Before showcasing their lineup in January, the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced they will host the world premiere of 11 short films commissioned by The Arts Initiative and curated by Miami-based group Primary Projects at the 31st edition of the festival.
The Arts Initiative is a newly-formed collective dedicated to placing highly interactive visual art in public venues. The Arts Initiative founder Arthur Weiner said that having the films debuting at next year’s MIFF is a stylish way to celebrate both the work and kinship formed by the group of artists.
“Each of the artists in this project have their own way touched Miami,” said Weiner. “I am honored and humbled to see these documentaries debut at the Miami International Film Festival.”
Each of the short films document work created by a group of nationally and internationally renowned artists such as Jim Drain, Cody Hudson, Kenton Parker, Bert Rodriguez and Jen Stark. These artists were commissioned to enhance and rejuvenate Fashions Outlets of Chicago, a newly opened, $250 million, multi-level luxury mall this past summer.
The films are produced by Grela Orihuela and directed by Bill Bilowit, whose film about Rodriguez, “Making Sh*t Up,” made its world premiere the 28th edition of MIFF in 2011.
“Bill Bilowit not only documents the artistic process, he also captures the emotional essence an artist finds in their work,” said MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante.
Bilowit and Orihuela have been in production on the documentary series since June as they capture on film the caliber of artists using their talents to fuse fashion and art in a new and innovative way.