CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"AUTEUR EXPLOSION" Blasts Off January 23 at Cinema Paradiso

With the success of the first Auteur Explosion in December 2008, Underlab Studios, an emerging artist movement in South Florida, has teamed up with Fort Lauderdale's historic Cinema Paradiso to establish Auteur Explosion as an ongoing monthly event. Auteur Explosion is designed to showcase the local creative community and the flavor of the South Florida culture.

“There is an abundance of amazing talent in our community and we feel there was a desperate need to provide a means to raise awareness of our local artists.” comments Dawn Dubriel, a local filmmaker and video producer who with her business partner, J Vinazza also a local filmmaker and animator, initiated Auteur Explosion. Talent ranges the gamut of art's genres: filmmakers, singers, songwriters, artists, music producers & engineers, poets, martial artists, renowned DJs, B-Boys, fire-spinners, belly dancers, comedians, clothing lines, power jewelry, and more.

Rick Santese, a South Florida Screenwriter who attended the previous Auteur Explosion is excited about the monthly event. "Utilizing film, performance art and music to create a new collaborative art form, Underlab Studios is an integral part of an exciting new movement in South Florida. Their efforts will help to re-define the South Florida art scene, push through the barriers of apathy in the land of tourists and transients and finally put us on the map as THE place to find cutting edge art and talent in the U.S."

Dubriel and Vinazza became fans of Cinema Paradiso during the 23rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). With its historic past, artsy charm and outside patio it seemed to be the ideal venue for Auteur Explosion. Operated year-round by the FLIFF, the mindset was also right. Hal Axler, Executive Director of FLIFF and Cinema Paradiso, jumped on board at the opportunity to help present Auteur Explosion. “Part of our mission is to support local talent and offering our venue monthly will help to nurture their goals and work.”

Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the city jewel of Cinema Paradiso has the capacity to contain the constant influx of new and local talent to be featured at the monthly Auteur Explosion. Offering over 200 plush stadium-style seats and state-of-the-art sound and projection, the venue also has a large outside courtyard and the facility is equipped for receptions with a full bar, concessions and ample free parking.

Upcoming Auteur Explosion events
Friday, January 23, 2009, 9:30PM- 2:00AM: a night filled with art, music, film, Belly dancing by The Goddess Studio of downtown Hollywood, and Stand-Up Comedy by local comedian, Matt Z.

Friday, February 13, 2009. 9:30PM – 2:00AM: the theme is Valentine's Day Eve Massacre and will present local horror-core style rappers and bands, spooky art by local legends, and frightening films by local filmmakers.
Admission: $5.00

Venue: Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6 Street, downtown Fort Lauderdale just east of the Broward County Courthouse on the south bank of the New River.

For additional information:

Cinema Paradiso or 954-525-3456
The Auteur Explosion, or contact Dawn Dubriel at

Redawn.TV, Underlab Studios, and ULS Media Solutions, Inc. are Independent Video/Film Productions companies that provide local businesses, companies, and artists with Video Production, Animation, Web Design, and Marketing to help make their dreams a reality.

Cinema Paradiso’s History

The present day structure was built in 1947 as The New First Methodist Church, after the original building was destroyed by the 1926 Hurricane. In 1986, actress/director and playwright, Vinette Carroll, the first African-American woman to direct a Broadway Show, renovated the space for stage plays. FLIFF took residency in November 1998 and began presenting independent films by April 1999. They appropriately renamed the theatre after director Giuseppe Tornatore’s acclaimed, Italian film about the celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies …Cinema Paradiso. By 2001 FLIFF was programming the cinema daily with independent films and events.

While maintaining its old world charisma, over the years FLIFF has renovated the building both inside and out through the help and support of The Millennium Club, Entre Nous, and dedicated staff and volunteers.

About Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization dedicated to bringing independent film and cultural events to the South Florida Community at their year-round art-house theatre, Cinema Paradiso, and through outreach programs from Key West to Boca Raton. The Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is almost one month-long and held from mid October to mid November. 2009 will mark FLIFF’s 24th year. The cinematic event features over 200 top films from around the globe, celebrities and film talent, plus nightly parties. or 954-525-3456.
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