Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.
"The Collector," by Mary Beth Koeth.
If you're a runner in South Beach, you've probably seen him in your training: The Raven, a man who's gained notoriety for running eight miles every day along the South Beach shore.
- South Beach Runner Raven Stars in "The Collector" Photography Exhibit
If you're a TV watcher, you've probably seen commercials for Canon's Project Imagint10n
, a photography contest judged by Ron Howard and other celebrities in which winning photos help to inspire short films directed by Hollywood stars and other famous folks.
This year, Miami photographers Mary Beth Koeth and Michael Harris emerged as finalists in the competition. Harris' photo, "The Bride," is an ethereal image of a woman arched underwater, consumed by the tulle of her wedding dress. Koeth's image, on the other hand, has been featured in Cultist before. "The Collector" is one of several shots of The Raven she exhibited at Miami Beach Cinematheque
in September after the famed runner let her inside his cluttered and intense world.
"The Bride," by Michael Harris.
Now, those photos have the chance to inspire celebrity filmmakers including Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Marchesa designer and cofounder Georgina Chapman, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and Twitter cofounder Biz Stone.
Each celebrity will select a photo from nine categories: Character, Mood, Goal, Backstory, Setting, Obstacle, Relationship, The Unknown and Time. Drawing from those images, and from the contest's big winner, "Unparalelled," a photo by New Orleans-based photographer Jennifer Harris, each will create a short film.
It's unclear if Longoria, Foxx, and company know the backstory behind Koeth's picture of The Raven. But both images are finalists in the "Character" category, implying that the stars' version of the man with the glasses in the neon green bathroom will feature in the final project, assuming "The Collector" is chosen. (And, of course, ditto for Harris' drowning bride.)
All this has us thinking: Why hasn't anyone made a movie about The Raven yet? Get on it, burgeoning Miami film scene.
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