Alvin McCraney and directed by Lucas Leyva. And one of their films
won second place at a contest at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The
MoFilm competition judges short films centered on a particular
organization. Borscht chose the Seven Bar Association, a non-profit
that throws lingerie fashion shows to fundraise business loans for women.
Although it sounds like a righteous cause, Luca Leyva, who directed the film with Spencer Morin, admits
he was mostly excited to transform downtown Miami into a monster set that's
invaded by a 500-foot lingerie model. Local performance artist Jillian Mayer (seen
recently in Mrs.
Ms. in the Miami Made Weekend), who's also a real-life lingerie model,
plays the bra-clad femme who dwarfs Miami's skyline of condos and office towers.
Meanwhile the lead singer of Arfobeta,
Cristi Garcia, provides a supporting role as well as the short's
indie soundtrack. The
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short, titled "500 Feet and Rising" after Leyva's favorite play 30
Stories and Rising by Miami playwright Marco Ramirez, was made in
under four days and for just $20, thanks to the donated time and skills