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Don't Miss Borscht Film Festival

Melting Pot of Miami Moviemaking Offers Rich Buffet of Events

Michelle Solomon, ATCA, FFCC

BISCAYNE WORLD - An animation based on the insane everyday interactions on Biscayne Boulevard, as seen through the ubiquitous, iconic graffiti eyeballs of street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue. by Ahol Sniffs Glue (to be screened at Borscht 9, 12/20, Arsht 7:30pm)

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BISCAYNE WORLD - An animation based on the insane everyday interactions on Biscayne Boulevard, as seen through the ubiquitous, iconic graffiti eyeballs of street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue. by Ahol Sniffs Glue (to be screened at Borscht 9, 12/20, Arsht 7:30pm)

The Borscht Film Festival 9 is one of those can't miss, unusual spectacles, that never ceases to amaze. And this year promises to be no different. Borscht events will be held at various venues from Wednesday, Dec. 17 to Sunday, 21. It's a virtual smorgasbord of inventive filmmaking and all a paean to South Florida's creative juices. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., 20 short films, funded in part by the Borscht Corp. via the Knight Foundation will premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

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. 

This year'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.

Two Borscht short films that will be screened at this year's festival have been accepted into Sundance 2015. This is the first time two shorts have been accepted into Sundance. One is "Papa Machete" by Jonathan David Kane. Haitian farmer Alfred Avril is one of the last remaining masters of tire machèt, the indigenous martial art created by Haitian slaves to defeat Napoleon’s armies. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete — which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival — Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present.
 Also, "El Sol Como Un Gran Animal Oscura" by Bleeding Palm, Ronnie Rivera and Christina Felisgrau, a recipient of a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge grant award to raise the profile of Caribbean artists in Miami by staging showcases featuring the work of cutting-edge filmmakers, musicians and visual artists. In the film, a computer and a woman fall in love only to be torn apart because of their inappropriate feelings for each other.

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.

Also, beginning Friday, Dec. 19, the Borscht Film Festival Takes Over the Hotel Intercontinental in Miami. Installation images will be up for three months at the Intercontinental.

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.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

BLEEDING PALM - SCARFACE REDUX, a crowd sourced remake of the iconic Brian dePalma classic (SUNDAY, December 21rst, 8 PM, Mansion Nightclub)

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BLEEDING PALM - SCARFACE REDUX, a crowd sourced remake of the iconic Brian dePalma classic (SUNDAY, December 21rst, 8 PM, Mansion Nightclub)

Borscht Film Festival 2014

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Indie Film Club Miami Screening

7 p.m., Shirley’s Cinema

(Shirley's Cinema is located inside of Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami, FL, 33127)

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.

Miami Filmmakers Collective Screening

8:30 p.m., Shirley’s Cinema

What do a 96 year old farmer, a transgender youth and a psychic have in common?

Borscht Film Festival invites viewers 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.

Miami Filmmakers Unite! Opening Night Party

9:30 p.m., 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!

Little Strong: Jose El Rey Retrospective

10 p.m., 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. 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.

Night Mystery Miami Movie #1

11:15 p.m., 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, Dec. 18

Welcome Dinner and Keynote Speech

4 p.m., 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.

Spaceship Miami

7 p.m., 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.

Short Film Program: Event is free with purchase of Borscht 9 ticket. Planetarium performance by Kool AD and John Hancock III is $10

CABAL - Saboteurs and struggling artists Frank O'Hara and Louise Brooks crash their plane in an unmapped part of the wilderness off the coast of Florida and discover a massive, multi-tiered universe. by Ray Tintori  (to be screened at Borscht 9, 12/20, Arsht 7:30pm)

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CABAL - Saboteurs and struggling artists Frank O'Hara and Louise Brooks crash their plane in an unmapped part of the wilderness off the coast of Florida and discover a massive, multi-tiered universe. by Ray Tintori (to be screened at Borscht 9, 12/20, Arsht 7:30pm)

"Hector. LA" Screening and Criterion Collection Release Party

11:30 p.m., 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. 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.

Salon de (secret)

12:30 a.m., Shirley’s Cinema

Borscht says it cannot publish what will be played at this screening, but they 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.

Late Night Mystery Miami Movie #2

1 a.m., 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, Dec. 19

1:30 PM

"Papa Machete" Short Film Screening and Machete Fencing Master Class

1:30 p.m., 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 machète, 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.

Law for Artists and Filmmakers

4 p.m., 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.

Borscht Dickie Ride! Downtown Miami

5 p.m., Bike ride starts at Gramps, 176 N.W. 24th St., Miami, FL, 33127

Bring your bicycle or hop on a complimentary Citibike as Borscht rides 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..

Ignition Remix: Lobby Takeover

6 p.m., 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.

"Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" Pet Friendly Outdoor Screening

7 p.m., Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33132

A special outdoor screening of the classic 1994 film, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Bring your pets and Borscht will supply treats for them! In collaboration with Bookleggers Miami and the University of Wynwood, Borscht 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

THE MULTIVERSE

7 p.m., 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 (360 viritual tour of Cuba with Julian Yuri Rodriguez’s Paisajes de mi abuela) as visitors 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 p.m., YoungArts Alumni Showcase: short films by National YoungArts Foundation alumni.

Borscht 0

9 p.m.

Screening of short films created and curated by Miami high school students. Potentially the beginning of a new cycle of Borscht.

Bosh Film Festival

10 p.m.

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.

Regional Film Showcase: New Orleans

11 p.m., 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

Special Presentation: Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation.

No Seasons Pool Party

11:30 p.m., 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

Michael Arcos Retrospective

midnight, 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.

Late Night Mystery Miami Movie #3

2 a.m., 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, Dec. 20

Regional Film Showcase: Weird NorthWest

1 p.m., 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.

Regional Film Showcase: Native American and Indigenous Communities

2:30 p.m., 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 and Indigenous communities.

Short Film Program: Free with the purchase of a Borscht 9 ticket or $5 suggested donation.

Borscht 9

7:30 p.m., Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL, 33132

The 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 p.m., films begin at 8:30 p.m.

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 p.m.

Borscht 9 Official After Party

11:30 p.m., 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, Dec. 21

A Morning Light

Noon, 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.

MA

2 p.m., 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. Preceded 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.

Beach Picnic

4 p.m., 13th Street and the Ocean

Sunshine, sand, ocean, dolphins. Come outside, jump in the water, have a sandwich. Nature, remember. Event: Free

Scarface Redux


8 p.m., 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."

Special Presentation: Feature Film Screening: Free if you contributed a clip to the film or $10 suggested donation.

Closing Night Party

10:30 p.m., 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.

 

Information and tickets for this year's Borscht Film Festival at Borscht9.com.

 

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