Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, announced today it will world premiere 11 short films documenting a project by a group of nationally and internationally renowned artists commissioned by The Arts Initiative and curated by Primary Projects, at the Festival’s 31st edition (March 7-16, 2014).
Each of the 11 films will individually document work created for The Arts Initiative project by artistsDaniel Arsham, Bhakti Baxter, Jim Drain, Friendswithyou, Cody Hudson, Alvaro Ilizarbe, Andrew Nigon, Kenton Parker, Bert Rodriguez, Jen Stark and (full disclosure: she’s my sister!) Austyn Weiner. The films, also commissioned by The Arts Initiative, are produced by Grela Orihuela and directed by Bill Bilowit of Miami’s Wet Heat Project. Bilowit’s feature-length documentary about Bert Rodriguez, Making Sh*t Up, world premiered at MIFF’s 28th edition in 2011.
“Bill Bilowit not only documents the artistic process, he also captures the emotional essence an artist finds in their work,” said MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante. “We are thrilled to be able to share Bill’s new valentines to some of the top artists of our day, as he brings his own artist’s eye to the combined vision of Arthur Weiner (full disclosure: he’s my dad) and Books IIII Bischof.”
“Each of the artists in this project have in their own way touched Miami,” said The Arts Initiative founder Arthur Weiner. “I am honored and humbled to see these documentaries debut at Miami International Film Festival. It’s an elegant way to celebrate both the work and the fraternity formed by this group while creating their brilliant pieces over the summer at Fashion Outlets of Chicago.”
The 11 contemporary artists were chosen to enrich and enliven Fashion Outlets of Chicago, a newly-opened, $250 million, multi-level luxury outlet mall. The ambitious project was curated by Miami-based collective Primary Projects, founded by Books IIII Bischof, Typoe and Cristina Gonzalez, on behalf ofThe Arts Initiative, a newly formed collective dedicated to placing highly interactive visual art in public venues, founded by AWE Talisman chairman Arthur Weiner.
Since the beginning of June, filmmakers Bilowit and Orihuela have been in production on the documentary series, capturing each of the site-specific, large-scale installations. The caliber of artists is unusual for a retail center, and Wet Heat Project became involved as the developers of the windy city’s Fashion Outlets sought to fuse fashion and art in a new and innovative way – “artist-driven ideas actively integrated into the architectural framework and viewing space.”
The 11 documentary shorts will world premiere at MIFF’s 31st edition (March 7-16, 2014) and be programmed to individually precede the documentary feature films competing in MIFF’s Knight Documentary Competition program.
The complete line-up of the 31st Miami International Film Festival will be announced in late January 2014.
This year, we did things differently. Normally, the grounds at Indio get my undivided attention, but with inspired events, social-space snagging brands, and an influx of folks flocking to the fest, there were a bunch of bashes worth the crashes (Harpers Bazaar + Neon Carnival to name a few!)
On the tune front, it was the new Yuma tent (full of tech house sounds, some from the father himself - Richie Hawtin) that fueled my fuel band; the Sahara Tent continued to impress with hard hitting acts like Hardwell, Benny Benassi and Fedde Le Grand.
But there’s still something about the stages - lined along the grassy lawn that make Coachella so unique. And having the The XX, Lumineers, Wu Tang and Red Hot Chilli Peppers perform? Well that certainly made the trek worthwhile… even in a sandstorm.
AUSTIN, United States — With some 30,000 people in town for the 20th annual SXSW Interactive conference, not to mention hundreds of keynote talks, panels, exhibitions, meet-ups and parties to both participate in (and get distracted by) each day, you’d be forgiven for feeling completely overwhelmed by the whole affair.
The festival aims to provide a “view on the future” and is predominantly focused on the technology space. This year’s conference was headlined by Elon Musk, a South Africa-born, American engineer and entrepreneur who co-founded the groundbreaking electric car company Tesla, as well as payment system PayPal, and is the founder and CEO of SpaceX, the world’s first commercial company to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. Musk spoke about a manned mission to Mars and shared a video of a reusable rocket that could, for the first time, land back on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter. Former American vice president Al Gore, likewise, touched on all manner of big ideas, including the genetic engineering of spider goats. Meanwhile, there was tremendous buzz surrounding Grumpy Cat, the real-life meme with whom conference attendees queued up to have their photograph taken.
But for the fashion industry — from which there’s a growing contingent that comes to town for the event — how much was relevant? The answer is lots.
Part of the beauty of SXSW is, of course, meeting up with digitally-minded people from across the sector. But, without doubt, the most powerful insights are gleaned by stepping outside the fashion bubble and learning from other industries. The challenge is being able to distill down the key takeaways. So here goes.
There is no reason for yet another reason to book it to Berlin. The city is teeming with talent - food, culture, nightlife and fierce fashion. The scene is the type of scene I’m dying to see, but add The XX? Now, we’re talking. Day + Night is the pop-trio’s first foray into the festival game. Three highly curated musical experiences are set to take place in a series of unusual locations in May and June 2013. Venues include a waterfront park in Portugal, an abandoned Berlin theme park and a London palace. The XX will headline each night, but the events will begin in the afternoon and feature a full bill of acts.
Madley Croft explained to NME how the three locations were chosen. “London is home and Berlin and Lisbon are both beautiful cities that we love. When we were thinking of our favourite places that we’ve been, they were the ones that came up. The London one is actually just outside of London but it’s on the tube, so people can get there. It’s a beautiful old park with a house and a lake in it. I like the idea of taking people on a journey somewhere rather than just playing the usual venues.”
Needless to say, I’m giving an A+ to the badass city of Berlin. Lose yourself in the love. For more on Day + Night, tickets, the whole shebang…
There’s a first time for everything, so I’m heading out West for Sundance Film Festival, the premier showcase for independent film held each January in Utah. So put on your parka! You can catch me balling (or falling) with Burton Snowboards and feeding all fancy with Facebook, but here are my top 5 ways to play in Park City, Utah…
Stylecaster x May In Summer.
Stylecaster’s The Vivant & Elle Driver Premiere Party For May In Summer, taking place on Thursday, January 17 in nightlife guru Nur Khan’s pop-up. Music a la Asher Roth and DJ Theory
Uber Sundance: SUVs and Hot Cocoa.
It’s SXSW sans BBQ and rickshaws… Expect an Uber fleet of SUVs for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Oh, and did I mention hot chocolate? All you have to do is tap the Uber app and we will come wherever you are to deliver sweet salvation from the epic cold. #UberCocoa is $15 for 2 cups of cocoa ($7 for each additional cup, up to 6 cups). Plus we’re going to give you one pair of touch screen gloves (per order) to keep your fingers warm when requesting your ride (while supplies last)
4AM DJ’s Takeover.
4AM DJ’s are descending on Park City, so get in like a groupie. From Stylecaster, Paige Group, BMF Media and more, this team is taking over the street with beats. But save your strength for Sunday FUNDAY at TAO Park City with DJ Sinatra and DJ Theory.
Wynn: Avicci, Afrojack, Gervais.
French house music DJ and producer Cedric Gervais is a new addition to the Wynn residency roster and will bring his dynamic sound to Park City Live on Monday. Avicci on Saturday, Afrojack on Sunday, so let’s hope you can make it. It’s a marathon…
Oh wait, there are movies…
Blackbook, Short Film Picks
This week, Blackbook expressed which upcoming Sundance films we’re most excited for —from Richard Linklater’s third installement in his decade-spanning separated love series with Before Midnight to Shane Carruth’s long-awaited bewildering sophomore feature, Upstream Color. But it’s not only the feature length debuts that will be receiving praise and recognition—the short films this year are certainly not to be missed. Check Out Eight New Sundance Short Films Online
thewolffang: Let the Basel begin.
@UltraMusic Festival is hitting the Croatian coast on July 12, 13 & 14, 2013 for ULTRA EUROPE. Taking place in the city of Split July 12 & 13 and the island of Hvar July 14 for the very first time, organizers have also revealed the further news that Ultra Europe will now be housed exclusively in Croatia for at least the next five years.
Over 60,000 attendees are expected to descend upon Croatia for the debut edition of the annual event next summer, which means there’s enough eye candy for you and beau. So hit the beach babe…
Holy BPM just dropped a bomb on my inbox…The annual music festival, now in its sixth year, takes place in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico from January 4 to 13, 2013. It’s as much known for it’s postcard perfect playa as it is for the party. Say hello to Phase 1: Benoit & Sergio, Carl Cox, Cassy, Dixon, Eats Everything, Henrik Schwarz, Justin Martin, Luciano, Maceo Plex, Nicole Moudaber, Sasha, Sven Väth, Tale of Us, and The Martinez Brothers, as well as a dangerous amount of other artists. Did I mention Marco Corola?
The sea, a tiger and me? Sounds like a dream lineup. As does the one for the 50th Annual New York Film Festival. Aside from the previously announced opening and closing night films — Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, which will open the festival with NYFF’s first-ever 3-D screening, and Robert Zemeckis’ Flight — NYFF has laid out 32 films to be screened at this year’s fest. And the list includes a few projects you’ve probably already caught wind of.
The Bill Murray-starrer Hyde Park on the Hudson is the film in which the classic comic actor takes on Franklin D. Roosevelt. Cineophiles who’ve been waiting patiently to see the winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or can rejoice because Amour is also gracing the long list of films hitting New York’s Lincoln Center. Other highlights include Christina Hendricks as an unhappy mother in Ginger and Rosa and Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in Brian DePalma’s erotic thriller Passion.
Snapshot: Black Rock City, Burning Man
What started as a small gathering at San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 has turned into a popup city of 50,000+ in the Black Rock Desert 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada. Many who have been to previous Burning Man events say that it’s impossible to explain or describe the experience to those who have never been, and that it’s something you must experience firsthand. For the unfortunate people who could not procure tickets in this year’s complex multi-round, random selection system of ticket sales — or those who simply couldn’t escape to the desert for 7 days — many beautiful photographs of the themed camp sites, art, unexpected dust storms, and the spectacular burning of the wooden Man have been shared with Instagram at Black Rock City and #burningman2012 via instagram.
How do you prepare for Electric Zoo Music Festival? By remembering 365 days, at 365 BPM…. Electric Zoo. Ultra Music Festival. Coachella. Snowball Music Festival. Pacha. Ibiza. New York. Miami. Dance. Moby. Kaskade. Afrojack. 12th Planet. Bassnectar. Zeds Dead. Snoop Dog. Carl Cox. Tiesto. Calvin Harris. GO.
Music: DJ Rehab x Crystal Fighters
This Follow Friday, is dedicated to dear friend who comes once a year, who always knows what I want to hear. The three-day dance party on Randall’s Island has no shortage of new acts and new tracks. Be you a power-pit-player or a VIP best, New York’s famed Electric Zoo Festival is back, and greener, bigger and louder than ever. Here’s my roundup of not to miss moments on the 24-acre island for 12-hours-a-day over Labor Day…
For a chameleon collaborative sound, serious tech inclination, and a “how does everyone not know about this?” moment.
To relax while you rage with the you-can’t-get-in-door at the Gansevoort club’s private reserved raised seating and waitress table service in the Main Stage VIP area or Sunday School Grove.
Add a little bit of Belgium bass in your life…
Best Buy Theater.
The big boys came out to play with after parties in badass venues.
Maya Jane Coles.
New girl on the block is a first-timer to the fest.
Add more fests to the fire…
Foo Fighters, Florence & The Machine, Pearl Jam, T.I. and Ludacris will headline two days of concerts in September at Atlanta’s Music Midtown.
Organizers of the music festival announced on Tuesday that the event will take place at Piedmont Park. The musicians are slated to perform from Sept. 21-22.
The two-day concert marks the second straight year Music Midtown will be held after a five-year break. Coldplay and Black Keys headlined the one-day festival last year.
This year’s lineup also will feature Florence and The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Joan Jett, The Blackhearts, Girl Talk, Civil Twilight, LP and O’Brother.
Tickets go on sale April 28. In other news, here’s how to drive race cars in the ATL.