Jorge Rubiera, frontman of Can’t Stop and drummer of Animal Tropical, has a film called Birdwatchers in the Borscht Film Festival (Saturday, April 23, Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall). According to an interview Rubiera gave Cultist, it has almost no dialogue (a few snippets of Spanish here and there), no specific setting (North America? South America? Central America? the Caribbean?), no actors (it stars local musicians as conquistadores), and no plot as such (something about wearing leather in the tropics). What it does have, judging from this freshly cut trailer, is gorgeous images and a score full of horsehair.
In the video for “Big Problem”, a track off of ANR’s recently released Stay Kids, the female lead does indeed have a big problem in the imposing form of Jimmy Winger, a harpoon-wielding runaway state senator with oil coursing through his veins and a murderous vendetta against Carl Sagan readers. Made by Lucas Levya and the Borscht Film Festival crew, the video is part of a larger slasher film and stars (abuses?) Miami Favs blogger Megan Harmon as its heroine, choreographer Rosie Herrera as its ill-fated seductress, and Baby Hairs’ vaudevillianess Shira Abergel as its pineapple-plied wound-licker. Enjoy.
So I discovered late Monday night that the deadline to submit a short to the Borscht Film Festival Selects Program was yesterday (Tuesday) at 11:59:59. Naturally, my first thought was, “We should conceive of, shoot, edit, and submit a film before the deadline.” It was a tall order but something we really wanted to pull off. With South Beach as our backdrop and its residents and visitors our gracious actors, we made it happen.*
Now, this is no glossy Hollywood production (though we did write a little skin into the picture — mine, unfortunately). But even with the shakes and blurs and at times sub-par sound quality, we think the flick came together pretty well. We hope you agree.
Without further ado … “In Search of Waldo Pepper”.
Local filmy Lindsay Scoggins cut this tickler of a holiday short on behalf of the Borscht Film Festival. Personally, I’m flabbergasted Borscht got Woody Allen to sing “Burrito Sabanero” alongside Michael Mann — a greater testament to the film fest’s growing clout, in my opinion, than five Palmes d’Or. Cue the wood block!