Last night at a special reception at the Tower Theater, the Miami International Film Festival revealed quite a bundle of exciting news about its upcoming year. Specifically, it was a night dedicated to revealing the latest poster for the festivals 32nd edition.
The poster, which you can see just above, features a photograph of Orson Welles visiting Miami Beach in 1943. It was unveiled last night to an audience of excited folks prior to a fitting screening of a new documentary on the great filmmaker. Documentarian Chuck Workman's film, Magician: The Astonishing Work and Life of Orson Welles, takes us through the life of the filmmaker, and guests had a chance to watch it months before its spring release. And hopefully, the presence of Welles in the poster and the screening will offer insight to the festival's line-up.
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But, as interesting as the unveiling and the film were, it's nothing compared to the mystery that the poster brings with it. The image, which came from the HistoryMiami archives, has no known photographer at the time being. In an attempt to discover who the individual is, MiamiFF is asking everyone interested in cinema, photography, or simply curious, to solve a little slice of Miami mystery, to help hunt down the photographer.
So, you heard it Miami -- it's all up to the community to discover who the photographer behind this great image of Orson on the beach is. If you're aware of who it is, or happen to have any tips, you can contact the Miami International Film Festival through their website: miamifilmfestival.com.