The Borscht Film Festival may not be the biggest or the most well-known film fest in the world. But for sheer quirky delight, it can't be beat. And this year is no exception.
Borscht 8 recently announced its lineup of events, and there's much more to look forward to than the main screening event at the Arsht Center. (But yeah, we're pretty excited about that too.)
This year's festival stretches out for a long, wacky weekend, kicking off December 13 with psychedelic films on the giant wall at Soundscape Park and ending December 16 with the announcement of Borscht's plans to franchise in another city. Along the way, you can get mindscrewed by a professional hypnotist; spend an evening contemplating the intergalactic awesomeness of Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh; and snuggle with your favorite furry stars of regional film classics at a petting zoo.
Check out Borscht's full lineup after the jump.
Thursday, Dec. 13
"FutureHistory": Psychedelic screening of films that blur the line between science and art by Coral Morphologic taking place on the 7,000 sq. ft. outdoor screen in a park designed by Frank Gehry.
8-9:30pm, Soundscape Park
"FutureHistory" After Party: Local Musicians (TBA) will perform poolside.
10pm - 1am, Broken Shaker
Friday, Dec. 14
Regional Film Summit: New Orleans: Josh Penn and Bob Weiss (Court 13) present 90 minutes of work indicative of the ethos, interests, and methods of production of New
Orleans, which naturally includes a drinking game. This will be followed by an interactive presentation.
3-4:30pm, O Cinema
"Sun Don't Shine": Under Hypnosis with Amy Seimetz: Screening of South Florida local Amy Seimetz feature "Sun Don't Shine," which debuted to rave reviews at SXSW. Think "A Fish Called Wanda" meets "Two Lane Blacktop." A hypnotist will be on hand to convince the audience they made the film, and to convince the director that she's watching it for the first time. A hypnotized Q+A will follow the screening.
5-7pm, O Cinema
Bike Graffiti Tour and Regional Film Screenings: Starting at O Cinema and Ending at Miami Art Museum, take a guided tour around the only outdoor graffiti museum in the
world, home to works by the top international street artists. Along the way, there will be stops at local bars + restaurants for drinks + food, and screenings of the regional programs from Dallas and New York.
7-10pm, O Cinema
Bosh Film Festival: The Bosh Film Festival was founded in 1849 (Gregorian calendar) in the multiverse, and its 163rd edition will take place in Miami, FL in 2012. The festival is a visual glimpse into the many layers of Miami Heat Power Forward/ Interstellar Star Prince CHRIS BOSH, and is the experimental component of the Borscht Film Festival. We're throwing it in conjunctionwith the international organization BYOBeamer, where any member of the community is invited to come project their work onto the space. Bands will perform to provide the score.
10pm - midnight, Miami Art Museum
Saturday, Dec. 15
Regional Film Summit: South Africa: Infamous director Sean Metelerkamp (Die Antwoord, Death Grips) presents 90 minutes of work indicative of the ethos, interests, and methods of production of South Africa, followed by an interactive element.
12-1:30pm, Miami Beach Cinematheque
"Rising Tide" Screening: Miami is in the middle of a cultural explosion. Filmed during the lead up to Art Basel Miami Beach in 2011, Rising Tide is a story about the visual artists who live and work in this emerging art city. This documentary takes you inside the working worlds of these unique creative talents and serves as the perfect introduction to the history and trajectory of Miami's creative development.
1:30 - 3pm, Miami Beach Cinematheque
Borscht 8: It's the main event! Borscht 8 is a screening of short films commissioned specifically for the event. These shorts are made both by locals and in collaboration with visiting filmmakers from other regions, all of them made in Miami in the spirit of micro-budget independent filmmaking. Featuring new works by Amy Seimetz, Adan Jodorowsky, Jillian Mayer, Sean Metelerkamp, Celia Rowlson-Hall, and more.
8pm - midnight, Arsht Center Ziff Opera House
Borscht's Auris After Party
Starting at midnight, Grand Central
Sunday, Dec. 16
Regional Film Summit: Missouri: Producer Kim Sherman presents 90 minutes of work indicative of the ethos, interests, and methods of production of Missouri.
1:30-3pm, O Cinema
Lunch & Petting Zoo: Enjoy lunch in a petting zoo outside the cinema, featuring the biggest stars of regional filmmaking, such as the pigs from "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and international superstar Shivers TheDog.
3-4pm, O Cinema
Regional Film Summit: Havana: Recently defected filmmaker Laimir Fano presents 90 minutes of work indicative of work that has never been seen outside of Cuba.
4-5:30pm, O Cinema
Regional Film Summit: East Oregon: Ian Clark (East Oregon Film Festival) presents 90 minutes of work indicative of the ethos, interests, and methods of production of Eastern Oregon, followed by an interactive element.
9:30-11pm, Miami Beach Cinematheque
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Regional Film Summit: Philadelphia: Vic Reznik presents 90 minutes of work indicative of the ethos, interests, and methods of production of Philadelphia, as well as the unveiling of his plans to create Borscht Philly.
11pm - 12:30am, Miami Beach Cinematheque