The 36th Miami Film Festival
The Florida event plays host to nearly 100 features, with nonfiction making up almost a third of the lineup, which often focuses on Ibero-American work.
Among the world premieres at the fest this year are Billy Corben’s MAGIC CITY HUSTLE
, about local football players who attempt to turn pro in the sport of jai alai; Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson’s SINGULAR
, a portrait of rising jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant; Aaron Glickman’s MIAMI BASEL: ART’S WINTER PLAYGROUND
, on the origins of the influential art event; Lex Gillespie’s THE MAMBONIKS
, about 1950s mambo fanatics who are keeping their passion alive to the present day; Amanda Sans Pantling’s LAST STREET
, focusing on violence interrupters in Jamaica’s dangerous and drug-ridden West Kingston area; and Mark Goodnow’s KENBE FEM: A HAITIAN STORY OF SURVIVAL, UNITY & STRENGTH
, which follows a Haitian-American man’s mission to provide direct aid to earthquake victims in his mother’s homeland.
CHASING THE THUNDER
Other docs screening include: Tyson Conteh, Mungo Benson, and Sam Liebmann’s STANDING AMONG THE LIVING
, a harrowing personal experience of Ebola in Sierra Leone; Cynthia Biestek’s ELIADES OCHOA: FROM CUBA TO THE WORLD
, about one of the founding members of the Buena Vista Social Club; Don Millar’s BOTERO
, on the renowned Colombian artist; Gaspar González’s ERROL FLYNN’S GHOST: HOLLYWOOD IN HAVANA
, tracing the impact of Hollywood film culture in Cuba; Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin’s CHASING THE THUNDER
, which follows environmental activist ship the Sea Shepherd as it attempts to stop an infamous poacher; and Michael Brown’s THE WEIGHT OF WATER
, about a blind adventurer who attempts to kayak down the Grand Canyon’s white water rapids.