Borscht has been quite the tease this season. The film fest dedicated to South Florida talent announced its 2014 dates back in October, and we've been hanging on for updates since. Film fiends got their wish today with the long-awaited lineup announcement, detailing the short films screening at this year's show.
The 29 projects were chosen from hundreds of applications to receive various degrees of production support, from cash grants to full development. The films must be made in, of, or about Miami and the only stipulation is that the projects engage the city in some way, whether thematically or literally.
"There is no one way we help filmmakers tell Miami stories -- we just try our best to help bring them to life with support from partners like the Knight Foundation and the incredible production community in South Florida," organizers say in the release.
Some highlights include a collaboration between Miami rapper Trina ("the baddest bitch") and video artist Jacolby Satterwhite (Whitney Biennial 2014); the first narrative short by legendary Miami music video director Gil Green; an animated adaptation of street artist Ahol Sniff Glue's iconic work; a short by everyone's favorite Cuban puppet (and New Times alum) Pepe Billete; a documentary about the dying art of Haitian machete fencing; the continuing adventures of Chris Bosh in the multiverse, and an unofficial sequel to 1994's Cool As Ice starring a pirated Vanilla Ice, from artist Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva.
The commissioned shorts include:
Diamond Princess En Plein Aire by Jacolby Satterwhite & Trina Who is Lou Gehrig? by Gil Green Cabal by Ray Tintori Biscayne World by Ahol Sniffs Glue, Michael Arcos, and Ellen Hertzler Swimming in Your Skin Again by Terence Nance Pingaso: The Pepe Billete Story by Pepe Billete Dolfun by Sebastian Silva Yearbook by Bernardo Britto Papa Machete by Jonathan David Kane Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse! (Part 2) by Bleeding Palm Cool as Ice 2 by Jillian Mayer & Lucas Leyva LAKE MAHAR by Julian Yuri Rodriguez The Voice Thief by Adan Jodorowsky Stripper Wars by Giancarlo Loffredo Night Sirens by Andres Meza-Valdes, Diego Meza-Valdes, and Eric Mainade El Sol Como un Gran Animal Oscuro by Bleeding Palm Capitalist Poem #5 by Kayla Delacerda Ham Heads by Efren Hernandez Pink Sidewalks by Monica Peña and Manny Mangos They and The Spot by Kayla Delacerda Alterations by Juan Carlos Zaldivar All Your Favorite Shows by Danny Madden Raider Klan Documentary by Brian Deutzman Summerland by Brian Deutzman Forest of Echos by Viking Funeral Nekama by Cristine Brache Chancletazo! by David Brauns The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again by Lucas Leyva and Coral Morphologic Hot Beach Babe Aims to Please by Jillian Mayer
The shorts will screen during the film festival alongside submitted films during various events from December 17 through December 21 around Miami. Some will play at the Borscht flagship night at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Saturday, December 20.
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The Borscht players plan to make more announcements on December 1, including what venues will participate. For now, they leave us with a trailer for one of the shorts: Night Sirens by Andres Meza-Valdes, Diego Meza-Valdes, and Eric Mainade. Warning: It's scary as fuck.