Film & TV

Borscht Film Festival Returns With a Five-Day Showcase of Local Works

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The screenings and events this year are so plentiful and thought-provoking that one can only scratch the surface of the programming in this space. In addition to the main event -- a major screening of shorts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this Saturday -- Borscht will premiere Scarface Redux, a crowdsourced remake of Brian De Palma's iconic Miami-based film, pieced together with 15-to-20-second clips. Other highlights include a welcome dinner and keynote speech in Stiltsville, a pet-friendly outdoor screening of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and plenty of cult and classic film screenings at Gramps and the Miami Beach Cinematheque. Then there's "the Multiverse," Borscht's interpretation of a theme park, featuring arcade games, three hours of film screenings, and interactive experiences such as a virtual visit to Cuba via Oculus Rift.

Borscht founder/minister of the interior Lucas Leyva explains the idea behind creating a film experience that rises above a series of movie screenings. "In Miami -- and I don't mean this condescendingly at all -- things need to be kind of an event to go to," he says, "so we try to build stuff as a physical event that's as fun and important as the films themselves."

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Hans Morgenstern has contributed to Miami New Times for too many decades, but he's grown to love Miami's arts and culture scene because of it. He is the chair of the Florida Film Critics Circle, and most of his film criticism can be found on Independent Ethos (indieethos.com) if not in New Times.