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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….

Some highlights from my MIFF week –

My favorite venue to attend was (of course), the Olympia Theater at the Gusman center. Built in the 1920’s as a silent movie theater and now used to showcase performing arts in South Florida, this place makes you feel like you’re in a movie.

I had a chance to see the only screening of Dark Blood, which was River Phoenix’s last film before he died (while they were still shooting.) It was wild to listen to the director, George Sluizer, talk about  some strange occurrences on set prior to his death, along with the difficulties completing the film, which took almost 20 years to finish.

The attendees! Fashionable, funky, swanky, old, young, international, local. So many interesting people who come from all over to check out the limited screenings of these films. I wanted to chat with everyone, but found it pretty difficult to bombard people as they were rushing to get a good seat.

I would definitely recommend checking out MIFF next year, March 7-16th, 2014. Considering that there were 138 movies shown, it was so hard to pick and choose what to see. Next year I will start planning a bit earlier….I suggest you do the same!

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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.

 

Kool Keith stopped by to say whats up.

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TXEMY

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.

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C#CKFIGHT

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.

When filmakers Giancarlo Loffredo and Julian Yuri Rodriguez  reached out to me about shooting behind the scenes for a new short film, I was excited. Knowing Julian, and learning about the treatment (written by him and Ariel Castro), I  knew this wouldn’t be your average movie set. Commissioned by Borscht Film Festival and filmed on location in Miami, C#CKFIGHT was a sketchy movie set, to say the least. With shirtless Cuban men, broken beer bottles and “bath salts” surfacing the venue, I was sure to dress appropriately.

The first cut of the film premiered at The Borscht Film Festival on December 15th. It was amazing to see the film on the big screen, as I had specifically decided that I wouldn’t see it during the editing phases. Uncomfortable, suspenseful and shocking…… I suggest you keep a lookout for other chances to see a screening of C#CKFIGHT. Until then, you can see a teaser of the film, here.

If anyone who participated on set would like photos, please e-mail me, Jenny, at ShaynaBatya@gmail.com.

-love & light.