Mastermind 2012 Honorable Mention: Funner Projects

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Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 150 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling our honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced March 8 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

Funner Projects
Of all our Masterminds honorable mentions so far, Funner Projects might be the toughest to describe. The performances coming from the duo of Justin H. Long and Robert Lorie don't seem to follow any rules or themes. What we can tell you, though, is that they're a hella good time.

Funner Projects takes on topics like weapons, Christmas, homosexuality, and homophobia. Serious stuff. Then, using performance art, they give it a twist. "In the process, we explore what they are and what meaning they have to all of us in the funnest way possible,"  they explain.

Try thinking of Funner Projects as a "classy" form of Jackass. No, they're not sitting around hitting each other in the junk, but their performances do rely on audience reactions just as much as the content itself. Because there's nothing worse than something that's not funner.

Honorable Mentions:
Robert Chumbley
Charo Oquet

Team Danger

Luis Pinto
John Adkins

Jolt Radio

Regina Jestrow

Yovani Bauta


Kevin Arrow

Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova

Hialeah Haikus

Jonathan David Kane

Eddy "Earthtone" Vegas

Bannavis Andrew Sribyata
Sarah Kontoff Baker
Jason Snyder
Valeria Yamamoto
Jayme Gershen

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