Today, when you pick up a fresh copy of this week's New Times, take note: There's a little gift nestled inside. It's the official program for the 2010 Miami International Film Festival. (General admission tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. this morning.) But before you rip it out, run through it, and draw up your final festival plans, remember that no film fest is ever complete until the very last minute.
Only yesterday, MIFF organizers were still adding screenings. And the latest movie to make the cut is the new documentary Liberty City Is Like Paris to Me, by internationally famous fashion photographer Bruce Weber. You would most likely recognize Weber's work from the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone, or ads for megadesigners such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. But the 63-year-old has also spent significant time producing personal projects, including book-length photo essays and nonfiction films.
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Liberty City Is Like Paris to Me is only Weber's latest step outside the realm of commercial fashion and publishing. Shot in January 2009, it's a 16-minute look at one of Miami's most troubled neighborhoods as it celebrates both Martin Luther King Day and the inauguration of Barack Obama. The film will screen twice as part of MIFF's Florida Focus program, opening for the Spam Allstars: Fuacata! doc. And Weber will personally attend the first screening.
Liberty City Is Like Paris to Me, Dir. Bruce Weber, 16 minutes, HD. Screening Thursday, March 11 at 9 p.m., Tower Theater (1508 SW Eighth St., Miami), and Sunday March 14 at 7 p.m., Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). 305-405-MIFF; miamifilmfestival.com.