June 2016, Volume 20, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

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'Wind Across the Everglades' featured Burl Ives and Chana Eden.

Blast From the Past

This spring, to the delight of film lovers, the beloved Rewind/Fast Forward Film & Video Festival (REW/FF) was revived by its creator, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives (Wolfson Archives) at MDC. First established in the 1990s, the free festival featured three days of made-in-Miami movies.

“We looked back on Florida’s movie history with this reboot,” said Wolfson Archives Director René Ramos. “Our goal is to introduce new audiences and new media makers to the Wolfson Archives’ collections. The film and video in our vault is a rich resource for producers and a great source of fun for audiences.”

REW/FF 2016 opened with Salesman (1968), an early feature-length work by famed siblings Albert and David Maysles, known for their films Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter and When We Were Kings. The Maysles co-directed Salesman with collaborator Charlotte Zwerin. The black-and-white film follows Bible salesman Paul Brennan and his colleagues, who leave snowy Boston for a sales tour in sunny Miami, where they experience culture shock on several levels.

Other films in the series included Wind Across the Everglades (1958), which pits game warden Walt Murdoch (Christopher Plummer) against a fierce band of bird poachers led by Cottonmouth (Burl Ives), and Gulliver’s Travels (1939), a full-length animated feature produced entirely in Miami. In addition, an informal gathering called “The Miami Moving Picture Meetup” brought together film fans and history buffs. The closing event “Six On 16: South Florida Film Artists 1970s-1990s” featured analog art through a diverse survey of 16mm films created by six South Florida artists, curated by Barron Sherer, artist and principal at Obsolete Media Miami.

The MDC Rewind/Fast Forward Film & Video Festival was presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.

The renowned Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at MDC is an official moving image repository and archives of the state of Florida and is one of the largest institutions of its kind in the United States.

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