Two years ago two University of Miami students filmed a documentary re-enacting the last days of former city commissioner Art Teele Jr.'s life. After making the rounds on the festival circuit, the documentary, Miami Noir, will air on Miami PBS in July, but it is now entirely online up at doc site SnagFilms.
Sam Rega and Josh Miller mixed re-enactments, news footage and interviews with former Miami Herald reporters Jim DeFede and Oscar Corral, as well as our own Francisco Alvarado to chronicle the events that led to the charismatic commissioner's suicide in the lobby of the Herald on a balmy July afternoon half a decade ago.
As our story at the time detailed, Teele had been embroiled in a state criminal investigation of his financial dealings at the Overtown Community Redevelopment Agency.
Tip of the sombrero to Cocaine Cowboy's Billy Corben for tweeting about the free flick now being shown in its entirety here. Miami Noir will also air on local PBS July 27, the fifth anniversary of Teele's
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death. [Trailer after the jump]
The hour-long documentary has won a couple of festival prizes, including first place at the college level of 2008's Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and it has played the San Diego Black Film Festival and the Macon Film & Video Festival in Georgia.
The entire movie is below: