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#PostModem

A comedic satirical sci-fi pop-musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists. It’s the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity, as told through as series of cinematic tweets.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Mayer\Leyva is artist Jillian Mayer and writer Lucas Leyva. Their collaborations include narrative films, art installations, music videos, experimental theater, episodic content and web projects. Together they help run the Borscht Corporation and the Borscht Film Festival in Miami.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Lucas Leyva and Jillian Mayer
Year:  2013
Length:  14:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Next Weekend, SXSW Film Festival, AFI Film Festival, HBO New York Latino Film Festival, New York Film Festival, MoMA’s Carte Blanche: 25 Years of Filmmaker Magazine Retrospective, Cineglobe Film Festival, Milan Film Festival, New Zealand Film Festival, Athens Film and Video Festival, Incubate Netherlands Film Festival, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Gasparilla Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, BAMcinemafest, Imagine Amsterdam Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Rockland Shorts at the Farnsworth Art Museum Mecal International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Dallas Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, DeadCenter Film Festival, CFC (Canadian Film Centre) Film Festival, Rooftop Film Screening Series, CinemaTeket Oslo, LA Shorts Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, USA Film Festival, Provincetown Film Festival, Columbia Gorge Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, IFP Center, Eastern Oregon Film Festival, CMW Film Festival, Outlier Film Festival, Loft Film Festival, SF Indiefest, Imagine Science Kaluga, Russia, Key West Film Festival, Imagine Science Film Festival NYC Tacoma Film Festival, Nevada City Film Festival, Citizen Jane Film Festival, La Di Da Film Festival, Northside Film Festival, Flatpack Film Festival, Silo Sessions Berlin, Chicago International Music and Movie Festival, Winterthur Film Festival.
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Yearbook

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

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Bernardo Britto was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and raised in Miami, FL; he studied film at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. His award-winning animated short films The Places Where We Lived (2013) and Yearbook (2014), have screened at more than 100 film festivals; Yearbook (2014) was awarded the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Bernardo Britto
Year:  2014
Length:  6:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Sundance London Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Athens Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Gasparilla Film Festival, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Rooftop Films Summer Screening Series, Milano Film Festival, Cineglobe Film Festival, Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Ashland Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Indie Lisboa Film Festival, Treefort Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Dallas Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Fort Myers Film Festival, Indie Grits Film Festival, Rincon Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Nashville Film Festival, Flatpack Film Festival, Rainier Independent Film Festival, Filmatic Alt.Pictureshow, Claremont Film Festival, Wiz-Art Film Festival, Leiden Film Festival, Chicago Critic’s Film Festival, Little Rock Film Festival, Tabor Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Champs Elysee Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Animation Block Party, Anima Mundi Film Festival, Southside Film Festival, iShorts Film Festival, Rockland Museum Shorts, Nevada City Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, Calgary Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, AFI Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, Williamstown Film Festival, Shorts Up Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Hardacre Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, Key West Film Festival, Big Cartoon Film Festival, Tall Grass Film Festival, Sunderland Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival.
Award: Sundance Film Festival 2014 Short Jury Prize for Animation Winner, Eastern Oregon Film Festival 2014 Best Short Film, Ashland Film Festival 2014 Best Short Film, Florida Film Festival 2014 Best Animated Short Film, Fort Myers Film Festival 2014 Best Short Short Film, Indie Grits Film Festival 2014 Honorable Mention Best Short, Nashville Film Festival 2014 Honorable Mention and Best Animated Short, Nantucket Film Festival 2014 Best Short Film and Best Short Screenplay, Nevada City Film Festival 2014 Best Animated Short, DC Shorts Film Festival 2014 Outstanding Animated Short, Calgary Film Festival 2014 Audience Award Winner, Tacoma Film Festival 2014 Best Film, AFI Film Festival 2014 Jury Award Animated Short Winner, Heartland Film Festival 2014 Narrative Short Festival Award Winner, Port Townsend Film Festival 2014 Best Short Narrative Audience and Jury Mention Animation.

NO SEASONS | Piratas (Episode 1)

Episode one of a surreality show following the adventures of Julian Yuri Rodriguez as he struggles to become a good person (or niño bueno) in Miami’s strange, dark underworld. Presented by MTV.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Mayer\Leyva is artist Jillian Mayer and writer Lucas Leyva. Their collaborations include narrative films, art installations, music videos, experimental theater, episodic content and web projects. Together they help run the Borscht Corporation and the Borscht Film Festival in Miami.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Lucas Leyva & Jillian Mayer
Year:  2015
Length:  6:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
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The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal (El Sol Como un Gran Animal Oscuro)

A computer and a woman fall in love only to be torn apart because of their inappropriate feelings for each other.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Ronnie Rivera is an award-winning independent filmmaker from Miami. Over the past 3 years he has directed 3 short films and produced several others. His first film “The Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse” was released online for legal reasons and went viral receiving over a million views worldwide. Rivera founded Bleeding Palm between July 2010 and August 2010\\. Christina Felisgrau is a member of the art collective Bleeding Palm. They are self-taught illustrators, photographers and film-makers. The collective began in 2010 with aims to photograph and document the local music and art scene in Miami with a surreal, often satirical twist.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Christina Felisgrau & Ronnie Rivera
Year:  2015
Length:  5:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival 2015, AFI Film Festival 2015, Maryland International Film Festival 2015, Miami International Film Festival 2015, Cineglobe Film Festival 2015, Cinequest Film Festival 2015, Sarasota Film Festival 2015, Aspen Shortsfest 2015, Provinecetown International Film Festival 2015, Cleveland International Film Festival 2015, Los Angeles Film Festival 2015, Imagine Science Film Festival 2015, New Orleans Film Festival 2015, Greenhorn Film Festival 2015, Vendome Film Festival (Malta) 2015, Philadelphia Film Festival 2015, Eskisehir Film Festival 2015, Key West Film Festival 2015, Indie Grits Film Festival 2015.
Award: New Orleans Film Festival Winner Animation Jury Award 2015

Kaiju Bunraku

A day in the life of a Husband and a Wife, living in a world of giant monsters.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Mayer\Leyva is artist Jillian Mayer and writer Lucas Leyva. Their collaborations include narrative films, art installations, music videos, experimental theater, episodic content and web projects. Together they help run the Borscht Corporation and the Borscht Film Festival in Miami.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Lucas Leyva & Jillian Mayer
Year:  2017
Length:  13:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival 2017, Fantastic Fest 2017, Glasgow Short Film Festival 2017, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival 2017, Festival de Cinema Fàntastico de Coruña 2017, Montclair Film Festival 2017, Chicago Critics Film Festival 2017, Eastern Oregon Film Festival 2017, Athens International Film+Video Festival 2018, Flatpack Film Festival 2018, Brussels Independent Film Festival 2018.
Award: Fantastic Fest 2017 Special Jury Mention for Biggest Facemelter

BISCAYNE WORLD

An experimental animated documentary based on the insane everyday interactions on Biscayne Boulevard, as seen through the ubiquitous, iconic graffiti eyeballs of street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Michael Arcos, raised in Miami, FL, began his film career editing on VHS and has been exhibiting his work internationally for over a decade.

Marnie Ellen Hertzler (b.1988) is a video artist, animator, and filmmaker living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Her animations and films have screened nationally and internationally in festivals, and as traveling video installations and performances. She currently produces video that act as cinematic platforms for exploration of interpersonal relationships, human connectivity, and interpretive storytelling.

Ahol, whose raw yet instantly recognizable street murals evaporate the divide between high and low art, often jumbles disparate themes from mass media, popular culture and marginalized pockets of society. The South Florida native is best known for his soaring urban murals depicting expansive fields of drowsy eyes, reflecting his unique vision of life, labor and unrequited love of the mean streets of Miami.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Ahol Sniffs Glue, Michael Arcos, and Marnie Ellen
Year:  2015
Length:  11:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015, Gasparilla Short Film Festival 2015, Little Rock Film Festival 2015, Ambulante Film Festival 2015.
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C#CKFIGHT

A deconstructed adaptation of Dante’s Inferno that takes place at a bath salt fueled fighting ring in Miami’s underworld.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Julian Yuri Rodriguez is a writer and director, known for C#ckfight, Poema de esperanza, and Lake Mahar.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Julian Yuri Rodriguez
Year:  2013
Length:  9:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Fantasia Film Festival 2013, Slamdance Film Festival 2014, San Atonio Cinefestival 2014, Belfast Film Festival 2014, New York Horror Film Festival 2014, Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014, New Orleans Film Festival 2013, Key West Film Festival 2013, Fantasia Film Festival 2013, Toulouse Extreme Cinema Festival 2013, Atlanta Buried Alive Festival 2013, Incubate Netherlands 2013, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2018.
Award: San Antonio Cinefestival Winner Short Film Jury 2014, Toulouse Extreme Cinema Festival Winner Short Film Jury Award 2013, Atlanta Buried Alive Festival Winner Short Film Jury Award 2013

Somos Chavalos

An adaptation of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “We Real Cool.”.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Julian Yuri Rodriguez is a writer and director, known for C#ckfight, Poema de esperanza, and Lake Mahar.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Julian Yuri Rodriguez
Year:  2013
Length:  2:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: O, Miami Poetry Festival
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Chlorophyl

The story of a young girl and her fleeting relationship with a scoundrel.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Barry Jenkins is from Miami, Florida. He is a director and writer, known for Moonlight, Medicine for Melancholy, and My Josephine.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Barry Jenkins
Year:  2011
Length:  17:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Borscht Film Festival.
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Glove

The true story of a glove that’s been floating forever in space since 1965.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Bernardo Britto was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and raised in Miami, FL; he studied film at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. His award-winning animated short films The Places Where We Lived (2013) and Yearbook (2014), have screened at more than 100 film festivals; Yearbook (2014) was awarded the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival. – Alexa Lim Haas is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker from New York City. She studied directing and animation at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her practice combines drawing, painting, collage, and moving-image. Glove (2016) is her debut short film.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Bernardo Britto & Alexa Lim Haas
Year:  2016
Length:  5:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival 2016, SXSW Film Festival 2016 (Winner, Animation Jury Prize), Miami International Film Festival 2016, San Francisco International Film Festival 2016, Independent Film Festival Boston 2016, Chicago Critics Film Festival 2016, Seattle International Film Festival 2016, Maryland Film Festival 2016, Sarasota Film Festival 2016, Florida Film Festival 2016, Aspen Film Festival 2016, Fort Myers Film Festival 2016, Dallas International Film Festival 2016, Indie Grits Film Festival 2016, deadCenter Film Festival 2016.
Award: SXSW Grand Jury Award Best Animation 2016, San Francisco Int’l Film Festival Special Jury Prize: Best Animation 2016, Palm Springs International ShortFest Jury Award Best 2016, Milan Film Festival Best Animated Short 2016, Provinvetown Jury Award Best Animated Short 2016.

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