The following is an interview between Muhammed Malik and Jeremy Scahill. Malik is a human rights advocate and social commentator, born and raised in Miami (full bio below). Scahill is national security correspondent for The Nation and the author of the New York Times bestseller ‘Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army’ and ‘Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield’, released in April, which explores the consequences of the global War on Terror. Scahill will be in Miami on Saturday night to field questions following the screening of the ‘Dirty Wars’ documentary at O Cinema’s Miami Shores location.
In the beginning of Beware of Mr. Baker, Ginger Baker smacks Jay Bulger in the face with his walking cane, sending blood streaming down the filmmaker’s nose. It’s a fittingly aggressive start to a film that chronicles a life spent hitting things: hitting joints, pummeling his veins with heroin, hitting the dusty road on an improbable musical excursion through the Sahara, even whacking polo balls from the backside of a galloping horse — and, of course, banging out drum beats that transformed rock and roll.
With Election Day looming, there is a tension in the air all across America that even a diligent disregarder of politics can’t help but feel. The heated presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, with its bottomless negativity and relentless fear-mongering, has brought the tension to new heights, but, in truth, America now exists in a perpetual state of hyper-partisan apoplexy, and has for all of the 21st Century.
Audio Junkie, a campy video journal series that spotlights South Florida musicians, will celebrate Independence Day in the D.I.Y. spirit of the Founders — not Washington, Jefferson, and Adams but Merge, Sub Pop, and Factory Records.
The life of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder William Griffith Wilson gets the Ken Burns treatment in the solemn, dauntingly definitive Bill W. This documentary, which opened Thursday at O Cinema and screens there thru Sunday, depicts the civic pioneer as dogged, visionary, and all too human.
What comes to mind when you hear the name “Bob Marley”? Is it reggae’s mellow, syncopated beats? How about that serene, dreadlocked face that has decorated so many college dorm rooms? Maybe a certain pungent aroma is wafting its way inside your cerebral cortex. The Jamaican singer-songwriter was many things to many people, so wouldn’t it be folly to make a definitive documentary about his life?
It’s Friday the 13th and Borscht Corp, the team behind the Borscht Film Festival, is celebrating the demonic date by hosting a FREE midnight screening of the German horror film “The Burning Moon” at O Cinema. Directed by Olaf Ittenbach and banned in many countries after its 1997 release, “The Burning Moon” is infamous for the gruesome imagery of its two central stories, one featuring a blind date with a serial rapist/killer and the other stars a murderous holy man.
Compiled by Denise Castillon, the Miami Indie Film Guide provides a preview of the movies playing at Miami’s small film houses.
Title: ‘The Cremaster Cycle’ (USA, video art installation, not rated)
Wynwood independent theater O Cinema is in the middle of a retrospective of the first ten years of filmmaking by rakontur, the Miami-based media studio that broke out in 2006 with Cocaine Cowboys. The retro continues on Wednesday with a screening of an extended version of The U, a documentary that rakontur made for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series about the Miami Hurricanes’ dominance and “Bad Boys” behavior in the ’80s. Here, co-founder Billy Corben reflects on a scene that did not make it into the film’s final cut.
Film: The U (2009)
Scene: “Recruiting Stories — Lamar Thomas”
As we mentioned in this week’s indie film guide, all of next week O Cinema will celebrate the first 10 years of film making by rakontur, the Miami-based media studio behind Cocaine Cowboys, The U, Square Grouper, and other Florida-centric documentaries. (For a chance to win a pair of all-access passes, sign up for the Beached Miami e-blast.)
With the retrospective set to begin on Monday with a screening of Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, an exposé on the contested rape of a 27-year-old exotic dancer at a University of Florida fraternity house, rakontur co-founder Billy Corben reflects on a scene that did not make it into the final cut.