The June edition of I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. has been one for the Indie Film Club Miami history books; with three directors returning from last month, one reclaiming the audience award, a fabulously talented band and a comedian who had me laughing at his jokes even AFTER the night was over, I can hardly wait to see what this group has in store for the future
Director Juan Orta makes Indie Film Club history by winning audience award for the second month in a row
Last month we saw director Juan Orta win the crowd favorite with his comedic thriller DAPS. This month he returned to reclaim his title with another thriller called Wireless, in which a man’s sanity is challenged after he is constantly woken up by a phone ring in the middle of the night, only its not any phone in his house.
After speaking with Juan, he revealed that the project took two years to complete. He initially began the project to submit to an upcoming contest, but with scheduling conflicts and difficulty gathering all the necessary hands at one time, he realized that he wasn’t going to make the film he wanted to before the submission deadline. Over the next two years he worked tireless in his spare time from his day-job to complete his vision, and to be sure that what he put up on the big screen reflected his vision. He debuted his film for the first time at NOLA, and was relieved to know all his hard work paid off. We can all learn a little something from Juan and his crew for Wireless; create a vision for yourself, and do whatever it takes to get there.
In addition to the audience award, Juan also took home the award for Best Editor for his exceptional work on the film. A huge congratulations to Juan Orta!
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Best Screenplay: Abdul Khawj with The Love Theorem
Abdul Khawj is another returning writer/director from last month, and his quirky rom-com The Love Theorem has snagged him the Best Screenplay award for the second month in a row. The film surrounds the story of Adam, a theoretical physicist and boyfriend, who tries to salvage the situation with his rightfully upset girlfriend, and Einstein comes to his rescue.
The Love Theorem is a playful and imaginative testament to the (often) male perspective of modern-day relationships. Adapted from a short story, Khawj puts his own spin on the characters and dialogue. With a mix of trivial couple’s quarrels, a little imagination, and Woody Allen-inspired wit, this film truly evokes how the laws of love don’t abide by any concrete rules– except that the lady is always right.
When asked about the story, Abdul said, “I wanted to take the most rational thing, and smash it against the most irrational thing, and that was love and science.”
I think we can all relate to that statement.
Abdul’s films consistently reveal a unique style, interesting characters, and perplexing plots, and we are all waiting to see what he comes up with next.
Best Cinematography: Carlos Andres Cuervo for Goon: Directed by David de la Fe
David de la Fe, the third returning director from May’s edition of NOLA, took home the best cinematography award on behalf of his DP, Carlos Andres Cuervo, for his film Goon.
De la Fe adapted the story from the play by the Australian playwright Pete Malicki. He wrote, directed, produced, edited, and starred in the film (WOAH) — not to mention pulled off an Australian accent throughout the film (although he admits there are hints of a Liverpool accent).
The film was shot at the abandoned Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne; the light of magic hour illuminates the graffiti covering the entire arena throughout the film, and is a real treat to watch on the big screen. Overall, Goon was an accomplishment across the board!
Best Actress: Gabriela Rivero in Fragments. Directed by Yuliana Arau
Yuliana Arau took home the prize for Best Actress on behalf of Gabriela Rivero, who starred in her film Fragments. The film follows Angela’s struggle to find forgiveness when at a young age she realizes that her parents are living a lie. Rivero takes on the role of Angela’s mother; with her warm and nurturing demeanor, she reminds one of the classic idea of a matriarch, but even more so when it comes time to reveal what she truly had to sacrifice for her daughter.
Yuliana wrote and directed Fragments as a film student. She drew her inspiration from her own experiences at family gatherings, where what were supposed to be joyous occasions were often filled with moments of tension.
Best Actor: Anton Simon in The Actor. Directed by Michele Gianelli
Anton Simon plays Stanley Turner in The Actor, written and directed by Michele Gianelli. Stanley, a former successful child star, can’t seem to get parts as an adult actor no matter how hard he tries. Frustrated, he decides to take the advice from his unorthodox talent agent, Danny Goldman, who helps him find the key to landing parts on films. He soon loses touch as the lines between acting and reality become increasingly blurred as he heads towards a very dark tunnel trying to make his way to acting career success.
Gianelli was inspired to write this film after her experiences working in the film industry in L.A., and the mistreatment of many actors by their agents.
I got to speak with Simon briefly after the event, and he revealed that his acting career only began a few years ago. After getting a part as an extra, he fell in love with the film world and production process. The Actor is one of his first starring roles, and I’m sure there is much more to come from him in the years to come.
Off Orbit Performs Opening Act
Founded by brothers Moises (vocals, bass, keys, harmonica) and Marcos Jimenez (lead guitar), Off Orbit‘s sound is very accurately self-described as a “musical comet traveling from the galaxy of vintage 60′s and 70′s psychedelic rock with a mix of blues, funk and folk into the present age of alternative and experimental music.” Though born in the ’90s, I somehow felt an overwhelming wave of nostalgia for the days of Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, and even a little Van Morrison. This duo was a real treat to see live, and we are all waiting to see what they do next!
The Comedic Stylings of Daniel Reskin
Daniel Reskin is a young local comic who is already making a name for himself in the native scene. He was named the Best Local Comic in Miami, has showcased the past three years at the South Beach Comedy Festival, writes articles for the New Times, hosts his own podcast, acts in film and commercials, voice over, drawing, and anything else that will keep him from retuning to waiting tables.
I admit, it’s easy to make me laugh, but hard for me to remember a joke — unless it’s really good. Daniel Reskin had me laughing throughout the entire skit, poking fun about things that are all too true about Heat fans, his “jew fro”, and “Miami time”. In fact, I’m chuckling right now.