Summertime in Miami leaves locals with a hot, sticky dilemma. Its so sweltering outside you could grill chorizos on the sidewalk, but youre dying for something refreshing to do. Fret not, culture-loving Miamians: Tis the season for film festivals, and there are two tonight that will get you out of the house and keep your body cool and happy. Event numero uno is the Museum of Contemporary Arts Optic Nerve Film Festival, that annual adventure into the world of local art cinema. This years selections were handpicked (from more than 60 entries) by a panel of local artsy smarties including Bonnie Clearwater, executive director and curator of MoCA. The 17 screenings include familiar art house flicks like Clifton Childrees She Sank on Shallow Bank, the fresh and intriguing People Were Made to Disappear by Jane Hsu, as well as Javier Gonzaless Trike, which uses animated drawings to recall childhood memories. Admission is five dollars, and the screenings take place at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at MoCAs Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Call 305-863-6211, or visit www.mocanomi.org.
For an alternative indie experience, consider the IFC Free Film Fest, which began July 24 and concludes today at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). At 6:00 p.m. there will be uncut screenings of Raising Arizona, The Princess Bride, and Napoleon Dynamite. Dont forget to stop by and check out the Media Lab Lounge, where local talents will be screening their work and event-goers can enter to win a brand-new JVC HD camera. Visit www.ifc.com/static/sections/freefilmfest.
Thu., July 26, 7 & 9 p.m.