Maybe a more appropriate area to be associated with wealth hoarding is Hollywood, rather than New York's financial district. Last year, just six major movie studios (Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures) dominated 85% of the US & Canadian Market. It’s time to occupy some alternative spaces and show a little love to our independent filmmakers, festivals and theaters.
The 10th Annual Miami Short Film Festival takes place this week, November 13th - 19th. This is South Florida’s only short film festival with a mission to present quality films from around the world…under 30 minutes. Great idea, considering America’s declining attention span. The festival hosts a variety of seminars and short films, with shows generally starting at 7:30 PM at the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road. Here are some films to look forward to [full schedule here]:
11/14: The Glorious Crew featuring God of Love directed by Luke Matheny and last year’s winner at the Academy Awards plus the animated Chicory 'N' Coffee directed by Dušan Kastelic; winner of over twenty awards at international film festivals.
11/15: Breaking Glass featuring The Dude directed by Jeff Feuerzeig; a documentary about Jeff Doud, the real life prototype of the Dude, immortalized by the Cohen Brothers in the Big Lebowski followed by Our Secret Lives.
11/17: Moments of Insanity featuring The Mirror, a French film directed by Sébastien Rossignol followed by The Extasy of Life featuring Worlds Apart, directed by Michael Zachary Huber and winner of Route 66 Festivals.
11/18: The Golden Years featuring Fjord Directed by Norweigan Skule Eriksen followed by Heroes featuring Sami's Cock which includes an international cast from the shows Entourage, Prison Break, Angel, Dexter, 24, and Ugly Betty.
11/19: The MsFF 2011 Awards Night will honor the best films.
Red Carpet Premiere of Trigger
South Florida's own Matt Sinnreich will debut his short film Trigger at the Lincoln Colony Theater on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 with the red carpet opening at 7:30 PM. One hundred percent of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida® and Angels of East Africa. Trigger is a 30-minute "emotional and psychological rollercoaster about what it takes for one to actually pull 'the trigger' and take another human’s life."
At the premiere, Sinnreich, who wrote, directed, and produced the film, will announce and discuss his next project, a major motion picture to be filmed in his hometown of Miami Beach.
Tickets are $55, including cocktails by VeeV at the screening as well as access to the after party at W South Beach. For more information about the premiere, tickets, and to view the movie’s trailer, visit: www.triggermoviecharity.com.
An indie film mecca located in Wynwood Art's District. You can't miss the building - it's covered in bright colored characters painted by Venezuelan-born artist GG. In addition to a variety of first-run independent, foreign, art, and niche market films, the venue also hosts special events and displays local art in galleries adjacent to the theater. (Tip: Get there early to grab the best seat in the house on the plush sofas down in front.)
Some notable films showing this month include AMIGO, a film about the Philippine-American War by Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles and Melancholia, a fantasy-drama-thriller-disaster movie by Danish director Lars von Trier, starring Kirstin Dunst and Alexander Skarsgård. [View the full calendar.]
Here's more info about Miami's independent film scene at Miami.com.