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Photo by Shareen Sarwar
41. Jorge Rubiera
Jorge Rubiera is the dictionary definition of a Renaissance man. Photography, music, writing, film, art, you name it, this Miami-bred bohemian was born to develop into an artist. After studying film and script writing at Miami-Dade, he shuffled off to
the Kansas City Art Institute's New Media department, working on video
installations, one of which showed in Scope London. Currently, Rubiera
is busy with film. He has completed a few short films of his own, as
well as music videos for his local band Animal Tropical. The always busy
Rubiera is planning to wrap up his first full feature film in 2011.
Rubiera received his first video camera in the second grade and almost immediately started making claymations. In the fifth grade, his dad gave him a Canon SLR and thrust him into the realm of photography, which he studied in South Miami High School magnet programs.
Rubiera credits his artistically-minded parents for his development. "I think the most probable reason why I make films and music is that I was given a camera and a drum-set as a kid. I suppose if my folks were mechanics and had given me a wrench instead, I'd be a mechanic."
1. List five things that inspire you.
-My wife Shareen with
whom I collaborate on lookbooks for her online vintage clothing store
-My father, a photojournalist turned
feature film producer
-My mother, a writer and illustrator who is
largely responsible for exposing me to art and culture
band Animal Tropical, who first invited me to make music with them ten
2. What was your last big project?
"There are Trap Doors" is my first Spanish language short film. I wrote
it in collaboration with Humberto Jose Castello and filmed and edited
it in just a few weeks. It tells the story of a Little Havanna man who
is obsessed with a fear of trap doors. The trailer is viewable on my
3. What's your next big project?
For the past three years, my crew, actors, and I have been traveling back
and forth between Miami and North Carolina to film scenes for my
upcoming original feature Meniscus. I'm happy to say, we just
returned a few weeks ago after shooting the last three NC scenes. Meniscus is expected to be completed in 2011. The website is:
meniscusthemovie.com and the production company website is
4. Why do you do what you do?
That's something I rarely consider. It's a good question. I suppose
it's fun (of course) and I get satisfaction out of setting what seem
like gigantic goals for myself and (eventually) completing them.
5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?
My band Animal Tropical has just created a record label called
"Rottweiler Farm" to release all our musical and film projects, maybe
even some books. We realized, since we all had individual interests
besides the band and needed a common venue to cultivate and publish
them. Jarrett Hann is a chef and has a food blog called Gastronaut
Jones: gastronautjones.blogspot.com, Humberto Jose Castello is a writer
and actor, Max Johnston is a trained Luthier and builds Guitars, and
each of us have our own solo musical projects. The record label website
What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?
I've lived here my whole life and still my Spanish is awful.
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The Creatives so far:
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne
46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit
48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes
54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow
73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar
90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon
100. Ingrid B