It used to be that if you wanted to get in a movie, you’d have to ring Marlon Brando’s doorbell and then quickly hide inside a sandwich on his doorstep. From there, it was a waiting game.
But now, technological improvements have led to a new kind of filmmaking far more interactive than cannibalism. That’s where Indie Film Club Miami’s Filmgate Interactive 2014 comes in.
Diliana Alexander, who has directed the festival since it began in 2012, says, “This is the future of visual and interactive storytelling. We want to make sure that not only does Miami experience it, but also starts to create it.”
There is more to an interactive film experience than trying to time your bathroom breaks to the dumb parts. Filmgate includes interactive films, yes, but also dance, music, and theater experiences. Take for example The Lost Children (9 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, $35). A plot summary is useless because the story will change — in real time — based on how the audience interacts with the film. What we do know is that there will be cocktails, a chance to join a cult, and full nudity. There will be a Q&A after each version of the event so you can learn what the heck it was that you were just a part of.
At Romantic Endings (7 p.m. Saturday, $45), a creation of Miami dance visionary Pioneer Winter, ten romantic death scenes from film history are paired with a food experience and a dance performance. The Skype Show (6:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, $25) is a “transmedia musical” that combines technology, theater, and romantic comedy into a performance that obliterates the fourth wall and whatever other walls you’ve got. A sold-out three-day workshop with artist Philip Bloom will yield 24 short films shot in the Everglades by teams from around the world.
Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2014