An artists hymen is truly broken when he or she does time in New York Citys infamous Chelsea Hotel. Documenting the time served by artistic inmates including everyone from Thomas Wolfe to Janis Joplin, director Abel Ferraras Chelsea on the Rocks is one of several films liquefying reality into stirring poetic revelations during the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF). This Friday through March 15, MIFF will showcase a mélange of stories that range from war in Ethiopia to overcoming acne in Spain.
A new addition to the festival, the Cutting the Edge series, integrates video with photography. Theyre like musical paintings, says Juan Carlos Zaldívar, the projects coordinator. We want people to start thinking out of the box when it comes to films. Films arent just narratives; they can be videos, a photograph, or a painting. This category includes director Antoine d'Agatas Aka Ana a tawdry visual diary that takes place in Japan. And theres director Lina Bertuccis 18 Beautiful Women a piece that explores the inner jousts experienced by flagrantly tattooed women. Films can be seen at several local theaters. Call 305-237-FILM, or visit miamifilmfestival.com.
March 6-15, 2009