During one scene in Monica Peña's debut feature, the cryptically-titled Ectotherms, four young people nestle in the shade between two derelict double-decker buses and bitch about their high school grades. The scene unfolds in an unseen lot in Miami. The surreal presence of buses normally seen on the streets of London is true to a landscape few outside the so-called Magic City hardly see. Of course, those familiar with the city's backyard know where these lorries loom.
Peña has come to the Little Haiti bar responsible for bringing the buses to the area, the British Pub Churchill's Hideaway, to talk her debut feature film. Ectotherms will have its world premiere screening at the Miami International Film Festival Tuesday, March 11. She couldn't be more excited that the city, so quietly the focus of her brilliantly meandering experimental film, is playing host.More »