Miami Film Festival Spotlights National YoungArts Foundation Student Films

Wednesday Apr 25th, 2018

Blog > Miami Film Festival Spotlights National YoungArts Foundation Student Films

YoungArts is thrilled to share our partnership and collaboration with the OUTshine Film Festival spotlighting innovative films from YoungArts alumni during the "Next Generation Artists" program of the festival.
"We're incredibly excited to be able to include filmmakers from the YoungArts program into our festival this year. Creating these types of partnerships and helping to develop the next generation of filmmakers has always been a priority for us." says Executive Director, Victor Gimenez.
YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support. OUTshine’s mission is to inspire, entertain, and educate; encouraging a sense of community through film that offer perspective on the LGBTQ+ experience. Both missions have come together with this presentation of LGBT shorts and our "Transformations" film project in this artistically and culturally diverse program.
“We are excited to partner with OUTshine to showcase YoungArts alumni filmmakers from our 'Transformations' film project as well as individual films as part of a larger LGBTQ community-building movement,” said Carolina García Jayaram, President and CEO of the National YoungArts Foundation. “Partnerships like this are imperative to our commitment to championing our alumni and support them with opportunities throughout their careers.”
"Next Generation Artists" features the following short films:
Variations On Breathing
Director: Jean Carlo Ramirez
How can we embrace our true selves amid an ocean of false social constructs and unconscious biases? Borrowing from Vrijmoet’s “Non-Ordinary Reality” painting series and Le Boeuf's compositions for prepared piano, Variations on Breathing leads the viewer from the deep sleep of unknowing through a physical and moral struggle to free the self. Metaphors for transformation are explored through the lens of Ramirez's immersive maximalist cinematography, improvised movement, the shedding of aqueous skin, and the transition from full immersion in water to surfacing for air.

Directors: Denzel Boyd, Tyler Rabinowitz, and Joseph Webb
In wake of the country’s social and political current events, Hell You Talmbout artfully addresses police violence, racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement through spoken word, tap dance, and most importantly, its impact from the perspective of our youth. The inspirational young dancers of Seattle's Northwest Tap Connection, a social justice-oriented dance studio, come together to confront the inescapable outrage that they feel living in a world plagued with injustices in the Black Community.

Director: Dan Frantz
Tyler, set in present-day New Orleans, tells the story of a young girl who is turning into gold. The transformation triggers a mental conflict and strained self-reflection as the world around her responds to her physical changes.

Solitude, Darkness, Light
Director: Kayla Briet
In a blend of abstraction and realism, Solitude, Darkness, Light explores the confluence of place, time, people and emotions. Contrasting worlds of the future and the past and the still and the moving take the viewer across time in search of a new perspective on the present, as experienced through the lenses of sounds, animation and imagery.

To and From
Director: Kira Bursky
To and From follows three artists who feel trapped in loneliness, isolation and dissatisfaction. By experiencing a severe transformation that’s deeply connected to nature, each character gradually embarks on an inward and outward journey that leads to a united path of growth. The phenomena and power of connection stimulates the protagonists, adds purpose to their existence, and allows them to become a part of something much bigger than themselves.
"Next Generation Artists" debuts on Saturday, April 28th at 2:30 pm at the Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Road). Tickets for the program can be purchased here.