The Face of MIFF: Watch Julian Yuri Rodriguez's C#ckfight if You Dare (NSFW)

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If you've wandered the streets of Miami with your eyes open (and hopefully you have, because these drivers murderous), you've undoubtedly seen the abundant advertisements for Miami International Film Festival plastered among bus stops and roaming taxis.

If you have, you'll also recognize the face of MIFF 2014 as an old Cuban man, scarred and tired, immediately human and powerful in its straightforward honesty. The irony is, the face is a still from the short-film C#ckfight, directed by New Times Mastermind Julian Yuri Rodriguez, 25, and it's not even showing at MIFF - but it is showing online, right now.

See also: Mastermind 2014 Finalist: Filmmaker Julian Yuri Rodriguez to Premiere C#ckfight in Virtual Reality at Artopia

Here's the aww moment: That face belongs to Rodriguez's real-life grandfather. It's pretty cool to see your grandpa, a true Miami resident, making cameos all over the city, right? Things take a strange turn when you watch the actual flick though, which, fair warning, is not your average rooster throw-down.

In Cuban culture, there's an understanding that a man who bangs another man can make it through the sexual act, and as long as he's "on top," it's accepted that he's not necessarily "gay." In the 9-minute-30-second film, Rodriguez explores these complicated ideas about sexuality, masculinity, and violence, using the beloved past-time of cockfighting as metaphor.

The film is graphic in nature without being explicit. It's beautifully shot and certainly touching, and it's streaming on Vimeo for your pleasure (or something like that). Trust us, this is the classiest and most high-brow use of the term "rapedog" you've ever or will ever witness.

Visit miamiinternationalfilmfestival.com to see the short film.

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heynastie
heynastie

im very happy to have been a part of this project . thank you everyone

Asik
Asik

I apologize for my part in saying that Shayna: Aka Jenny had blocked me.. In fact she contacted me at my Facebook right after my comment.. So it was a confusion as to the blocking.. I don't ever mean to misrepresent myself by coming off as a liar.... I attempted to edit my comment and or omit it... A-Sick-CoFX

davidmatt112
davidmatt112

why is new times linking to a fake MIFF website ? 

heyitsbenny
heyitsbenny

This masterpiece of artistic expression perfectly sums up the human condition. Excelsior!

julianyuri
julianyuri

JUST 2 CLARIFY ITS MY DAD NOT GRANDPA AND ITS A BEHOND THE SCENES PHOTO OF A CHARACTER IN MY MOVIE NOT A STILL

julianyuri
julianyuri

TO CLARIFY:

ITS NOT MY GRANDFATHER ITS MY DAD

ALSO ITS NOT A MOVIE STILL BUT A BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTO TAKEN ON SET OF A CHARACTER IN MY MOVIE

YourMom
YourMom

The FACE of MIFF? LOL. I wouldn't go that far.  Just because Borscht has friends at Miami New Times doesn't mean that everyone is going to believe the crap you feed to the public in this publicity scam. No one cares about a movie that was made 3 years ago, but nice try y'all. Visit the REAL MIFF website at www.MiamiFilmFestival.com

lianick
lianick

This is why the Miami New Times can't be taken seriously for reporting misleading articles. Cockfight is absolutely not the face of MIFF.....that photograph is NOT A STILL from the film, but in fact an OFF SET behind the scenes photograph before the character was even in costume. Cockfight is from 2012....if lying through the Miami New Times is the only way to keep your career going.....lol, good luck.

Jaime_Dunkle
Jaime_Dunkle

C#ckfight masters the recipe of film-making: stomach turning realism, uncomfortable comedy, relevant social commentary, and Nassie Shahoulian on the mic!

jlp2087
jlp2087

Poignant, powerful in short exquisite! Congratulations! 

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