About

Borscht Corp is an open source collaborative dedicated to telling Miami stories.

Through commission grants, film production, web projects, myth-making and The Borscht FIilm Festival, we redefine the perception of Miami- empowering locals to tell their stories and offering a global platform to share them.

Founded by members of the generation that came of age with the infant metropolis itself, Borscht hopes to articulate the voices of the New Miami. We believe in interdisciplinary collaboration. We believe in regional filmmaking. We believe in Miami.

The Borscht Film Festival is made possible with the support of an Arts Challenge Grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.


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Events

Wed
17

Indie Film Club Miami Screening
Shirley’s Cinema
7 PM

Wednesday, December 17th

Indie Film Club Miami hosts a presentation of interactive work from the FilmGate Conference.

Special Presentation // Free

Miami Filmmakers Collective Screening
Shirley’s Cinema
9 PM

Wednesday, December 17th

Miami Filmmakers Collective presents a screening of short films by their members including the premiere of Borscht collaboration Alterations by Juan Carlos Zaldivar.

Short Film Program // Free

Miami Filmmakers Unite! Opening Night Party
Gramps
10:30 PM

Wednesday, December 17th

Come say hello and enjoy drink specials with Miami Filmmakers Collective, Indie Film Club Miami, and the Borscht Corporation at the home base for Borscht 9: Gramps!

Event // Free

A Little Strong: Jose El Rey Retrospective
Shirley’s Cinema
11:30 PM

Wednesday, December 17th

Jose El Rey was a fictional recording artist active from roughly 2006 to 2009. Created and performed by Jose Flores in a series of live shows, albums, and web videos, Jose El Rey was a parody of Latin American machismo who became legendary for his drug-and-croquetta fueled concerts at the now-defunct PS14 and Vagabond spaces as well as befuddling Miami at large with impromptu performances on Calle Ocho and unsuspecting Cuban restaurants. He was also among the most notable early articulations of a uniquely Miami "spicster" culture: first generation Americans exploring their relation to their heritage through an ironically comic lens. While El Rey was murdered in 2009, his legacy lives on through his influence on the next generation of Miami creators. This program will be a screening of his works, footage from his live shows, and a conversation with Jose Flores himself as well as several surprise guests.

Special Presentation // Free

Miami Shakedown
Shirley’s Cinema
12:15 AM

Wednesday, December 17th

Secret Celluloid Society presents a screening of Miami Shakedown, Phillip Michael Thomas's straight-to-VHS followup to Miami Vice, released in 1993. Hosted by Billy Corben, founder of Rakontur Films and director of the Cocaine Cowboys series and ESPN's The U.

Feature Film Screening // Free

Thu
18

Welcome Dinner and Keynote Speech
Stiltsville
4 PM

Thursday, December 18th

Cruise in the fearsome Borscht Armada to have dinner in one of the last remaining stilt houses in the middle of Biscayne Bay. Keynote speech by a hologram of DJ Khaled.

Event // by invitation only

Spaceship Miami
Miami Museum of Science Planetarium
7 PM

Thursday, December 18th

A literary, cinematic, and musical celebration of Miami culture culminating in the launch of the El Viajero satellite, the first extra-planetary mission from Borscht's Miami Aeronautics and Space Administration (MASA) division. This satellite will carry 305GB of Miami culture out of the solar system on a special hard drive and is expected to last approximately 2 billion years. Also: premieres of new short films by Adan Jodorowsky and others, interactive projections by Phenomenal Radness, a star show narrated live by Victor Vazquez (Kool AD, formerly of Das Racist), rare planetarium light shows, and a laser light show scored live by John Hancock III (formerly of ANR). Free beer courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon for those wearing space apparel.
Doors open at 7, films start at 8:30, performances start at 10.

Event // Short Film Program // $10 // Free with purchase of Borscht 9 ticket // Free if you are wearing space apparel

Hector.LA Screening and Criterion Collection Release Party
Shirley’s Cinema
11:30 PM

Thursday, December 18th

The Miami premiere and official Criterion Collection 3-disk Blu-Ray release of Hector.LA by famous Hollywood director and local con-artist Nick Corirossi. Watch the film Roger Ebert called "flat-out the greatest movie ever made," with the director present. He says he will berate you if you try to leave early or shift in your seat too much. Nick Pinkerton, a fancy film writer who is still alive, will conduct a thorough Q and A.

Feature Film Screening // Free

Salon de [REDACTED] (secret)
Shirley’s Cinema
12:30 AM

Thursday, December 18th

Legally we cannot publish what will be played at this screening, but we can promise this series of short films commissioned and ultimately rejected by one of the biggest pop groups in the world have never been seen before, and will never be seen again.

Short Film Program // Admission will only be granted with knowledge of password

Knights of the City
Shirley’s Cinema
1 AM

Thursday, December 18th

Secret Celluloid Society presents a screening of Knights of the City, a film about violent multi-ethnic gangs on the streets of Miami and the delightful electro music they make, released in 1986. Hosted by Billy Corben, founder of Rakontur Films and director of the Cocaine Cowboys series and ESPN's The U.

Feature Film Screening // Free

Fri
19

Papa Machete Short Film Screening and Machete Fencing Master Class
Little Haiti Cultural Center
1:30 PM

Friday, December 19th

Prowess with a sharp deadly object is one of, if not the most important skill a filmmaker must have. Join us for a screening of the short doc Papa Machete by Jonathan David Kane followed by master class in the ancient, dying art of tire machet, better known as Haitian machete fencing, taught by one of the subjects of the film. We will also learn the basics of Sayok Kali Filipino close range knife fighting from Tuhon Felix Cortes. Stick around for tasty traditional Haitian lunch!

Special Presentation // Free

Law for Artists and Filmmakers
Shirley’s Cinema
3:30 PM

Friday, December 19th

Andrew Gerber used to be a fancy intellectual property attorney working for The Man. Now armed with their illuminati secrets, he has his own firm where he helps artists like Jillian Mayer and Bleeding Palm explore the ever-shifting landscape of fair use as well as representing artists like Ahol Sniffs Glue and Celia Rowlson-Hall on intellectual property litigation matters. In this panel he will be joined by fellow attorneys Jordan Fletcher (his colleague at his firm Kurshinsky Gerber PLLC) and Divya Jayachandran (IP counsel at NBCUniversal) to give a brief overview of IP law, fair use, copyright infringement, DMCA, trademark dilution, and how artists and filmmakers can avoid infringement and protect themselves from being infringed upon. They'll all be available for drinks and questions at Gramps immediately afterwards.

Special Presentation // Free

Borscht Dickie Ride!
Downtown Miami
5 PM

Friday, December 19th

Bring your bicycle or hop on a complimentary Citibike and follow grand marshall Uncle Luke (formerly of 2Live Crew) as we bike through various locations for drink specials and secret screenings, making our way from Gramps to Borscht events at Museum Park, Intercontinental Hotel, and the YoungArts Campus. Sponsored by Dickies, free beer provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Event // Free

Ignition Remix: Lobby Takeover
Intercontinental Hotel
6 PM

Friday, December 19th

Join us in the lobby and exterior of the Intercontinental Hotel as we unveil new installations of video and interactive art by Jillian Mayer, Coral Morphologic, Bleeding Palm, Paul Korzan, Ahol Sniffs Glue, Vince Mckelvie, and more- culminating in the premiere of a 12-story tall 8-bit animation that will determine the future of this organization. If the gator eats the snake, there will be a Borscht Festival next year. If the snake eats the gator, this may be the last iteration. Free cocktail for bikers!

Event // Free

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Pet Friendly Outdoor Screening
Museum Park
7 PM

Friday, December 19th

A special outdoor screening of The Greatest Miami Story Ever Told, the classic 1994 film beloved by Caucasians all over the world, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Bring your pets, we will have treats for them! In collaboration with Bookleggers Miami and the University of Wynwood, we will announce plans to erect a life-sized bronze statue of the film's eponymous hero.

Feature Film Screening // Free for pets and their humans

THE MULTIVERSE
National YoungArts Foundation Campus
7 PM

Friday, December 19th

Walt Disney dreamt of Disney World. Borscht has THE MULTIVERSE, our DIY sketch of a theme park devoted to some of the infinite realities Miami contains. Enjoy food, games, and rides as you explore five different areas of THE MULTIVERSE theme park: a psychedelic town square inspired by Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse!, a virtual reality world, and a weird carnival, each designed by local filmmakers, as well as an emotional arcade and an outdoor cinema playing three programs of films:

7:30 PM YoungArts Alumni Showcase: short films by National YoungArts Foundation alumni. The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts; assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development; and raises appreciation for the arts in American society.

9 PM Borscht 0: Screening of short films created and curated by Miami high school students, far more interesting and relevant than anything else you will see at this festival. We are old, they are young. The know things we do not. Potentially the beginning of a new cycle of Borscht.

10 PM Bosh Film Festival: The premiere of Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse! Part 2 by Bleeding Palm, wherein Lebron's real reason for leaving Miami will be revealed. Preceeded by documentaries about Coral Morphologic and Raider Klan.

Event // Free with RSVP

No Seasons Pool Party
Gramps
MIDNIGHT

Friday, December 19th

Special preview of the first three episodes of the Borscht episodic series No Seasons, a surreality show exploring Miami's strange underworld, starring Julian Yuri Rodriguez, premiering next year on MTV (Other). Watch outdoors at Gramps from an above-ground pool. Show to be followed by Julian wrestling a gator live. Maybe.

Special Presentation // Free

Michael Arcos Retrospective
Shirley’s Cinema
1 AM

Friday, December 19th

Long before there was any artistic film community or support infrastructure to speak of in Miami, there was Michael Arcos. Often working completely by himself since the mid-90's, Michael has steadily built a body of work that defies categorization, exploring small punk subcultures in suburbs such as Cutler Ridge and Westchester and inspiring many prominent local artists along the way. This screening will be a brief overview of his work culminating in the premiere of his new film and interactive installation Dream Throat at a nearby seedy motel (transportation provided).

Short Film Program // Free

Island Claws
Shirley’s Cinema
2 AM

Friday, December 19th

Secret Celluloid Society presents a screening of Island Claws, a dumb movie about a giant crab shot in Miami in 1980. Hosted by Nayib Estefan, founder of Secret Celluloid Society.

Feature Film Screening // Free

Sat
20

Regional Film Showcase: Weird NorthWest
Shirley’s Cinema
1 PM

Saturday, December 20th

Regional filmmakers Nandan Rao (Corvallis) and Zach Weintraub (Olympia) present a program of work representative of the interests, ethos, means of production and distribution from the Pacific Northwest, followed by a zine making session.

Short Film Program // Free

Regional Film Showcase: Native American & Indigenous Communities
Shirley’s Cinema
2:30 PM

Saturday, December 20th

Regional filmmaker Adam Piron (Arizona) presents a program of work representative of the interests, ethos, means of production and distribution of filmmakers from Native American & Indigenous communities.

Short Film Program // Free

Regional Film Showcase: Philadelphia
Shirley’s Cinema
4:30 PM

Saturday, December 20th

Jaysson Musson presents a program of work representative of the interests, ethos, means of production and distribution from the community of filmmakers in Philadelphia. But mostly it’s a preview screening of his new web series about time traveling b-boys.

Short Film Program // Free

Borscht 9
Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center
7:30 PM

Saturday, December 20th

Our flagship event. Screening of short films specifically commissioned for this festival made in/for/about Miami by local and guest filmmakers. Arrive early for concerts on the Arsht Plaza as well as a body building exhibition inside. Doors open at 7:30, bodybuilding competition begins at 8, films begin at 8:30.

Short Film Program // $25 // $15 for students with ID // Empty seats will be given away on a first-come first-served basis starting at 8:15 PM

Regional Film Showcase: New Orleans / Official After Party
Gramps // Shirley’s Cinema
11:30 PM

Saturday, December 20th

Court 13 brings you The Weekly Revue, New Orleans' finest omni-sensual showcase, featuring a variety of soul-tainting entertainments and informations. Hosted by Toby Lou the Nasty One, your personal Rabbi. A show you've never seen before; we guarantee it. Stick around Gramps afterwards for performances by Psychic Mirrors and Otto von Schirach.

Special Presentation // Free

Midnight Mistress Official AfterAfterParty
The Corner
2 AM

Saturday, December 20th

Delve into the heart of darkness with your host Manny Mangoes. Don’t go in the tunnel.

Event // Free

Sun
21

A Morning Light
Miami Beach Cinematheque
12 PM

Sunday, December 21th

Unofficial screening of Ian Clark’s new feature film, an experimental narrative feature about wilderness, ecology, and extraterrestrial visitation. A former Canadian Minister of Defense who was abducted by extraterrestrials will conduct a Q and A with the director via Skype after the film.

Feature Film Screening // Free

MA
Miami Beach Cinematheque
2 PM

Sunday, December 21th

Unofficial preview of Celia Rowlson-Hall’s first feature film. MA is a modern day silent film. It is the story of a virgin mother on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas to give birth to our savior. After the screening the director will conduct a silent Q and A.

Feature Film Screening // Free

Beach Picnic
13th Street and the Ocean
4 PM

Sunday, December 21th

Sunshine, sand, ocean, dolphins. Come outside, jump in the water, have a sandwich. Nature, remember?

Event // Free

Scarface Redux
Mansion Nightclub
8 PM

Sunday, December 21th

Mansion Nightclub used to be a grand movie house, and for one night we restore that spirit with the premiere of the ongoing crowdsourced remake of Brian de Palma’s Scarface. Submit your own version of a scene at scarfaceredux.com by December 8th to be part of this iteration.

Special Presentation // Feature Film Screening // $10 // Free if you contributed a clip to the film

Closing Night Party
Broken Shaker at the Freehand
10:30 PM

Sunday, December 21th

Say goodbye, maybe forever. Also, take a book with you from Bookleggers mobile library. You’ve been watching movies all weekend and everyone looks cool holding a book. <3

Event // Free

Short Commissions

Diamond Princess En Plein Aire
by Jacolby Satterwhite & Trina
In the most recent installment in Jacolby Satterwhite’s Reifying Desire video series (on view in the 2014 Whitney Biennial) the artist continues his exploration of 3-D animation and digital space as a utopian realm to explore memory and personal history. Scored by Patricia Satterwhite's drawings and Miami rapper Trina's iconic Diamond Princess album, the piece uses the hyperbolic language and imagery from both sources to construct a hedonistic, performative and queer utopic narrative.

Who is Lou Gehrig?
by Gil Green
A film mixing illusion and reality, telling the story of local ALS diagnosed sports coach Jeff Fogel.

Cabal
by 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.

Biscayne World
by Ahol Sniffs Glue, Michael Arcos, and Ellen Hertzler
An animation based on the insane everyday interactions on Biscayne Boulevard, as seen through the ubiquitous, iconic graffiti eyeballs of street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue.

Swimming in Your Skin Again
by 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.

Pan con Pinga
by Pepe Billete
Cuban puppet Pepe Billete suffers from a moment of introspection.

Dolfun
by 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.

Yearbook
by Bernardo Britto
A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.

Papa Machete
by 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. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete — which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival — Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present.

Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse! (Part 2)
by Bleeding Palm
Disgraced space prince Christopher Bosh and Barfar the Mystic Wolfman return to battle evil forces in the epic conclusion of their journey.

LAKE MAHAR
by Julian Yuri Rodriguez
The King Arthur legend is adapted to become a nightmare of caucasian emasculation on Flagler Street.

Night Sirens
by Andres Meza-Valdes, Diego Meza-Valdes, and Eric Mainade
An illegal migrant worker decides it’s time to move on from picking crops and find a better job. Little does she know insidious supernatural forces have a different plan for her. WATCH TRAILER

Cool as Ice 2
by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva
The sequel to the classic 1991 film Cool as Ice starring a pirated Vanilla Ice.

The Voice Thief
by Adan Jodorowsky
A man goes on a surreal odyssey through Miami’s psychedelic underworld in search of his wife’s missing voice.

Stripper Wars
by Giancarlo Loffredo
Kayoz is the stage name of one of the Flying Angels, an elite group of exotic dancers who perform at King of Diamonds Gentleman’s Club in Miami. Stripper Wars takes us on a sensory journey through her internal life.

El Sol Como un Gran Animal Oscuro
by Bleeding Palm
A computer and a woman fall in love only to be torn apart because of their inappropriate feelings for each other.

To Capitalist Poem #5
by Kayla Delacerda
A response to and adaptation of Campbell McGrath's poem "Capitalist Poem #5."

Ham Heads
by Efren Hernandez
Barry and Larry are the world's oldest conjoined twins. Retired from performing, they live out the rest of their life with their brother's family.

Pink Sidewalks
by Monica Pena and Manny Mangos
An experimental short film using documentary footage, fast cutting, and freestyle narration to distort the popular imagination about South Beach, making the familiar strange.

They and The Spot
by Kayla Delacerda
A couple of young artists retreat to another world.

All Your Favorite Shows
by Danny Madden
Shows and commercials and videos and more shows. That's all this kid sees and that's all he cares to see.

Raider Klan Documentary
by Brian Deutzman
Interviews and behind the scenes footage of Miami underground rap collective Raider Klan lead to a broader discussion of the social phenomena that inspire them to create.

Nekama
by Cristine Brache
Nekama is a virtual world, an infectious model of trans-individual identity and proliferates as such, embodied by self-replicating twin sisters in an impossible archipelago of wasted jungle that is massively undergrown by fungi. To enter, one must take on the same face of the twin; to play, one must become many.

A Summer Home
by Brian Deutzman
A guest of a decaying summer resort becomes dangerously obsessed with its violent history.

Conditioner
by Viking Funeral
A series of vignettes that explore themes such as revenge, witchcraft, beauty/ugliness and repetition through absurdist humor and sound by Miami-based sound collaborative Viking Funeral.

Alterations
by Juan Carlos Zaldivar
Two days in the life of a 71-year-old widow, who is secretly dying and has decided to live life fully for the first time and an androgynous twenty-something-year-old, who is about to transition into a woman.

Chancletazo!
by David Brauns
Around the world they are known as flip-flops, sandals, thongs, slippers, tsinelas, zōri, chinelos, dacas but in Miami they go by chancletas. The short film Chancletazo! examines the footwear that strikes fear into many Miamians.

The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again
by Lucas Leyva and Coral Morphologic
Gregor and Harold, two corals living in the underwater remains of Miami, share their dreams with each other.

Hot Beach Babe Aims to Please
by Jillian Mayer
Jillian Mayer takes a walk on the beach.

Features

MA
by Celia Rowlson-Hall
A modern day silent film. It is the story of a virgin mother on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas to give birth to our savior.

A Morning Light
by Ian Clark
Off duty from his job with the U.S. Forest Service, 30yo. Zach takes up a house sitting gig for his aunt and uncle. Spending time in a remote landscape, he reconnects with his ex-girlfriend Ellyn, working playfully to rekindle their old bond. Gradually, the two begin to experience a series of strange events and unexplainable phenomena.

Hector.LA
by Nick Corirossi
It is literally impossible to describe this movie.

Coral City
by John McSwain
A portrait of Miami's Coral Morphologic, an artist/scientist duo who breed and document rare hybrids of Floridian coral while fighting to save local reefs from extermination.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
by Tom Shadyac
Dan Marino finds himself with help from a transvestite.

Knights of the City (1986)
by Dominic Orlando
A street-gang leader and his buddies rumble with rivals and enter a talent show as rappers.

Miami Shakedown (1993)
by Manuel Montenegro
Honestly we haven't watched it yet Phillip Michael Thomas at the peak of his powers is the lead.

Island Claws (1980)
by Hernan Cardenas
A futuristic horror/thriller about technology's most terrifying mutation - the Island Claws.

Shorts

robothair.mov
by Bernardo Britto
computer animation like the croods or pixar