Making Miami Cooler, One Movie at a Time
September 5, 2017
There are many ways to capture Miami’s creative magic. Venturing out of your home on an exhibit’s opening night, pulling the trigger on some concert tickets, even sharing songs by local musicians help spread the word that our city is brimming with talent and prowess. What Knight Foundation and its subsequent Knight Arts Challenge have been able to do is capture the endless amount of vision kept within Miami’s film scene by supporting many of the city’s cinema collectives, independent theaters, and even film projects throughout the past decade. Check out some of their highlights below:
The KAC support has spanned arthouses and cinemas all around the city. Coral Gables Art Cinema in the heart of The City Beautiful has been serving as the foremost destination for independent and international films in the area. O Cinema, with its multiple locations around the city, provides a great clash of art and film under one roof. The Screening Room is both entertainment and education, with workshops and lectures plus of course, a wide variety of screenings.
Of course film festivals are also a necessary platform for locals to interact with cinema both near and far. The KAC is behind supporting big name festivals like the Miami Film Festival, playing a large role in aiding their fund throughout the year. Among the more cutting edge festivals to live in our city, Borscht is at the top of everyone’s list, working with envelope-pushing creatives and artists for immersive experiences beyond the usual Q&A. Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival which launches its second year on September 28th, offers a curated lineup of the best in film from the Caribbean and its diaspora. N8tive Reel Film Festival is the only festival in South Florida that honors the art and culture of Indigenous and Native American artists, filmmakers, and musicians. And New Methods/ Nollywood was a festival geared to expose South Florida audiences to global art centers through a film festival focused on cinema in Nigeria, home to one of the largest film industries in the world.
Series & Collectives
Many of Miami’s film buffs wouldn’t know where to go or what to see without the army of collectives supported by the KAC to show them where to start. People like Secret Celluloid Society have been popping up for midnight showings of some of the most influential pop-culture films and cult classics at independent theaters around town. To foster a deeper appreciation for cinema through a series of conversations on the art of filmmaking led by local and visiting film critics, KAC supported the Speaking in Cinema Series at the Miami Beach Cinematheque as well as its Interactive Archive project. AdHoc Cinema is a community-based academic program, staged as an ongoing curated film series, dedicated to engaging the community with thought-provoking, award-winning films of critical, creative, and historical merit. They grant-funded the Black Lounge Film Series to bring the excellence of African-diaspora cinema to Overtown through a new monthly film series showcasing the black experience from around the world.
They took it even further to ensure that Miami’s film future is solidified for generations to come by coming in to fund several of our city’s leading educational institutes and platforms. One of the main destinations is the Downtown Media Center, the home for another KAC supported educational outlet, Filmgate Miami. Coral Morphologic, a long-time collaborator of several local film outlets like Borscht Film Festival, features artwork that is informed by a scientific mission to document, aquaculture, and protect Miami’s coral.