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Indie Filmmaker Julian Yuri Rodriguez Takes on Miami International Film Festival

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screencap via miamiinternationalfilmfestival.com
The grizzled profile of a man with an exaggerated scar running down his face appears in almost every ad for the Miami International Film Festival, on buses, at bus stops, and in print. The tagline reads, "Every Character Under the Sun." Oddly enough though, you won't be seeing this character at the festival, nor the man under the makeup, Yuri Rodriguez.

That awkward fact has led to an Internet clash between one of Miami's up-and-coming filmmakers, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, and its biggest cinematic festival that includes a controversial mock MIFF website and some serious social tension.

Rodriguez, the son of the man pictured, is a 25-year-old director behind the short film shot in 2012 which shows the scene of a sordid human "cockfight." In the last year, C#ckfight has screened at about 15 festivals, including Slamdance in Park City, Utah, and garnered awards, including a Masterminds grant for Rodriguez from Miami New Times at last month's Artopia event.

The photo at the heart of the dispute was shot by Shanya Batya on October 20, 2012, at Eve Nightclub in Miami, at (or near, depending on whom you ask) the filming of C#ckfight.

Both Batya and Rodriguez agree it started with a few friendly on-set photographs, "for the love of film," as Batya says. Rodriguez admits, "There was no discussion of where the photos would go, no paperwork."

They had agreed at the time that she would put them on her blog, and he could use them for promotion. When he found out that Batya had sold this portrait of his father to MIFF for their campaign, he was initially elated.

"That was awesome, it was weird, extremely weird that they were going to use a character from my movie as their poster, but I found it funny. So I was repping it super hard," he says. "I'm seeing my dad all over the city. It's awesome."

Though he claims to still be happy with the image, Rodriguez began to feel taken advantage of when neither the festival nor Batya credited his film as the source for the picture. Despite the fact that the elder Rodriguez was still wearing the makeup from his role in C#ckfight, they contend it's not a photo of Rodriguez's character, but rather a portrait of his father.


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13 comments
MikeB
MikeB

Julian Yuri is a joke. Anyone who believes his outrageous tactics is just as stupid as he is. You make one short and think you're a film God? It's going to take a little bit more work than a 2 year old short and some internet scheming to make yourself known. You clearly used something that you approved (seeing photos below) as a way to shed light on a short that everyone has forgotten about. But good job at making yourself look foolish in the eyes of the locals. Isn't Borchst backed by the Knight Foundation? The same contributors as MIFF? Wow, really smart. Might as well go take a dump on MDC's college campus while you're at it. This kid needs serious help, I feel badly for him and his mistakes. 

Mr.Void
Mr.Void

who cares about this troll that made an irreversible rip off...give gaspar HIS credit

Mr.Void
Mr.Void

I think Gaspar Noe called and said he wants his credit too, for C#ckfight  

Asik
Asik

I'm the guy who did the Special Fx Aging and Scarring make up... In all truth I feel credit should be given where it is due.. As a defense to Yuri... The orange/terra cotta shirt he was wearing where the exact same clothes he had on during MakeUp and I have very similar pictures in my portfolio... If MiFF would credit Cockfight as they Should... People will be able to check the film out for themselves and they will know that I did this MakeUp which seems to be the face the publicist are trying to portray as a typical Miami resident... Not True. Shayna aka: JennyAbrams why you've blocked me or Unfollowed me has baffled me considering I've bent backwards and offered to help you out in any which way...and I haven't even received a copy of a poster or any advertisement. As I have politely asked for on your Facebook and Instagram..... Thanks for adding to my portfolio anyhow..I would really like a poster for my personal collection, but it doesn't seem this will happen... Good luck with this @ Director: Julian Yuri Rodriguez.. What's fair is fair.... Give credit where it's due.....

LORDYURI
LORDYURI

@MikeB  LOL ILL BE AT THE CORNER TONIGHT AT 4AM PLEASE COME SAY THAT TO MY FACE 


- LORD YURI 

LORDYURI
LORDYURI

@Mr.Void  NO WAY FOREAL? LOL WOW WHERE CAN I REACH HIM? I WOULD LOVE TO THANK HIM FOR EVERYTHING HES PROBABLY MY BIGGEST INFLUENCE AND INSPIRATION WOW THAT MEANS A LOT =') 

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

sheeple
sheeple

@Asik  She most probably blocked you and then unblocked you to message you after she read this and freaked out a little.. 

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