Recently, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida unveiled their new name and shared their plans for a new direction. Now called HistoryMiami this premier cultural institution will continue to commit to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history. Guests can consult the extensive comprehensive collections dedicated to the rich culture of this area as well [...]
The arrival of a new local film festival should be something to celebrate, yet another opportunity to witness the latest cinematic treasures in the company of equally enthusiastic cinephiles. But DocMiami, which unspools Memorial Day weekend at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, has awoken the inner skeptic who lies beneath my cheery movie buff exterior, and he’s in a foul [...]
A Whole Lot More Than You Might’ve Imagined Seems the song was wrong after all. War is good for more than “absolutely nothing.” Hell, the same-named band that sang the same-named song is testament to that fact. And we need not mention the slew of similarly sentimented songs, let alone the multitude of movies or [...]
As movie lovers from around the globe gather in Cannes for the festival’s 63rd edition, let us celebrate the desire for human connection that drives two recent releases. Nothing in Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi’s previous work (A Time for Drunken Horses, Turtles Can Fly), which chronicle life in his native rural province of Kurdistan, prepared [...]
Two New Books Bring Out the Inner Artist in Every Child There’s nothing like a hands-on approach to bring out the inner artist in a child. Whether it’s a house made from Popsicle sticks or monsters crafted from Play-Doh, a kid’s creative impulse is always best-served when she or he is actually digging in and [...]
Miami has been a city in the making for decades and these days, it is television and media putting our shining streets on the map. That said, it’s clear why Carla Kaufman-Sloan and Chris Sloan packed their belongings and came to Miami to open their multifaceted production company, 2C Media. Carla got her start in [...]
Stories propelled by religious conflict have fascinated filmmakers since the silent era. D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc immediately spring to mind as examples of how the tensions that arise from people’s differing spiritual paths are, more often than not, tailor made for the moving image. Ajami Consider [...]
Praising the Willful Women of Isabel Allende’s Island Beneath the Sea I dig tough chicks – always have; always will. Not chainsaw sculptor tough, mind you (sorry Cherie Curie), but those built of even sterner stuff. The kinda chicks with resilience enough to withstand whatever comes their way and brilliance enough to triumph, no matter [...]
May Is Miami Museum Month — What Are You Waiting For? Keen-minded Miamians know all about our world-class museums, and the even keener-minded among us know they only begin with MAM and MOCA. Indeed, in addition to downtown’s flagship Miami Art Museum (soon to take its place alongside Biscayne Bay) and North Miami’s Museum of [...]
Man, do I dig it when a plan comes together. When that plan wasn’t even a plan to begin with and it comes together by accident, well, hell, that’s even more diggable.
The end of spring is a dead zone nestled between awards season and the forthcoming onslaught of summer blockbusters (“tentpoles” in studio speak). Never mind that it’s only the first weekend in May; as far as Hollywood is concerned, summer is already here. As you’re reading this, family members are planning their sneaking-off strategy to [...]
Miami is picture perfect. Its light and its dark, its skyline and its shoreline, and, yes, even its people, are all suitable for framing. Furthermore, Miamians behave as if they’re living their very own movie; and at any given moment each of us is ever ready for that proverbial close-up.