Category Archives: FYI

Comic Weekend at the O-Cinema – 2012

This past weekend was hopefully the First Annual Comic Weekend at the O-Cinema.

Kareem Tabsch and Vivian Marthell did an excellent job staging a great event for everyone involved.  The weekend had multiple screenings of With Great Power…The Stan Lee Story and Comic-Con Episode IV:  A Fan’s Hope, as well as Batman (1989), Superman II, and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The Tim Burton Batmobile was on hand, as well as many Cosplay participants–with the winner of best costume winning 75 Years of DC Comics from Taschen (a great book which I own, but did not win).  Also on hand was David Sexton, former Marvel writer of the Mystic Arcana series involving Magik, The Scarlett Witch, and The Black Knight; William Lawrence Hess, one of the directors of With Great Power…The Stan Lee Story; Jaie Laplante, Executive Director of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF); and Billy Corban, director of Cocaine Cowboys and The U.

Scroll below for some of the photos, and stay tuned for the upcoming reviews.

Front Page of the Tropical Life Section of The Miami Herald by Rene Rodriguez

1989 Tim Burton Batmobile

Kareem Tabsch & David Sexton

Batman Themed Cosplay

Top Prize for Best Costume

2012 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) – What I am going to.

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The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival starts Friday, and I will be attending quite a few films.  I am Co-Chair of the Program Committee and we did a great job of putting together a really strong program.  It’s always interesting with group dynamics and what people do and do not like.  I am also especially proud that my husband has his world premiere for his documentary, Unfit:  Ward vs. Ward, at the festival–I recused myself from any discussion of its acceptance.  Even prouder that he will be in Boston in May and another festival–they have not released their program–after.

Below are the films we will definitely by attending, and a few I am going to try my best to make:

April 27th, Opening Night


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April 29th

Seventh Gay-Adventists

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Men to Kiss

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April 30th

Unfit:  Ward vs. Ward

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May 2nd, Centerpiece

Naked As We Came

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May 3rd

Men’s Shorts Program

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I will take full credit for the Shorts Program, and I am especially curious to see how one short in particular will do with the crowd.

May 4th

Elliot Loves

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May 5th, Closing

North Sea, Texas

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May 6th

Jobriath A.D.

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That’s nine definite “Yes” viewings.  Below are others I am going to try my best to make:

The Adored

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Mosquita y Mari

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MGLFF also shows at excellent venues:  The Colony Theatre, Regal South Beach, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Coral Gables Art Cinema, The Wolfsonian, and the Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami International Film Festival – Venues

As I said yesterday, one of the great things about the Miami International Film Festival is its use of the many venues in and around Miami and Miami Beach.  Below is the listing of the venues with at least one interior and exterior shot, and my opinion of it–if I have one.  The listing is in alphabetic order.  Also, I focused on a few of these locations in my Art House post from way back when.

Colony Theatre (Miami Beach)

Corner of Lincoln Road & Lennox Avenue

I’ve been to a few things at The Colony.  Before or after the show you can grab a drink and a quick bite to eat at Segafredo’s.  It’s one block away from the Regal South Beach.

Coral Gables Are Cinema (Coral Gables)

On Aragon Avenue across the sheet from Books & Books

There is plenty of parking since it is located in a Parking Garage.  It’s easy to miss because the City of Coral Gables does not allow them to put up any permanent signage on the building.

Festival Village Stages (Miami Beach)

1111 Lincoln Road-The coolest garage in the City

From the MIFF website, I believe they are talking about 1111 Lincoln Road for the Festival Village Stages.  But it may be an actual stage they move around on Lincoln Road in front of the garage.  This is in front of Regal South Beach on the other side of Lincoln Road Mall.

Freedom Tower (Miami)

The Ellis Island for quite a few Cubans during the 60s–my Family not included.

They’ll be using the Freedom Tower for seminars and parties.  I’m not sure if they are going to use the above interior, or the larger back area which was the old Printing Press for the “Miami News” paper.

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (Miami)

The Gusman is where they show all the films with big names attached that are going to be at the Festival.  These few photos do not do it justice.  I’m going to reblog a post from “Little Beach Bum” who has many photos and a brief history of the facility in her blog.  On a side note, this is where my High School Graduation was.

Miami Beach Cinematheque (Miami Beach)

1st Floor inside the Old City Hall on Washington Avenue & 12th Street

After the recent renovation

The Cinematheque use to be in a make-shitt facility in the lobby of a hotel with folding chairs.  Their recent move is a great improvement.

O-Cinema (Miami)

Recently repainted exterior (which they do fairly often)

They are going to be almost doubling their seating soon.

Kareem and Vivian, the Owners, do am excellent job with programing.  I saw “Troll Hunter” there.

Regal South Beach (Miami Beach)

Corner of Lincoln Road & Alton Road

One of the smaller theatres.

Regal South Beach is the local multiplex on the Beach.  They do a great job hosting the many different film festivals in South Florida, as well as programing smaller independent films.  This is where the bulk of the festival screenings will occur.

The Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building (Miami)

This is where the opening night party will be held.  On a “too much information” note:  the Ground Floor Men’s Room have pedal flush urinals.

The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (Miami)

This is in the Wynwood Section of Miami, just North of Downtown.  It’s gritty, dirty, and full of many art galleries.  They are going to use this facility for two Director Seminars.

Tower Theatre (Miami)

In Little Havana (8th Street–Calle Ocho–just West of Downtown)

 It’s always a fun mixture of people when the audience exits and mixes with the locals.  There is a domino park right next door.

Villa 221 (Miami)

Just West of Biscayne Blvd on 22nd Street (maybe 21st)

Back Yard

They are going to have performance artist one night for a party.

Wynwood Walls (Miami)

The festival will be screening more shorts at this location.

I hope you enjoyed.

Miami International Film Festival – What I am going to.

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The Miami International Film Festival starts this week, and me and my better half will be going to ten films–which is a record for us.  Below are the films we’ll be watching and I will be reviewing:

March 2nd, Opening Night

Mariachi Gringo

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March 4th

Unfinished Spaces

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March 5th

The Diary of Preston Plummer

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March 6th

The Imposter

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March 7th

The Perfect Family

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March 8th

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

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March 10th

Born & Raised

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March 11th


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Besides the films, the great thing about MIFF is it uses just about every theatre in the area:  Colony Theatre, The Coral Gables Art Cinema, Festival Village Stages, Freedom Tower, The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Beach Cinematheque, O Cinema, Regal South Beach Cinemas; The Historic Alfred I DuPont Building, The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, Tower Theatre, and Villa 221.  The crown jewel is the Gusman; a classic and restored movie palace–photos will be posted tomorrow.

Where Have I Been and How Did I Do?

I’ve been neglecting my reviews, but for good reason.

My second (unpaid) job is Co-Chair of the Program Committee for a local film festival in Miami.  Last week was the deadline for submissions, and we are in a time crunch to finalize the Program so we can lock down the films and go to press.  With the exception of this past Sunday, literally all of my free time has been sent screening shorts, docs, and features, and imputing the rating sheets into the master spreadsheet from the other committee members.  I’m looking forward to this Thursday and the weekend when we finalize our dream schedule.

The fun part of the scheduling process is going to be when the different committee members–myself included–have to go to bat for certain films because there are only so many slots.  I definitely have my favorites that other members do not agree with.

Look for a multi-part series I am going to entitle “How to get your Film into a Film Festival” in the upcoming weeks.

Switching subjects, I watched an advanced screening of “John Carter” on the 22nd.  All I will say for now is Disney is doing a poor job of marketing the film.  As for my review, look for it March 8th.

Switching subjects one last time, I got 17 out of 24–though I think I posted 15/24 on my Facebook page–last night at my Oscar Party and won the pool.  I was very happy.