How do you make a liger? Put a lion and tiger in close proximity and then light a few candles. And unicorns? They're the offspring of a carousal horse and a My Little Pony. True story. Borscht Film Festival organizers realize that in order to breed something really special, you have to bring together seemingly disparate entities and set the mood with music and lightening.
At this year's festival, they commissioned a dozen such teams. And in place of programs like CCCV stories, many of shorts feature local musicians and Miami artists and filmmakers. Don't think of them as music videos but as music-inspired shorts. In one, performance artist Jillian Mayer collaborates with Cocaine Cowboy filmmakers, Rakontur, as well as the next mayor of Miami, Luther Campbell of 2Live Crew.
Check out the full list of the collaborators:
- Sean Metelerkamp (of Die Antwoord "Zef Side" fame) + Jacuzzi Boys
Rakontur + Uncle Luke + Jillian Mayer
Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) + Millionyoung
Fro Rojas + Keyla De La Cerda
Franco Parente + Giovanni Profera + Sebastian Fabal
Andres Mesa Valdez + Diego Mesa Valdez + Rachel Goodrich + Amigo the Devil
Waverly Films (from Brooklyn) + Otto Von Schirach
Jorge Rubiera (yay! One of our MasterMind winners!) + Animal Tropical
Samuel Lopez de Victoria + Peasants with Feathers
In addition to the above, look for cinema work by Joey Daoud (Bots High),
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Tango), Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy) and Tarell McCraney,
the Royal Shakespeare Company's playwright in-residence. Borscht Film Festival takes place April 23 at the Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall but festival events start as early as April 9. Visit borscht.info.