'Vandal' Film Made In Miami

World Premiere Thursday at Miami Film Festival


Michelle F. Solomon, FFCC

There are plenty of films to keep an eye out to see where they are headed after the Miami Film Festival. "Vandal," which makes its world premiere on Thursday, March 7, at Miami Film Festival’s 36th edition, is one of them. The film is an authentic drama about art, love, war, and the depths of the street graffiti game in Miami.

"This is a film made by Miamians in Miami, highlighting the city's multicultural heritage and landscape. Wynwood Arts District, Little Havana and Little Haiti allowed us, as filmmakers, to authentically showcase the struggles of the lead character, an extremely talented underground graffiti writer up against societal standards,” says director Jose Daniel "Jaydee" Freixas. Freixas is a graffiti artist in his own right since the age of 10, who is also known for his work behind the award-winning "Magic City Memoirs," which had its World Premiere at Miami Film Festival 2011.


"Vandal" is co-written, produced, and co-financed by multimedia production company, Exilium, founded in 2015 by Freixas and Tony Gonzalez. According to Freixas, the company focuses on stories told from a minority perspective in order to fill an underserved demographic. Both founders are Cuban-American, Spanish speaking individuals born and raised in the diverse city of Miami.

Since 2006, Freixas has been creating films and television, in English, based on Hispanic characters and stories. Gonzalez debuted in 2015 producing his first Spanish language film.

Vandal’s World Premiere is on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 6:45 p.m., which is now at rush line only, and a second screening at 9:30 p.m. in MDC’s Tower Theater located 1508 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135.

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