11 Documentary Short Films Set to World Premiere at MIFF 2014
MIFF’s 31st edition (March 7-16, 2014) will world premiere 11 short films documenting a project by a group of nationally and internationally renowned artists commissioned by The Arts Initiative and curated by Primary Projects. The 11 documentary shorts will be programmed to individually precede the documentary feature films competing in MIFF’s Knight Documentary Competition program.
The films, also commissioned by The Arts Initiative, are produced by Grela Orihuela and directed by Bill Bilowit of Miami’s Wet Heat Project. Bilowit's feature-length documentary about Bert Rodriguez, Making Sh*t Up, world premiered at MIFF’s 28th edition in 2011.
Each of the 11 films will individually document work created for The Arts Initiative project by artists Daniel Arsham, Bhakti Baxter, Jim Drain, Friendswithyou, Cody Hudson, Alvaro Ilizarbe, Andrew Nigon, Kenton Parker, Bert Rodriguez, Jen Stark and Austyn Weiner.
The 11 contemporary artists were chosen to enrich and enliven Fashion Outlets of Chicago, a newly opened, $250 million, multi-level luxury outlet mall. Since the beginning of June, filmmakers Bilowit and Orihuela have been in production on the documentary series, capturing each of the site-specific, large-scale installations.
The caliber of artists is unusual for a retail center, and Wet Heat Project became involved as the developers of the windy city’s Fashion Outlets sought to fuse fashion and art in a new and innovative way – “artist-driven ideas actively integrated into the architectural framework and viewing space.”
The complete line-up of the 31st Miami International Film Festival will be announced in late January 2014.