Sundance Institute Brings Film Development Workshops to Miami

Categories: Film and TV, News

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A still from Yearbook, Bernardo Britto's Sundance award-winning short film.
Miami's film community is on fire. From big festivals to international screenings, local filmmakers are making waves, and indie heavyweight Sundance is taking notice.

The Sundance Institute announced this week that they will use $1 million in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring artist development day labs to eight cities across the U.S. over the next three years, including Miami. Programming will target a wide range of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and composers with workshops building on the experience of Sundance Institute's renowned residency labs.

See also: Sundance Hosting Public Art, Tech & Storytelling Panel in Miami

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Jason Segel To Read from His Children's Book Nightmares! at Miami Book Fair International

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Jason Segel at the Australian premiere of The Muppets.
As if the line-up for the Miami Book Fair International wasn't already exciting enough, another announcement on the roster was made last night.

Actor, writer and musician Jason Segel, mostly recognized from his long career in both television and film, will be attending the fair on Saturday, November 22 at 10 a.m. The novel he brings with him is his debut, Nightmares!, which he co-wrote with author Kirsten Miller and will read from at his appearance.

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The Ten Best Miami Halloween Costumes This Year

Categories: Lists

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Photo by Liam Peters
It's late October. Do you know what you're going to be for Halloween?

Don't go to the costume store and buy one of those overpriced, cheaply made atrocities. Halloween is all about getting creative and making a statement with your outfit. Besides, a lot of things have happened in Miami this year that are just begging to be commented upon with your choice of costume.

Whether you like exercising like a horse, hating on your fellow Miamians, or just love selling blow, there's a timely and locally relevant costume in our list for you.

See also: Make Your Own Halloween Costume at Little Havana's Share Squared Workspace

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Make Your Own Halloween Costume at Little Havana's Share Squared Workspace

Categories: Art, DIY, Fashion

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Courtesy of Share Squared
In a city where anything (and everything) goes, standards are pretty high for All Hallows' Eve. If you haven't chosen your costume yet, you may be behind the eight ball. Halloween is just nine days away, which means Party City is sold out of everything good -- and there's only so much Goodwill hunting you can probably handle.

Lucky for those a little late to the party, the 800-square-foot Share Squared space in Little Havana is hosting two workshops this week for DIY'ers in need of costume help. The first installment is on Wednesday, the second, Friday, both from 7 to 10 p.m. The ladies of SS will help you cobble together a one-of-a-kind creation sure to outshine that store-bought slutty Elsa costume.

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Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: IFÉ-ILÉ Hopes to Bring Afro-Cuban Dance to the Masses

Categories: Culture, Dance

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Nelson Alvarez
The Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2014 People's Choice Awards nominees are live. The community can vote now through November 17 via text message for one of six selected Knight Arts Challenge finalists to receive $20,000 to fund their projects. It's a text-to-vote campaign: Choose your favorite group and text its code to 22333. Of the 75 finalists, the six People's Choice nominees are small, emerging groups from different parts of South Florida, all working to make the region a better place to live.

Neri Torres, the founder and executive and artistic director of IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance & Music, is ecstatic about being named one of the finalists for the Knight Arts People's Choice Award.

"It is an incredible honor and an unexpected reward to all the hard work and sacrifice that goes into being an artist," Torres told New Times. "This award, even just as a finalist, contributes to fuel my inspiration and determination to continue on this creative path. It is a breath of fresh air, a burst of faith for me and all of our company performers."

See also: Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: Mexican American Council Hopes to Open Mariachi Academy

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Miami Jewish Film Festival Starts Community Cinema Series With Women in Hollywood

Categories: Film and TV

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Another month, another exciting announcement from the Miami Jewish Film Festival on a new project to benefit the community. In partnership with Independent Lens Television Service (ITVS), WPBT2, the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, and Temple Beth Sholom, MJFF is launching the Community Cinema series, which will feature six films over the span of six months. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The six films featured in Community Cinema come from the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, and each will premiere ahead of its broadcast date. Of the six features, the first will be Makers: Women in Hollywood, this Thursday, October 23, at 8 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom.

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To Cuba and Back: Glexis Novoa Dwells on the Contradictions of the Communist Country

Categories: Art

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Courtesy of Adalberto Roque
Glexis Novoa's painting Se Vende dominates the Juan Ruiz Gallery in Wynwood. The seven-by-ten-foot canvas is freighted with abstract symbols ranging from women's shoes to beer cans, a lap-top, a car, a pig's head, a bust of José Martí, an assault rifle, a skull next to a giant penis, and acronyms for Cuba's Committee for the Defense of the Revolution and Fidel Castro's July 26th Movement.

The 49-year-old Cuban-American artist, who was once a favored person on the island but emigrated in 1993, created it during a three-month stay in Havana this summer.

"While I was there, it seemed like everything was for sale," Novoa reflects. "I wanted to capture the fading political symbols that are part of the glamor of the Cuban atmosphere. The penis represents government machismo, and the skull represents the high level of cancer cases among the population, which, unlike those who visit Cuba for health tourism, often does not have access to health-care services."

See also: Slides and Seesaws at Spinello Projects

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Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: Mexican American Council Hopes to Open Mariachi Academy

Categories: Art, Culture

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For 20 years, the Mexican American Council has been devoted to helping migrant farmworkers like these
The Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2014 People's Choice Awards nominees are live. The community can vote now through November 17 via text message for one of six selected Knight Arts Challenge finalists to receive $20,000 to fund their projects. It's a text-to-vote campaign: pick your favorite group, and text their code to 22333. Of the 75 finalists, the six People's Choice nominees are small, emerging groups from different parts of South Florida, all working to make the region a better place to live.

Maria Garza knows more than a little something about the challenges faced by children of migrant farm workers. She was one herself. And she's devoted a good portion of her life to trying to help those same children overcome the obstacles they encounter and to offer them every opportunity that can help them succeed -- 30 years, in fact.

Along with her husband Ciprano, she has spent more than 24 years at the helm of the Mexican American Council (or MAC for short), a not for profit agency devoting to improving the quality of life in the South Florida migrant farmworker community. Incorporating such initiatives as advancement of education, assistance in health care, fostering family engagement and encouraging cultural awareness, the group's mission has been to ensure that every child of migrant farmworkers is given equal opportunities to obtain a quality education and with it, the chance to become productive and prosperous citizens.

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Free Events This Week in Miami: Symphonies, Food Trucks, and the Perfect Tailgate

Categories: Around Town

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Photo by Max Reed
The weekend was a blur, and now time begins marching ever so slowly. Not to worry -- there are plenty of feel-good freebies to get you through the workweek.

Maybe you had a big pig-out session and you need some friendly workout encouragement. Maybe you didn't get to eat enough and you want to learn how to cook the perfect tailgate. Or maybe you just want to curl up with a good book.

Miami has all that and more at no cost to you. C'mon, Monday, get excited.

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$5 Yoga Classes Offered In Wynwood's Warehouse Project

Categories: Lifestyle

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Yoga may be soothing for the body and mind, but it can be rough on the wallet. And while free outdoor yoga is awesome, sometimes you just want a little AC to keep you from flinging sweat at your zen-like neighbor.

At Wynwood Warehouse Project's Enigmatic Vibrations, you can get your yoga on for just $5 on Tuesdays and Saturdays, starting October 21.

See also: From Barre to Acrobatics: Five Unique Workouts To Try in Miami

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