Throughout the month of June, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is celebrating film and Miami’s place in the world of film with bus tours, special screenings, film festivals, and discounted movie tickets.
Now in its third year, Miami Film Month is one of the CMCVB’s Temptations programs designed to support local businesses and spread the word about what the city has to offer through special events and promotions. Other successful programs include Miami Spice Restaurant Month, Miami Spa Month, Miami Museum Month, Miami Attractions Month, Miami Romance Month, Shop Miami Month and Miami Live Music Month.
“Miami Film Month allows us to engage the local film community,” said Rolando Aedo, executive vice president of marketing & tourism at the Bureau. “Film is a very important industry for us locally, especially for hotels.”
From hosting more than a dozen film festivals to serving as the backdrop for major motion pictures and fostering young filmmakers, Miami’s presence is growing within the film industry. And so is demand for it.
“Independent movie houses have made a comeback. We find that they play a critical part in making Miami a cultural destination,” Aedo said.
Here are some upcoming events:
Art house cinema
Six local art houses are offering movie tickets for just $8 from June 1-30. Print a coupon for each movie ticket at www.miamifilmmonth.com.
UM’s Bill Cosford Cinema
5030 Brunson Dr., Coral Gables
Coral Gables Cinema
260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
MDC’s Tower Theater
1508 SW Eighth St., Miami
O Cinema- Miami Shores
9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores
90 NW 29th St., Miami
Riding the movies
New this year, Miami Film Month is hosting bus tours that offer a behind-the-scenes look at locations where famous movies were filmed. The tours are paired with special screenings of feature films somehow linked to Miami. For a chance to win tickets for the bus tour/screenings, enter the contest at www.facebook/visitmiami.
Sunday, June 29
11 a.m. – Film tour featuring Jaie Laplante, executive director of the Miami International Film Festival and Jessica Huppert Berman, Two Much post-production coordinator
1 p.m. – Screening of Two Much with Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and Daryl Hannah at Bill Cosford Cinema (free, no ticket required).
In honor of Miami Film Month, the GMCVB also celebrates 16 film festivals that have helped establish Miami as a prime destination for filmmakers and film lovers alike, including the Miami International Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, DocMiami International Film Festival, and Brazilian Film Festival, to name a few.
• The Miami Short Film Festival (Dec. 5 – 12, 2014) will host a special cocktail reception and screening of short films that spotlight important Miami filmmakers starting at 7:30 p.m. June 25 at Paragon Cinemas 13 in Coconut Grove. Tickets are available at www.MiamiFilmMonth.com.
A number of other venues around town are showcasing free movies during Miami Film Month:
The Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables will play Something’s Gotta Give, featuring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, as part of its film series. Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. June 28, and 5 p.m. June 29. Free tickets available at www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Kids can enjoy free movies at the Paragon Theater in Coconut Grove at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through Aug. 14. Seats are limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Films include Epic June 24-26. For more information, visit www.paragontheaters.com.
The Miami Jazz and Film Society will present a free screening of The Heart of the Game, a documentary film about the Roosevelt Roughriders girls basketball team, at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami. For information, visit www.miamijazzsociety.com.
New drive-in for Coconut Grove
While this is not part of Miami Film Month, we couldn’t let it go by without mentioning.
The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In will celebrate its grand re-opening with a new location behind the Coconut Grove Playhouse at 3500 Main Hwy. On tap: Marx Brother's The Cocoanuts (shot in Miami) at 8:45 p.m. July 14, followed by the 1988 cult classic remake The Blob at 10:15 p.m. (part of the drive-in’s “Weird in Miami” series on Monday nights).
Prices range from $8 to $45, depending on the package. Go to http://www.miamiurbandrivein.com/