
“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.
Tonight, Pioneer Winter and Indie Film Club presents A Proper Marriage/My Eyes Move You, a transmedia performance work utilizing contemporary dance, live music, and film. Winter’s work will premiere through Miami Art Museum’s New Work Miami (NWM) 2013 initiative c/o SPRING BREAK.
A Proper Marriage/My Eyes Move You comments on the perceived co-dependence of music and movement—especially live music with dance. 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.