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BORSCHT Announces Commissioned Short Films and Collaborators for 2011 Festival
April 29, 2011

BORSCHT Announces Commissioned Short Films and Collaborators for 2011 Festival

Miami, FL – The Borscht Film Festival has selected the thirteen projects–twelve films and one video game– they will create, produce, and premiere at their 2011 festival at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall on April 23rd, 2011. BORSCHT commissioned teams of directors and musicians that will collaborate to create short films about Miami. The twelve films are not music videos, but rather short narratives inspired by music and created by local, cross-disciplinary artists. Productions began shooting in early February and concluded April 3rd. All collaborators are Miami-born, based, or raised, except where otherwise noted. All collaborators are professionals with careers in film, music, dance, literature, radio, biology, dance, visual art, choreography, and video games.

The thirteen teams of Directors, Musicians, Writers, Video-Game Programmers, and other collaborators are:

The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke: Uncle Luke of "2Live Crew" + Jillian Mayer + Rakontur
Chlorophyl: Barry Jenkins + Millionyoung
Play Dead: Andres Meza Valdes + Diego Meza Valdes + Rachel Goodrich + Amigo the Devil
Otto and the Electric Eel: Waverly Films (Brooklyn) + Otto von Schirach
The Tragic Heptalogy: Lucas Leyva + Coral Morphologic + ANR + Rosie Herrera
With Me: Fro Rojas + Kayla De La Cerda
La Pageant Diva: Franco Parente + Giovanni Profera + Tony Laurencio
Birdwatchers: Jorge Rubiera + Animal Tropical
Death Springs Eternal: Andrew Hevia + Raffa & Rainer
The Bus: Tarell Alvin McCraney + NFAA YoungArts
A Toast: Marco Ramirez
Space Miami: Joey Daoud
Miami Rumble (Video Game): Samuel Lopez de Victoria + Peasants with Feathers + Dylan Romer

BORSCHT's Milton Garcia believes "we have amassed the most exciting collection of young Miami talent ever for these shorts. There is no better place to be a creative than Miami, and the artistic cross-pollination in these films will show the community and the world just how special this movement has become."

"At Knight Foundation, we look for projects that help weave the arts into the very fabric of the community. The Borscht Film Festival does that – and also goes a step further by telling unique Miami stories that help shape the city's identity on and off screen," said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation's vice president/arts.

This year's BORSCHT Film Festival is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, FUZE, the Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the Miami Foundation, Anytime Production Rentals, Midtown Video, NewArt Miami, Mar Media, Film Trade Inc, and Camera Group, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, O-Cinema, the Dorsch Gallery, Sweat Records, the Wynwood Arts District, Vizcayne Condominiums, Villa 221, Rakontur, Roofless Records, "O, Miami," Wildchild World, Canvas Lifestyle, Real Living Residences, Miami.com, the Miami Herald, the Miami New Times, Yelp, the Heat Lightning, Zignum Mezcal, ZU Vodka, Vino & Olio, and Bon Bon Turkish Café.

Borscht has received program underwriting by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) YoungArts. Borscht is also possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.


Currently in its 7th year, The BORSCHT Film Festival commissions, produces, and showcases films by emerging artists that tell Miami stories that go beyond the typical portrayal of a beautiful but vapid party town. The festival is now accepting donations from the Miami community to match the $150,000 Arts Challenge Grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation it recently won to continue "forging the cinematic identity of Miami both locally and globally," in its mission to "redefine Miami in cinema." The 2009 films received rave reviews from a capacity crowd of over 1,600 at the Gusman Center, and have gone on to play at international festivals such as Cannes, Tribeca, and Sundance, and the Guggenheim museums is New York City, Venice, Bilbao, and Berlin.

BORSCHT was recently named the "Best Film Festival in Miami" by the Miami New Times, and the "most eclectic and electric film festival in South Florida," by the Miami Herald.