Sundance Institute Brings Film Development Workshops to Miami

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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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Nat Chediak Voted As New Programming Director at Coral Gables Art Cinema

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After about an hour and a half meeting today, board members of the Coral Gables Art Cinema confirmed via vote that Nat Chediak will become the organization's new director of programming.

Press were not permitted inside the meeting, but members exiting this morning said it was a positive outcome.

"Some of the events of the past are unfortunate, but we're moving forward," said Secretary Marlin Ebbert. She added that one of the items discussed was keeping internal issues exactly that -- internal.

Last week, an anonymous source told New Times that there was discontent among the board members and executive advisory committee regarding the abrupt resignation of longtime director, Robert Rosenberg.

See also: Local Cinema Icon Nat Chediak Returns to the Miami Film Scene

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Nat Chediak Appointed Coral Gables Art Cinema Director Amidst Board Turmoil

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Following the recent resignation of longtime leader Robert Rosenberg, Coral Gables Art Cinema has selected Nat Chediak as its new program director.

A source says an oral agreement between Chediak and cinema founder and former executive director, Steven Krams, will be confirmed at a meeting on Tuesday, October 14. Co-founder of the Miami International Film Festival, Chediak is a well-known figure in the film industry.

If the vote passes at Tuesday's meeting, Chediak will begin his tenure immediately. Krams told the Miami Herald that the job offer has already been vetted by executive committee officers and that he is confident the vote will pass without opposition. But some members of the organization have been blindsided by the turn of events, and say a lack of transparency has marred communications between the boards.

See also: Coral Gables Art Cinema Wins National Grant to Run Science-Themed Flicks

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Miami Artist Edward Crowell II Dies in Apparent Motorcycle Accident

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Courtesy of Edward Crowell II's Facebook
"Never thought not fitting in any circle throughout school and post-college, my singularity as an adult has paid off, success, art, and I have my soul." -- Edward Crowell II

It is hard to imagine that a young man from Pike Road, Alabama, would come to embody a version of art in Miami. Edward Crowell II was not your typical local artist -- far from it. A self-taught painter, he created nearly 20 years' worth of work that exhibited the brash disestablishment of the art world that a younger person might attempt but never harness. Bold, muddled, unsure in a Devil-may-care way, Crowell's paintings were manic and composed, flip and serious, shy and daring. The contradicting nature of his work is what made it interesting.

Some observers liken his paintings to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Overtown's pride and joy, Purvis Young, and they aren't too far off the mark, but the comparison stops at the energy of the aforementioned artists. Crowell's work, though violent at first glance, is actually inspired by the civil rights movement, pop art, the sensuality of women and poetry. A fixture in Miami's nightlife, Crowell was also a poet and musician. Friends and family on Facebook say he passed away following a motorcycle accident last Thursday, September 25.

See also: Kiki Valdes' "The Outsiders": Art For the Anti-Basel Crowd

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Florida Gallery To Exhibit Life-Size Prints of Leaked Nude Pics

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Florida, why you always gotta go there?

A St. Petersburg art gallery plans to put even more eyes on the recently leaked nude photos of female celebrities like actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton. As part of LA street artist XVALA's "Fear Google" campaign, Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CALA) will display the unaltered, blown-up images on canvas in an upcoming show called "No Delete" next month at CACA's The Showroom, located in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg.

See also: South Florida Celeb Ariana Grande Among Victims of Mass Hacked Nude Pic Leak

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Joan Rivers Dead at 81: Eight Jokes from the Comedy Legend

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Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers has died at 81. Rivers never fully recovered from complications during an August 28 surgery in New York City, where she suffered cardiac arrest and was later placed in a medically-induced coma. On September 2, daughter Melissa Rivers revealed her mother was on life support.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother."

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Beyoncé Turns 33 Today: Let's Celebrate With Her Sassiest Gifs

Beyoncé "Queen Bey" Carter turns 33 today and for some reason, this momentous occasion hasn't become a national holiday yet. Maintaining her status as America's favorite pop star since the Destiny's Child days, the recent relative scandals have been, dare we say, refreshing.

There was that once-questionable trip to Cuba, and the infamous elevator incident involving her husband Jay-Z and sister Solange Knowles. But the biggest mark of Bey's breaking out of the perfect persona is her latest album, Beyoncé, which has been hailed as a feminist work, particularly for the sampling of a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speech in the track, "Flawless."

See also: Beyonce: Five Reasons Queen Bey Is a Modern Feminist Icon

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Floatopia 2014: Miami to Take Massive Ice Bucket Challenge on the Beach

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Gather your air pumps and red Solo cups, Miami. It's time for another Floatopia, the bi-annual celebration of beach, bikinis, and fun floats that make us all feel like boys and girls again.

This year's float fest at South Pointe Park has been challenged to take the ALS ice bucket challenge by the original Floatopia in Virginia Beach. A cringe-inducing task on the regular, Floatopia's event has hot sun, cool ocean, and BYOB booze to soften that freezing blow.

"I think (Miami) is a great venue because it's pretty, the water is right there," the event's organizer said. "At 3:05 p.m., everyone will grab a bucket, bring abuela's bucket, or your nephew's bucket -- hopefully I'll be able to provide the ice -- and we'll all do the ice bucket challenge."

See also: Floatopia Returns to South Beach! Top Five Tips for Successful Floating

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Art Basel Miami Beach Veteran Annette Schönholzer Steps Down

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Art Basel Miami Beach is facing yet another change of hands. Gallerist reports that longtime Basel figure Annette Schönholzer will step down as Director of New Initiatives to pursue other cultural projects.

Show manager of the first Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002, and later co-director with Marc Spiegler of all three Art Basel fairs worldwide, Schönholzer was one of three executives named to replace the founding director of Art Basel Miami Beach, Sam Keller, in 2007. Now only Spiegler remains of the trio. Gallerist says Marco Fazzone, Director of resources and finance and the Director of Asia, will be added to the roster.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013: Winners and Losers

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Miami Gifted Piece of Berlin Wall for Permanent Display

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A bit of German graffiti will soon join our own.
Miami is about to get a piece of world history, just in time for the Art Basel madness to come this winter. German officials announced that Miami will receive a two-ton piece of the Berlin Wall to join our city's sprawling public art presence.

WLRN reports that the chunk of wall will become a permanent exhibit across Biscayne Boulevard from the Freedom Tower.

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