The Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive is a treasure trove of historical and documentary footage for filmmakers. A very unique festival, now in its fifth year, explores the depth and breadth of moving image production. Presented by Archive, the fifth Rewind/Fast Forward Film & Video Festival will be held from July 28-30 at the Colony Theater on Miami Beach.
The first such festival of its kind in the country, Rewind/Fast Forward explores all facets of documentary filmmaking, film and video preservation, film and television history, and the use of archival images in new productions, including many that utilize footage from the Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive.
This acclaimed three-day festival, the only one of its kind in the country, is a whirlwind combination of premieres, screenings, seminars, and other special events. Capturing the spirit of Rewind/Fast Forward’s broad sweep is Clips & Conversation on SUNDAY, JULY 30, 5pm with filmmaker Billy Corben and producer Alfred Spellman about their documentary“Cocaine Cowboys”, which reveals the amoral bumptiousness of the Miami Vice era, offering a raucous look at Miami’s cocaine trafficking, fusing solid reporting with an evocative soundtrack.
Other films include the world premeirs of “Tell Me Cuba”, SATURDAY, JULY 29, 9pm, a documentary by Megan Williams that sets out to unravel the complexities behind the 40-year old embargo and on SUNDAY, JULY 30 is the documentary by University of Miami graduates Chad Tingle and Marlon Johnson’s “A Sense of Place: West Grove”, which chronicles the dramatic changes of the Bahamian immigrant neighborhood, the West Grove, when it meets head on big development and rising real estate prices that threaten to displace and forever change the face of this community.
Other films include a restored Technicolor print of “Funny Girl”, starring Barbra Streisand on FRIDAY, JULY 28 ; “I Just Wanted To Be Somebody”, by Jay Rosenblatt, part documentary/ part poem that reflects on Anita Bryant’s life and the impact she had on the religious right and the gay liberation movement and the world premiere of Mark Boswell’s “The St. Petersburg Paradox” both on SATURDAY, JULY 29.
All of the films and programs either incorporate archival images from the Archive and or explore Florida or archival themes. Among the award winning filmmakers who have attended past festivals screening their most recent works, are Bill Morrison (Two from the Bells); Robert Stone, (Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst); and Shola Lynch (Chisolm '72).
The last Rewind/Fast Forward Film & Video Festival featured a live sound and video tribute to John Cage; a rare 3-D screening of "It Came From Outer Space" and live musical accompaniment to some of the earliest silent films made in Florida.
The Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive's mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible film and video materials made in or about Florida which reflect the history and culture of this region. An invaluable resource for researchers, film and video
producers and the general public, the Florida Moving Image Archive provides a year-round screening and seminar program featuring materials from our collection and other archives throughout the nation and abroad.
For more information about the Festival, the Archive, or to be placed on our mailing list for upcoming activities, please call (305) 375-1505 or visit www.rewindfastforward.org.