Wynwood is constantly teeming with photo shoots and roving videographers setting their works in the color-drenched backdrop of once-bedraggled warehouses turned blossoming outdoor art museum. People make music videos, build modeling portfolios, and create surreal melodramas there. And some have taken to making documentaries about this burgeoning nerve center of creativity -- what Wynwood means, what the people there stand for, how it is the paint-soaked ideal of Miami's cultural future, and so on.
Most of these films have been rubbish. But a new short film about Wynwood by Camila Álvarez and Natalie Edgar debuts today, and it is an exception among the wide array of trite tinsel hanging from the hippest section of the Magic City. It is honest, smart, substantial, and utterly worth seeing.
The documentary, Right to Wynwood, was intended as a final project for an honors research course at FIU. Over the course of the past few years, it has grown into something far more relevant, partly because of the high quality of the film itself and partly because of the increasing significance of Wynwood as a community to this city.More »