The throngs of people that flocked to Wynwood for the Art Basel satellite fairs last week walked around the neighborhood with confidence--relaxed, gazing at the walls, admiring the murals, dancing in the street to DJs, and visiting the cafes, restaurants and food trucks. But the area wasn’t always this inviting.
Thanks to the vision of deep-pocketed developers and the collaboration of gallery owners and artists, Wynwood has established itself as an art hub and one of Miami’s genuinely up-and-coming areas. The neighborhood’s rise is the central plot behind the new mini documentary series “Here Comes the Neighborhood
Produced by Tony Goldman, the New York developer who funded the creation of Wynwood Walls and much of Wynwood's early development, the series chronicles the history of how the gritty industrial neighborhood began to morph into an art center in 2009, and ponders on the area's future.
Independent filmmaker Jenner Furst directs the series. His IMDB page shows that's well versed in telling stories about cities and neighborhoods, having recently worked on the mini series "Brick City,"which focused on efforts to renew Newark, NJ.
The series was launched about a month ago. Watch the trailer here:
Each episode is about five minutes long and incorporates interviews with the street artists that have contributed to the revitalization of the neighborhood.
So far, five episodes have been released, several of which were shown via a projector in the back of Wynwood Walls during the Art Basel satellite fairs last week.
Check out the series website to watch all the episodes.
Open Media Miami is working on a full story about the documentary and its creators.
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