Borscht Film Festival's Jonathan David Kane and Andrew Hevia Talk 2011's Best Films
Jonathan David Kane and Andrew Hevia are talented filmmakers and producers, both organizers of the Borscht Film Festival, arguably the city's most progressive and hippest event of the year. Seven years into its inception, Borscht has evolved in leaps and bounds. Once barely being able to find a projector to show the flicks, Borscht's films are now deservedly invited to Sundance and Cannes. In April 2011, Borscht filled to capacity the Adrienne Arsht Center, hosting the Academy Awards of local films for Miami hipsters and intelligentsia. Jon Kane and Andrew Hevia are two key players in the success of Borscht. We caught up with the crafty, witty, and funny filmmakers to rehash the past year, with a particular focus on film and Miami.
New Times: Alright, fellas, what do you think of 2011?
Andrew Hevia: Overall, I think 2011 was a real growth year for Miami. We had some incredible things happen -- O, Miami, Sweatstock, Borscht 7, and we've watched the food truck explosion keep on getting bigger and bigger. It's nice to see so many great things happening all at once, including the banner year for local film and tv productions.
Jon Kane: 2011 happened too fast. I blinked and it was April at the Arsht Center for Borscht 7. Then Rock of Ages rocked downtown and the Miami film & television industry boomed all summer. Then I had some jackfruit Real Sorbet at Margaret Pace Park made with organic locally grown tropical fruits. Then I stayed up all night while people walked on the walls of Gehry's New World Center. Then we marched through the streets to an occupied government center. Then we Baseled for the tenth year. Either time is quickening as we approach some apocalyptic event, or Miami's cultural awakening is stealing hours out of my day.
Ok, let's talk film. Top films made in 2011? And why?
Kane: I'll give you five: 5). Troll Hunter. Dude hunts trolls. 4). Midnight in Paris. This flick was released in May and is still in theaters. 3). Melancholia. The perfect film for a 2011 audience. 2). Forks Over Knives. Wake up America. 1). Beats, Rhymes, Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. The ladies sweat the style like the squirrels sweat the nuts.
Hevia: I'm assuming you mean "Hollywood" movies here and not the small independents we've been making. I'll go with: 3). Margin Call. A fascinating look inside a Wall Street firm on the night before the stock market collapse in 2008. It humanized the bad guys and made it so much more interesting than simply saying "greed is bad." 2). Tabloid. Errol Morris is good at what he does. This was a bizarro story told in a compelling way. 1) Drive. Pulpy, b-movie violence with a retro soundtrack and an artsy, European sensibility. What's not to love?
Think local. Best thing filmed in Miami 2011?
Hevia: Rakontur's working on a few projects that haven't come out yet that I've had the chance to look at -- Dawg Fight being the one that comes to mind. It's awesome.
Kane: I'm really looking forward to Starz's Magic City. I hear great things about the authenticity of production design on that series.
Worst thing filmed in Miami in 2011?
Hevia: Charlie's Angels, mostly because it didn't find its footing in time and was cancelled, never to return again.
Kane: No offense to any of my friends who worked on Charlie's Angels, but I have to agree with Hevia.