Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

2nd Annual Orlando Hispanic Film Festival

Like movies? Go check out the 2nd Annual Orlando Hispanic Film Festival opening today through the weekend, wrapping up on Sunday. The event is being held at the Premiere Cinemas 14 at Fashion Square and coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

This event is described by the website as a “high energy, high profile event” that provides a “highly desirable platform where independent filmmakers from around the world can showcase their work to industry professionals and the entire Central Florida Community.”

Awards will be presented to the top films in several categories, selected by a committee of Orlando area entertainment professionals, with the exception of the Audience Award, which, you guessed it, is decided by audience kudos. The categories are:

• Best Feature
• Best Short Film
• Best Documentary Feature
• Best Short Documentary
• Best Screenplay
• Best Original Score
• Best Director
• Best Cinematography
• Best Short Animation
• Best Actor Male
• Best Actor Female
• Best Ensemble Cast

Cool stuff, looks like over 50 films will be screened, so should be something for everyone’s tastes.

Pretty Florida Pics (Floridiana Gloriana)

Here’s a nice relaxing way to spend Monday morning…

Via the Flatland Almanack blog comes Floridiana Gloriana, a page devoted to pretty pictures of Florida, minus the tourist stuff.

Some beautiful shots of flowers in Mount Dora, plus a nice cityscape of the City Beautiful itself taken from around Lake Eola. Worth a look, especially if like me, you’re just not ready to get to work yet.

Jeb and his Berry.

Governor Jeb Bush unveiled his portrait at the governor’s mansion in which he included his Blackberry painted in right next to the portrait of his family. There’s nothing wrong with this, yet there’s something not wholly right either.

Enzian Theater: Adult Entertainment

interior.jpgLet me just say, I love the Enzian Theater. My wife and I became members last year and I have been totally digging it. No, I’m not much for the smell of cloves and goth apparel, nor do I think Post Modern Avante Garde German cinema is entertaining. However, I do appreciate getting to see some films you just can’t find in the big theaters.

The last three I’ve seen have been Tsotsi, a spectacular South African film that I had to run out and buy the soundtrack for, Joyeux Noël, an excellent WWI era story based on true events, and A Scanner Darkly, which had some great art direction and a peformance by Robert Downey Jr. that I thought stole the show. What also appeals to me is another aspect of the Enzian that you also just can’t get in the big megaplexes: A quality enjoyable movie going experience.

I go to the regular theaters often enough and I swear, everytime I leave I am just pissed off. People arrive late, they talk through the film, teenagers talk back to the movie itself, and just generally you get the idea that you are the only ones that actually came to the movies to, well… watch the damn movie! And god help you if you actually ask an usher to do their job. No 17 year old skinny kid wants to tell some belligerent grown adult or cute tipsy 20 year old girl they need to settle down or leave, not for minimum wage at least. So basically the assholes have the run of the place and the movie going experience is utter crap. For all you sobbing movie execs, this by the way, not internet piracy, is the reason people go to the movies less. The experience flat out sucks, and for $10 a head none the less.

At the Enzian I can call ahead and reserve a comfortable table with plush armed chairs. I can dine on fairly good food brought to me by wait staff, even good beers in a glass! If people arrive late, they DON’T get in (what a concept.) If you are loud and disruptive, they ask you to leave. To them the experience is as important as the movie, and it pays off in spades for the best movie going experience you will ever have. And the icing on the cake is that cost of the tickets and food is pretty much comparable to what you’d pay at the big theaters for crappier food and a crappier experience.

That’s why I love our Enzian Theater. Another reason to like Orlando.

“The NEA Tapes” movie screening

There will be a screening of the movie “The NEA Tapes” at the University of Central Florida on Friday at 2:30pm. It will be held in the Visual Arts Building rm. 111.

This film discusses how National Endowment for the Arts of 1965 was created, as well as addresses the rising censorship in art. The film presents 54 individuals who have initiated change through various multicultural and demographic areas of art. It is 60 minutes long and it portrays how censorship affects not only the artist, but society at as a whole.

Peter Max in Orlando

The Russell Alexander Art Gallery will be hosting an event titled Peter Max: “Colors of a Better World”, featuring the artist from March 17th to the 19th (Friday through Sunday). The event page doesn’t say if he’ll be signing or talking or just put on display in a glass box. I guess you have to call the gallery for more information.

It’s time to light the lights

Yikes, we almost missed the Orlando Puppet Festival! It’s a celebration of puppet art (apparently, Orlando is a center for puppet artists, thanks to Disney). Among the producers is Jim Henson’s daughter, Heather.

Besides live puppet shows, they have been screening movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal and a new silent horror puppet film, “Harker”. Plus, there is a retrospective of the work of Jerry Juhl, the Muppet writer who died in September.

We missed a bunch of it, but I think we’re going to go to one of the Saturday shows at the Downtown Media Arts Center. At noon, there is “The Jim Henson Company: A Celebration of 50 Years” (a screening of Labyrinth along with some of Jim Henson

Hello and some art goodness!

First off, hello to all! I’m Brian one of the new members of the Orlando Metroblogging team (Is team the right word? Group? Gaggle? Brood? Flock?), anyway for more information on myself just click the “Brian Kirsten” bio under “Bloggers” on the left hand side. And now for some blogging!

Had the chance to visit downtown last night and noticed that Oval is showing an exhibit called Trees!. We peeked through the windows during their setup, it looks like it’s going to be a great show. The exhibit runs from now until August 13th, with a reception on July 21st (Thursday) from 5-10PM.

An exhibition you should not miss

I was unable to attend the opening reception last week, but was able to visit the BFA Exhibition I at the UCF Art Gallery this past Monday. During my three hour visit, several students presented their work, setting forth their artist statement, discussing their approach and technique, as well as what their future plans are in regards to where they see themselves and their work headed.



From drawings rich in line and technique, abstract paintings and photography, to surreal sculptures and life-sized nudes, the graduating BFA students are brimming with talent and vision. I am very glad to have been able to participate and exchange with these fellow artists on what motivates and inspires them, and I

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