I had the great opportunity to attend a bunch of movies during the Miami International Film Festival this year (Thanks Rachel!) This 10 day festival features 138 international films, showing at 10 theaters around Miami, parties, galas, and a whole bunch of awesome people.
Over the last few years, my interest in film has grown drastically, I’ll pretty much watch everything and anything. After working on sets, making my own short videos and studying the role of director of photography, attending MIFF was completely inspiring. This was the first film festival that I actually experienced as a full on festival go-er. I saw movies every day, talked to viewers, listened to Q & As and had a blast doing it all. I saw a handful of great movies, and also a few that were just not for me. I’m not here to give movie reviews, but I am here to give you a little peek into what MIFF is all about….
This Art Basel was the first time I assisted in the making of a mural. Following street artists and constantly watching the process, i’ve always wanted to get my hands dirty. Who better to assist for the first time than the talented, Jose Mertz? The mural, entitled Gilda, was completed entirely with pilot markers. Yes. A mural with a marker.
The name, Gilda, is inspired by Jose’s eldest sister, who passed away earlier that week. Thanks to all of the friends and family who came by to support the mural during its progress. We are so thankful and fortunate to have had such great energy surrounding this piece, it is so much more than what can be seen by the human eye….
Not only did I push scaffolding, get dirty and help everything run smoothly, but I (of course) documented the entire thing. Check out the photos after the jump… and look out for the video in the weeks to come. You can see “Gilda” on the side of Brisky Gallery, located at 130 NW 24th St, Miami FL 33137 in the Wynwood Art District.
Txemy - Paints in Wynwood
When We Love Colors brought artist, Txemy, from Spain to paint in Wynwood, I knew it would be an awesome chance to catch up with him while he was painting. Txemy uses vibrant colors and lots of tiny dots that come together to create electric murals. He invented the “Txemy machine,” which is a tube that attaches to a spray can in order to give a detailed spray effect. Txemy painted the front of 212 Gallery and also painted a 3 panel portrait piece for the We Love Colors warehouse. Check out the video above to watch him live in action. To see the video in HD, visit my Vimeo. Click after the jump to see photos from Txemy painting in Wynwood.
Styled by Mariangel Robles. Modeled by Samantha Phouthone.
C#CKFIGHT - behind the scenes
3 females and 50+ males. Yup, that was the scene of the set of C#CKFIGHT. After 12 hours of a testosterone infused environment, I was sure able to capture some interesting moments from the making of Julian Yuri Rodriguez’s short film, C#CKFIGHT. (more…)
Art Basel II – the art / the festivities
Art Basel I – the streets
Highly rated for upper-class vacations, beautiful women, expensive property and damn good Cuban food, but ridiculed for tacky fashion, poor transportation and bad manners, it seems that most people who are “just visiting” Miami, tend to have a love/hate relationship with it. Art Basel is the one time of the year, aside from Ultra Music Festival, that brings in heaps of strange visitors. Having lived here for 5 years, i’ve been able to witness a great change in the kinds of people that come to town during Art Basel week. Originally, Art Basel attracted a wealthy group of art collectors and enthusiasts, but as the small neighborhood of “Wynwood” has developed, accompanied by a variety of art fairs in Midtown Miami, there has been an influx of incredible street artists who visit during the time of Art Basel week. This is my type of party.