In 1896, Alice Guy Blaché made La Fee aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), a minute-long film based on a French fable. Although Blaché's movie was completed months before George Mélis's first foray into the medium, Mélis is touted as the father of narrative cinema. Despite directing more than 300 films, Blaché's name is now a mere footnote in the annals of cinema history. Only 3 women have ever been nominated for best director Academy Awards: Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jane Campion for 1993's The Piano, and Sofia Coppola for 2003's Lost in Translation. To date, no woman has ever won. Like James Brown said, this is a man's, man's, man's world. Not for much longer, if the women behind 3GZ Productions have their way.
3GZ stands for 3 Girlz Productions. "There's not a lot of production companies run by women for women, so that was the idea behind it," explains Francesca Seiden, one-third of the triple threat. She has produced, directed, written, and shot her own short films, Out of Sync, The Theatre, and Wicked Garden, which she describes as her "baby." "It reflects a generation of music, sex, and drugs growing up in Miami during the Nineties." Iris B. Cegarra gained an international audience with 2003's Electro-Dziska: Miami 2001-2002, and Bass Frequency: Miami Bass 1999-2001, a 20-minute documentary tracing the influence of Miami Bass on the electronic music scene. Nichole Ruiz's main focus is on directing and producing, and she's created 2 short films of her own, Smitten Kitten and Unlocked Love. Meet the 3GZ and see their work tonight at 8:00 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, 512 Espanola Way, Miami Beach. Call 305-673-4567, visit www.mbcinema.com or www.3gzproductions.com. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
See them in their salad days and show your support of young artists at the Florida International University's BFA fall exhibition. Ten graduating students will showcase their works of photography, painting, and mixed media, and will be on hand to share their thoughts and inspirations. Works displayed include Raquelle Puchol's oil on masonite piece, Foreign Shards (series), and a mixed media design by Catalina called I have a body, I am a soul, so let's play!, which includes a toy xylophone, keyboards, and sand. Join the free reception tonight at 8:00 at FIU University Park, PC 100, 11200 SW Eighth St. The exhibit will be on view through December 26. Call 305-348-2890 or visit www.frostartmuseum.org. -- Lyssa Oberkreser
Shards of Class
The ancient Roman technique of painstaking detail and precision is back in vogue in Gina Hubler's Micro-Macro Mosaics class. The Atelier Studio (3863 Shipping Ave.) takes on a contemporary twist and brings new life into the broken tile and grout art form. In this intensive 2-day class you will learn the technical aspect of grinding and setting smalti flati, glass in small filaments, and flame worked inclusions, and will also be designing your own jewelry and small murals. Be creative and connect with the meditative depths of your individuality. The class is today and Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and the cost is $400. Call 305-569-9990 or visit www.atelier.bz. -- Jen Mendenhall
Pass the Salsa
The best dancers in Miami unite for the 3rd annual Salsa Lovers Holiday Showcase, where the nifty moves of some smooth high steppers promise to leave you breathless. DJ Alberth Moreno will be grooving the hottest salsa and merengue around to fire up the fleet footwork of dance groups like Salsa Lovers, Energy One, Rumba na mas, Salsa Ardiente, Salsa Heatwave, and U-neek Starz. Eager to bust some moves on your honey? If you've been secretly practicing those twirls, hip dips, and booty grinds in your garage, here's your chance to put Ricky Martin to shame. Tonight at 10:00 at Salsa Lovers, 9843 Bird Rd.. Admission is $10. Call 305-220-7115 or visit www.salsalovers.com. -- Carlos Suarez de Jesus