Say it three times fast: Borscht at Dorsch, Borscht at Dorsch, Borscht at Dorsch. Not easy, right?
When Miami-centric independent film festival Borscht and Wynwood's Dorsch Gallery came together to work on a creative project, a divine tongue-tying name was also born.
Borscht @ Dorsch is a many layered and unusual collaboration, with a quirky concept that involves moving one of the founding members and Minister of the Interior Lucas Leyva's office and work space into the gallery. And it also includes relocating the man himself.
A long relationship between Brook Dorsch and artist David Tamargo, a collaborator of the festival, and the serendipitous location for a film shoot set the stage for this special venture.
"We were shooting "Glitch" with Otto (Von Schirach) and Brook came by and said 'when're you going to do something here?' and six of us simultaneously screamed 'Borscht at Dorsch!'" according to Borscht's Minister of Propaganda Nick Ducassi. "The sky opened up and a stork flew overhead." Guess it was all sort of magical.
The space was converted by Borscht to resemble Leyva's office, displaying the objects that help them function. Curated by nomadic art project The End/SPRING BREAK's Domingo Castillo and Patti Her, moving the office into the art space is not only art, but a tactical fundraising tool.
Castillo said, "Borscht needs help making happiness happen." One way to do this is by, "having a much more personal interaction with someone." Since Leyva's office is now at Dorsch, the public has more accessibility to him.
The room features quirky items from Leyva's office, like a frightening stuffed feline perched on USPS boxes. There's a spooky latex eel that stares at you when you enter, a prop made by Andrew Zuchero (also known at Borscht as Zubaru) used in the short "Glitch."
Lining the walls are installation boards from "The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke," which will include our favorite 2 Live Crew member Luther Campbell. Concept art for the zombie dog flick "Play Dead" hangs on the walls, as do digital photo frames which display images from festivals past.
And if you have the cash, Leyva's desk is up for sale. Donate more than $500 to the festival and your name gets engraved in Leyva's desk. If you shell out $5,000, you're basically purchasing the desk and then donating it back to him and the cause. All sales go through Dorsch Gallery.
Last Saturday night was a particularly busy night for the festival, which hosted a battle bots demonstration in the middle of a food truck round-up to promote Bots High.
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Liz Tracy holds a master's degree in religion from Florida State University. She has written for publications such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Ocean Drive. She spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor and is currently the managing editor of Tom Tom Magazine.