Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 28 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.
Film and dance? Miami native Pioneer Winter manages to combine two art forms not commonly coupled. The conceptual choreographer and filmmaker graduated from FIU Honors College with a BS in psychology and a master's in epidemiology and biostatistics, going on to wow the art world with his work. Winter has presented his work at the Fringe Arts Festival in Scotland, the Bass Museum of Art, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, and the Deering Estate, just to name a few.
Winter is also the only choreographer to be accepted into the Cannonball Miami/LegalArt 2012-2013 residency program for Miami-based artists, and will be a resident artist at Miami Theater Center/The Sandbox this year. Plus, Winter also helms Project LEAP, a free program for teaching teens how to change the world through art, a theme that runs through his work.
"My work utilizes social and cultural narratives -- my Miami-made underpinnings -- to recall and develop a sense of geo-social identity. Creating dance on film and collaborating with visual artists and other arts presenters, I provide opportunities for accessing dance without needing to worry about barriers like schedule or ticket price. I believe in promoting awareness by discussing topics ranging from HIV and health disparities to gender, ageism, and identity."
Read on for our Q&A with Winters, mad scientists, parties, and Pina Bausch.
Cultist: In first grade, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a mad scientist. Not just any scientist -- a mad one. I like to think that my practice of interdisciplinary performance work and engagement of community has given me some semblance of that.
Who's your favorite filmmaker?
Alejandro Jodorowsky for his progressiveness, and Wim Wenders for his Pina Bausch documentation.
If you had a $1 billion budget, what would be the title of your film?
Favorite thing about Miami?
It's my home. I love everything about it. The transient lifestyle, the beaches, the emerging arts community. I am completely Miami-made and am happy to be creating here.
Least favorite thing about Miami?
Traffic! But that is everywhere. Even the hurricanes don't bother me -- gives us an excuse to throw a party.
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