As if I weren’t already pumped for the Borscht Film Festival, I got a hell of a lot more so when I watched the trailer for Chlorophyl, a 25-minute film directed by Liberty City native Barry Jenkins and inspired by a song by local musician Mike Diaz aka MillionYoung.
The film is about “a young woman dealing with the emotional fallout of a failed relationship,” according to Borscht’s website — but that isn’t what got me going. Nor was it the fact that Jenkins has a really interesting backstory — as outlined in a recent New Times profile — or appears destined for a great career following the success of Medicine for Melancholy, which the New York Times ranked one of the best films of 2009.
All that’s well and good. But what really got me psyched to see Chlorophyl is a high-profile cameo at exactly 37 seconds into the trailer.
No, not leading lady Ana Laura Treviño. Did you catch that black, scraggly something on her shirt? It’s an ear. Not just any ear, but the ear of the Beached Miami Wolfcyclist, who made its terrifying Miami debut during the Critical Mass Halloween ride after materializing from the bubbling cauldron that is the mind of Beached Miami co-editor Robert Benjamin Campbell.
So while it appears that In Search of Waldo Pepper, our entry to Borscht’s Selects Program, did not make the final cut (to the festival’s ever-lasting discredit), our consolation is that our very own Wolfcyclist has a date with the silver screen in a film directed by one of the hottest young filmmakers in the country.
Kudos to Jenkins for recognizing a star when he sees one, and double kudos to Chlorophyl’s self-evidently visionary costume designer. Cannes here we come.
The Borscht Film Festival is on Saturday, April 23, at the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center downtown. Learn more details on the festival’s website.