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IFP Screen Forward Presents: BORSCHT CORP. RETROSPECTIVE

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THE BORSCHT CORP. RETROSPECTIVE

A five-day (FREE) special event featuring daily screenings of select works from filmmakers such as Lucas Leyva, Jillian Mayer, Terence Nance, Amy Seimetz, Barry Jenkins, Sebastian Silva, and more! 

For the last five years, Miami-based film and art collective The Borscht Corporation has had at least one short film premiere at Sundance and have had dozens of their works play in over a hundred other international festivals and museums while winning dozens of awards and garnering millions of views online, boldly announcing the arrival of Miami as a vital independent film center to the international community and “legitimized the once-absurd premise of filmmaking in Miami” in effect “spurring a filmmaking boom in South Florida,” according to the Miami Herald. This series is a brief and wild overview of some of their psychedelic, moving, strange, and distinctly Miami work from the last few years.

**Please Note: Seating for all screenings will be first-come, first-serve but you must RSVP.

PROGRAM DETAILS
Thursday, July 30th – 7:15pm
Mayer/Leyva Spotlight 

Artist Jillian Mayer and playwright Lucas Leyva, the de facto leaders of the Borscht Corp, present all of their collaborative film projects from 2010 to present in chronological order. Included are their first collaboration and Guggenheim video Biennale winner Scenic Jogging, Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke (“25 essential shorts from over a century of cinema”- Fandor), futurist musical #PostModem (“mindblowing”- Filmmaker Magazine), viral hits, unseen and embarrassing experiments, and a work-in-progress screening of their new short Cool As Ice 2. When a version of this program played at the Key West Film Festival last year, it prompted Indiewire to wonder if in fact “the next great hope of American film is hiding in Florida.” 

Program Details:
Scenic Jogging (2010, 1 min.)
Jillian Mayer goes for a jog. 
We As Me in 3D (2010, 1 min.)
Jillian Mayer in 3-D, deconstructed and anthropomorphized
Rachel Goodrich – "Light Bulb" (2010, 3 min.)
Music Video
Reinaldo Arenas (2011, 3 min.)
The true story of the last few hours in the life of an unintentional immigrant, as told by a dying shark. 
ANR – "It's Around You" (2011, 3 min.)
Music Video
I Am Your Grandma (2011, 1 min.)
An autobiographical video diary log (vlog) that Jillian Mayer records for her unborn grandchildren. 
Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke (2011, 13 min.)
A modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 French short film 'La Jetee', starring Uncle Luke, the legendary rapper from the hip-hop group 2 Live Crew. 
Hundred Waters – "Boreal" (2012, 4 min.)
Music Video
Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin (2012, 4 min.)
This video was released on YouTube under the account "JacuzziGals" with the accompanying text: "Youtube!!!! we are 6 girls (and one tiny dog) who looooove the Jacuzzi Boys!!!!! (don'twory 18+, don't be gross) We made a fan vid a few nites ago we all got together at Karen's new apt. Anyways, this is our favorite song from the new album.” 
The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again (2013, 3 min)
Gregor and Harold, two corals living in the underwater remains of Miami, share their dreams with each other. Made without any computer effects, using real coral specimens.
#PostModem (2013, 13 min) 
A comedic satirical sci-fi pop-musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists. It’s the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity, as told through as series of cinematic tweets.
No Seasons: Piratas (2014, 6 min)
The pilot to our MTV webseries following the adventures of Julian Yuri Rodriguez as he struggles to become a good person (or niñobueno) in Miami's strange, dark underworld. 
Cool As Ice 2 (2015, 25 min) 
The sequel to the classic 1991 film “Cool as Ice” starring a pirated Vanilla Ice. Work in progress. 

Total Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes

Friday, July 31st – 7:15pm
New Miami Voices

One of the founding principles of Borscht Corp was to “tell Miami stories that go beyond the insipid portrayal of the city in mainstream media,” and to articulate the voices of a New Miami. This program explores the specific culture of the idiosyncratic generation that came of age with the city itself in the 80’s. American, Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and other cultures are portrayed as well as their influence on the 1st generation Americans that identify simply as Miamians. 

Full Program Details:
Werner Herzog Defends Dade (2011, 1 min) dir. Lindsey Scoggins 

Werner Herzog has a message for Miami. 
A Toast (2011, 3 min) dir. Marco Ramirez 

An ode to Miami, Bro. 
Places Where We Lived (2012, 7 min) dir. Bernardo Britto 

This animated film definitely has at least one of these three things: boobs, people talking about 2012, a man dressed up as a watermelon. 
Biscayne World (2014, 11 min) dir. Ahol Sniffs Glue, Michael Arcos, Ellen Hertzler 

An experimental animated documentary based on the insane everyday interactions on Biscayne Boulevard, as seen through the ubiquitous, iconic graffiti eyeballs of street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue. 
Papa Machete (2014, 11 min) dir. Jonathan David Kane 

Haitian farmer Alfred Avril is one of the last remaining masters of tire machèt, the indigenous martial art created by Haitian slaves to defeat Napoleon’s armies. Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present. 
Pink Sidewalks (2014, 2 min) dir. Monica Peña 

An experimental short film using documentary footage, fast cutting, and freestyle narration to distort the popular imagination about South Beach, making the familiar strange. 
Waiting for Berta (2012, 14 min) dir. LaimirFano 

Two women in their 80's rekindle a grudge dating back to the Cuban revolution, seeking retribution fifty years and ninety miles later. 
Miami 1996 (2012, 8 min) Dir. Nick Corirossi 

A found-footage film from a Miami booty party gone horribly wrong. 
Capitalist Poem #5 (2013, 4 min) dir. Kayla Delacerda 

A response to and adaptation of Miami poet Campbell McGrath's "Capitalist Poem #5." 
Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse! (2012, 11 min) dir. Bleeding Palm 

The true story behind how the Miami Heat won the NBA title in 2012 despite one of their star players being an interstellar prince who was called away to do battle with evil foes bent on finally making the Internet completely useless.
SomosChavalos (2013, 1 min) dir. Julian Yuri Rodriguez 
A modern urban Latino youth interpretation of the poem 'We Real Cool' by Gwendolyn Brooks. 
No Seasons: Piratas (2014, 6 min) dir. Lucas Leyva 
The pilot to the MTV webseries following the adventures of Julian Yuri Rodriguez as he struggles to become a good person (or niñobueno) in Miami's strange, dark underworld. 

Saturday, August 1st – 3pm
Late Night Vibes

The Borscht Film Festival is the semi-annual showcase of the Borscht Corp’s creative output, and was recently called “the weirdest film festival on the planet” by IndieWire and said to be “reinventing the concept of the film festival” by Filmmaker Magazine. This program of shorts exemplifies the ethos that Vice describes as “a fascinating experiment that was also unnerving, in that the line between a short film, a student film, an unfinished film, a music video, a comedy sketch, and an overly ambitious YouTube vid was left unchecked.” Real asexual sea creatures, existentially troubled robots, space-borne NBA players, and post-apocalyptic dogs star in interdimensional narratives and cinematic experiences.

Full Program Details: 
Pineal Warriors (2012, 7 min) dir. Otto von Schirach, Egon von Schirach 

Otto von Schirach (as Supermeng) and Blowfly battle interdimensional reptiles to save Miami. 
Oystervision (2011, 1 min) dir. Coral Morphologic 

A closeup look in to the multiple eyes and fleshy mantle of a thorny oyster.
Correctamundo (2011, 5 min) dir. Nick Corirossi 
There is nothing that can prepare you for CORRECTAMUNDO! With Fred Pepper y Don Juan. 
I Am Your Grandma (2011, 1 min) dir. Jillian Mayer 
An autobiographical video diary log (vlog) that Jillian Mayer records for her unborn grandchildren. 
C#CKFIGHT (2012, 10 min) dir. Julian Yuri Rodriguez 
A deconstructed adaptation of "Dante's Inferno," taking place at a bathsalt-fueled fighting ring in Miami's underworld. It takes us past the thin veneer of civilization to "I Sol Tace" (where the sun is silent), a place where all our preconceived notions of entertainment and beauty are challenged
Play Dead (2011, 17 min) dir. The Meza Brothers 
A zombie apocalypse unites a ragtag pack of dogs in the ruins of Miami. 
Robot Hairs (2014, 1 min) dir. Bernardo Britto 
Two robots thinking a lot about hair recently.A computer animation like “The Croods” or Pixar. 
Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse! (2012, 11 min) dir. Bleeding Palm 
The true story behind how the Miami Heat won the NBA title in 2012 despite one of their star players being an interstellar prince who was called away to do battle with evil foes bent on finally making the Internet completely useless. 
Man O War (2011, 2 min) dir. Coral Morphologic 
Experience the deadly tentacles of a Portugese Man-o-War in macroscopic detail. 
The Voice Thief (2014, 26 min) dir. AdanJodorowsky 
A man goes on a surreal odyssey through Miami’s psychedelic underworld in search of his wife’s missing voice.

Sunday, August 2nd – 3pm
Tourists

Over the last several years the Borscht Corp has invited guest filmmakers from independent film communities in other cities to come to Miami (or Miami expats to return) for a curated experience and create a film exploring the city in their specific voices. 

Full Program Details:
Otto and the Electric Eel (2011, 6 min) dir. Andrew Zuchero, Duncan Skiles 

Otto Von Schirach battles to keep an inter-dimensional creature from ruining his dinner date. 
Velvet (2009, 7 min) dir. Peter Glanz 

Told through a series of memories, Velvet deals with the dissolution of a relationship in Miami's Design District. 
All Your Favorite Shows (2014, 5 min) dir. Danny Madden 

Shows and commercials and videos and more shows. That's all this kid sees and that's all he cares to see. 
Si NosDejan (2012, 10 min) dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall 

A love story told through bubble baths, Hollywood movies, interrupted fantasies, Mariachi songs, beachcombers, missed connections and Pamela Anderson. 
Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One (2014, 4 min) dir. Ray Tintori 

Saboteurs and struggling artists Frank O’Hara and Louise Brooks crash their plane in an unmapped part of the wilderness off the coast of Florida and discover a massive, multi-tiered universe filled with fiefdoms, colonists and entire populations that have had their history books rewritten and their water supply tainted with memory erasing chemicals. As they start to dismantle the society from the inside, O’Hara and Louise confront the gulf between them. 
Chlorophyl (2011, 15 min) dir. Barry Jenkins 

A young woman deals with the emotional fallout of a failed relationship. 
Dolfun (2014, 10 min) dir. Sebastian Silva 

What begins as a love story becomes an existential crisis when filmmaker Sebastian Silva flies to Miami to fulfill his lifelong dream of swimming with a dolphin. Work in progress.
When We Lived in Miami (2012, 13 min) dir. Amy Seimetz 
A short about the lengths one woman will go to keep her family from falling apart, filmed during Hurricane Isaac. 
Swimming in Your Skin Again (2014, 25 min) dir. Terence Nance 

A film about motherhood, banality, Miami, the water, the divine feminine, and how to sing in church in a way that calls forth your own adulthood.

Monday, August 3rd – 7:15pm
Outside Validation

While Borscht was founded to serve the community of Miami, certain projects have broken out to have successful festival runs. This program chronologically presents the films that launched at Borscht and went on to make some sort of impact nationally or internationally.

Full Program Details: 
I Am Your Grandma (2011, 1 min) dir. Jillian Mayer 

An autobiographical video diary log (vlog) that Jillian Mayer records for her unborn grandchildren. 
Reinaldo Arenas (2011, 5 min) dir. Lucas Leyva 

The true story of the last few hours in the life of an unintentional immigrant, as told by a dying shark. 
Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke (2011, 13 min) dir. Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva 

A modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 French short film 'La Jetee', starring Uncle Luke, the legendary rapper from the hip-hop group 2 Live Crew. 
Play Dead (2011, 17 min) dir. The Meza Brothers 

A zombie apocalypse unites a ragtag pack of dogs in the ruins of Miami. 
When We Lived in Miami (2012, 13 min) dir. Amy Seimetz 

A short about the lengths one woman will go to keep her family from falling apart, filmed during Hurricane Isaac. 
Places Where We Lived (2012, 7 min) dir. Bernardo Britto 

This animated film definitely has at least one of these three things: boobs, people talking about 2012, a man dressed up as a watermelon. 
C#CKFIGHT (2012, 10 min) dir. Julian Yuri Rodriguez 

A deconstructed adaptation of "Dante's Inferno," taking place at a bathsalt-fueled fighting ring in Miami's underworld. It takes us past the thin veneer of civilization to "I Sol Tace" (where the sun is silent), a place where all our preconceived notions of entertainment and beauty are challenged. 
Yearbook (2013, 5 min) dir. Bernardo Britto 

A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up. 
Papa Machete (2014, 11 min) dir. Jonathan David Kane 

Haitian farmer Alfred Avril is one of the last remaining masters of tire machèt, the indigenous martial art created by Haitian slaves to defeat Napoleon’s armies. Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present. 
All Your Favorite Shows (2014, 5 min) dir. Danny Madden 

Shows and commercials and videos and more shows. That's all this kid sees and that's all he cares to see. 
The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal (2014, 5 min) dir. Bleeding Palm 

A computer and a woman fall in love only to be torn apart because of their inappropriate feelings for each other. 

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