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.
Whether it’s a rainy afternoon or a relaxing night in, most of us find ourselves curled up in front of the TV. The problem always is the movie selection is so minimal. So, we find ourselves at the movie theater with the same choices of the new horror flick about an exorcism, the predictable rom-com, and the drama/action that includes the same actors as the one we just saw. Boring.
The solution to this problem: O Cinema. O Cinema is a cutting-edge independent cinema that has just recently opened its doors. It is located in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, and it specializes in showing first-run independent, foreign, art, and niche market films. It operates with three philosophies: Provide intriguing, entertaining, and superior quality films that audiences will otherwise not see in Miami-Dade County, insure that prices are accessible for the broadest possible audience and transform Miami-Dade by creating a cultural beacon that offers films of interest to all demographics.