I’m very happy to announce that my award-winning short film GRAFSTRACT: The Bronx Street Art Renaissance will screen at the RedEye: Reality Reimagined arts festival in Fort Lauderdale THIS SATURDAY July 16 at 6:30pm. Also screening will be a short video I shot and directed called Wall 2 Wall Women: Miami’s Female Street Artists which was filmed in the Bird Road Art District in Miami and features local artists Diana Contreras, Jenny Perez, Aquarela Sabol, Michelle Vazquez of Yuhmi Collective, Amanda Valdes and others.
RedEye is presented by ArtServe, an award-winning non-profit organization that provides programs, events, business opportunities, and facilities that help local and emerging artists turn their art into business. Through private and public funding, ArtServe, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has developed a series of programs aimed at strengthening and assisting local artists and nonprofit cultural groups in their business-related and marketing efforts.
RedEye is a night packed with live music, live performance art, film, food, fun and more. The event features a live mural painting (by local artist David Lavernia), an UnPlugged stage, film screenings, a dramatic short play and a spoken word salon. Again, it kicks off Sunday, July 16 from 6-10pm so come by and say hello – hope to see you there…
GRAFSTRACT: The Bronx Street Art Renaissance, a film I directed, shot and edited, was filmed in the Bronx, New York City, back in the summer of 2014 and tells the story of J. “SinXero” Beltran, Founder & Creative Director of TAG Public Arts Project. With the help of some of the world’s top street artists (including NYC graffiti legend CRASH), SinXero’s mission of “Enhancing The Visual Landscape of Urban Communities with Art” is becoming a reality.
The film won the Best Street Art Film award at the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles and has screened at film festivals in Mexico, Sweden, Spain, Scotland, Turkey, Romania and India and made its NYC premiere at the 2016 Bronx International Film Festival.
Wall 2 Wall Women is another short film I shot and edited in the summer of 2014 here in Miami. The film documents the Wall 2 Wall Women project that featured South Florida’s top female street artists taking on a 300 foot wall (along with sweltering heat, humidity and daily thunderstorms!) in the Bird Road Art District.
Also screening at the festival is Project Mone’t – an award-winning documentary short about a young artist who exorcises her demons through the creation of a beautiful monster made of steel AND El Mar Y Él, a tragic-comedy about a man’s quest to flee Cuba during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift. The film screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2015…