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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Bernardo Britto
A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.
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.
by Julian Yuri Rodriguez
The King Arthur legend is adapted to become a nightmare of caucasian emasculation on Flagler Street.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Nick Corirossi
It is literally impossible to describe this movie.
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.