For the ninth year, the Borscht Film Festival is bringing its only-in-Miami events and films to venues all over Miami. Watch the El Viajero satellite take off and launch a special hard drive with 305 gigabytes worth of Miami culture into space. Take a class in the art of Haitian machete fencing. Watch a short film about the love — and inappropriate feelings — between a woman and a computer.
The festival, established in 2004 by New World School of the Arts students, showcases the works of emerging filmmakers who tell stories that are unique to Miami.
Here’s a look at what’s in store.
In Borscht’s first extra-planetary mission, the El Viajero satellite will carry 305 gigs of Miami culture into space on a hard drive that’s supposed to last 2 billion years. After the launch, there will be a presentation of short films, planetarium and laser light shows narrated and scored by local musicians John Hancock III and Kool AD. Anyone wearing space apparel gets free beer.
▪ Where: Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S Miami Ave.
▪ When: Thursday, Dec. 18. Doors open at 7 p.m. Films start at 8:30 p.m. Performances start at 10 p.m.
▪ Cost: Free with the purchase of a Borscht9 ticket. $10 for planetarium performances by Kool AD and John Hancock III.
Papa Machete Short Film Screening and Machete Fencing Master Class
Learn about the art of Haitian machete fencing at a screening of Jonathan David Kane’s short film, Papa Machete. After the screening, take a master class to learn the art of wielding the sharp, deadly object and work up an appetite for a traditional Haitian lunch.
▪ Where: Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter.
▪ When: Friday, Dec. 19 at 1:30 p.m.
▪ Cost: Free with the purchase of a Borscht9 ticket or a $5 suggested donation.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Pet-friendly Outdoor Screening
Bring your pets for a screening of what Borscht calls “the classic 1994 film beloved by Caucasians all over the world.” There will be treats and a special announcement: Ace is getting his own monument.
▪ Where: Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd.
▪ When: Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
▪ Cost: Free for pets and their humans.
Walt Disney has Disney World, but Borscht has the Multiverse. It’s a do-it-yourself sketch of a theme park that explores some of Miami’s crazy realities. There will be food, games and rides as visitors explore the psychedelic town square inspired by the short film Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse, a virtual reality world, an emotional arcade, a weird carnival and an outdoor cinema featuring short films produced by National YoungArts Foundation alumni.
▪ Where: National YoungArts Foundation Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd.
▪ When: Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
▪ Cost: Free. To RSVP, send an email to OTB@youngarts.org.
▪ Where: All films are screened at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd.
▪ When: Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
▪ Cost: $25. For students with ID, $15. For tickets, visit borscht9.org.
Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse
Christopher Bosh, disgraced space prince, and Barfar the Mystic Wolfman battle evil forces.
Kayoz is part of the Flying Angels, an elite group of exotic dancers who perform at King of Diamonds Gentlemen’s Club in Miami. She takes viewers on a journey through her internal life.
Haitian farmer Alfred Avril is one of the last remaining masters of tire machèt, or Haitian machete fencing, a martial art created by Haitian slaves to defeat Napoleon’s armies. Avril bridges his country’s past with its troubled present.
Struggling artists Frank O’Hara and Louise Brooks crash their plane in an unmapped wilderness off the coast of Florida. They discover a universe in which the water is tainted with memory-erasing chemicals and entire populations have had their history books rewritten.
Street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue’s ubiquitous eyeball graffiti tells the story of the crazy interactions on Biscayne Boulevard.