Film & TV

The NBA Joins Chris Bosh in Threatening to Sue the Borscht Film Festival

The folks at Borscht Corp. are having a tough couple weeks.

First, they received a cease-and-desist letter from Chris Bosh, the subject of artist Bleeding Palm's trippy homage Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse, just weeks before tonight's planned Bosh Film Festival. Then, earlier this week, they experienced trouble with online ticketing for their Saturday night Borscht Film Festival at the Arsht Center.

And now, the NBA's piling on too. According to Facebook, Borscht received yet another cease-and-desist letter from the organization, this one claiming "unauthorized use by the Borscht Corporation ... of intellectual property belonging to the National Basketball Association ... and the Miami Heat."

See also:

- Chris Bosh Objects to Borscht Film Festival's Adventures of Chris Bosh Film

- Bleeding Palm Responds to Chris Bosh Letter With Animated GIF: "Our Whole Universe is in Danger"

Borscht, in typical "Y U MAD BRO" style, posted a scan of the letter to Facebook, saying "I think all of these people are confused about the concept of the multiverse! All life is real."

The Bosh Film Festival, scheduled for tonight, is a free film screening event inviting local filmmakers to show their work at the Miami Art Museum. Adventures... is the festival's centerpiece, a short film by local artist Ronnie Rivera, aka Bleeding Palm, that we describe in this week's issue of New Times as "the radioactive love child of The Jetsons and TV Funhouse," in which Chris Bosh is a space prince from another dimension fighting to save the world and win basketball games at the same time.

As of this morning, the Bosh Film Festival will continue as planned, Borscht's organizers say. Screenings start at 10 p.m. We'll update this post with more information as we get it.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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