Moon Over Miami

When the traveling indie documentary filmmaker Vincent Moon visits Miami for a retrospective of his work and a two-day workshop, he hopes to find something to add to his catalog of 600-plus films. “I don’t really know the city at all,” he admits, “and I think the project I’m going to do there is really interesting because for me it’s really a way to dig into the local culture, especially trying to find the alternative of art and music and all those communities that form the richness of Miami as a city.” In 2006, Moon made his name as one of the filmmakers behind the “Take Away Shows” for the French online video channel La Blogothèque. He directed on-the-fly, cinéma vérité-style music videos for popular bands including Phoenix, Arcade Fire, and REM. In 2008, he left behind his apartment in Paris to travel and continue his work, shooting not only famous musicians but also more obscure, experimental artists and catching transcendent moments of culture like an Ayahuasca ceremony in Peru and Sufis chanting in Russia’s North Caucasus.
Thu., July 24, 7-10 p.m., 2014
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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.