06/26/14 -Â On Thursday'sÂ Â Topical Currents literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez speaks with writer and filmmaker, Rebecca Miller, about her latest book, â€śJacobâ€™s Folly.â€ť It explores the competing demands of individual freedom and communal responsibility.Â And on our Food and Dining se
06/13/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, musician/composer Russell Mofsky of the band Gold Dust Lounge drops by to give listeners a preview of the bandâ€™s new recording, Lost Sunset. Born out of a successful Kickstarter program, Lost Sunset will have its official debut Saturday, June 21st in Miami.
The Haitian Revolution in 1791 was the first (and only) successful slave rebellion against a crushing colonist regime. And the revolt didnâ€™t only result in a new state, it was also achieved with the edge of a machete.
The short film â€śPapa Macheteâ€ť opens somberly, telling how Haitians developed a martial art called Tire MachĂ¨t during that bloody, turbulent period. A versatile agricultural tool in dense tropical climates, the machete makes a valuable weapon.
When Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, a local writer who developed â€śPapa Machete,â€ť first read about it, he was floored.
The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival returns to Key LargoÂ for its second year May 1 to 4. Â Renowned film critic and historian LeonardÂ MaltinÂ will also be back as a special guest. Â He recently spoke with CarolineÂ Breder-WattsÂ about his impressions of one of the major classic film festivals in the United States.
Dramatic increases in state incentives to lure film and entertainment production to Florida may be on the way. But this time, local governments would have to pay to play. A bill approved in the Senate Commerce and TourismÂ Committee would charge counties whereÂ the productions take place 10 percent of the face amount of the producers' tax incentives.
Saturday, the MDC Live Arts series will present the live documentary "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller." It's a live doc because director Sam Green will live narrate the presentation while indie-rock bandÂ Yo La Tengo will lend its musical notes to the score.
Miami International Film Festival executive director Jaie Laplante says the festival is distinct from others in the same way that Miami is distinct from other cities: â€śThe collision of cultures, the sense of being in a place that is between two worlds, is part of the filter that our programmers apply to what gets on screen.â€ť
In its 31st year, the ten-day event will consist of 93 features and 28 shorts from over 38 countries. Here are Laplanteâ€™s favorites: Â
02/28/14 -Â Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Harvey Burstein, founder of MiamiArtZine.Com, South Floridaâ€™s online arts and culture magazine, talks about their very informative site, and its new look. The 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca is previewed by Charles Greenfield and Charlie Siemon, its Chair and Co-Executive Director.
Humanity, its attachment to technology and the widespread impact this relationship produces are all examined in Godfrey Reggio's film "Visitors" - without a single line of dialogue.
"Visitors" treadsÂ "the line between video art and art cinema"Â and is an "amazing audio and video experience," says Kareem Tabsch, co-founder and director of O Cinema, where the film is being screened.
The only music and sound in the 90-minute, black-and-white film were composed by Phillip Glass.