90 Northwest 29th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Through their production company rakontur, Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben have been telling uniquely Florida stories to the world for a decade. In honor of their 10 year anniversary, O Cinema is celebrating their ouevre with a retrospective of their four Florida-based films. Each evening will include a pre-film reception with food trucks and cash bars, and each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with interview subjects and local personalities. The week’s festivities will culminate with a conversation with the filmmakers about their body of work and never-before-seen clips from some of their upcoming films.
Doors will open at 6:30pm nightly. Film screenings will commence at 7:30pm. Panel discussions immediately after film. Click below for tickets and for the schedule of events and panels…
Monday, March 26th
Raw Deal is one of the most exposing and controversial documentaries about rape and fraternity life, a remarkable exposé on the contested rape of 27-year-old Lisa Gier King in Gainesville, Florida. On Friday, February 26, 1999, Delta Chi frat brothers at the University of Florida held a party at their fraternity house and hired exotic dancer Lisa Gier King to perform. The following morning, a half-naked and distraught King ran from the house, claiming that Michael Yarhaus had raped her. Her most startling allegation was that frat brotherTony Marzullo had videotaped the crime. Two days later, King herself was arrested for filing a false police report after authorities claimed the rape showed “clearly willing and consensual sex.”Filmmaker Billy Corben takes Smith’s challenge and presents the scandalizing, sexually explicit footage alongside interviews of participants involved with the case to conduct an investigation the police never did. The result is a shocking insight on fraternity life and the politically constructed nature of “the truth.”
Tuesday, March 27th
Cocaine Cowboys Cast Reunion
For the first time ever, the cast of the original Cocaine Cowboys assembles for a night of clips and Q&A — featuring never-before-seen footage from the upcoming Cocaine Cowboys Remix. The cocaine trade of the 70s and 80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world’s most glamorous hot spots, the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed byColombia’s Medellin cartel. By the early 80s, Miami’s tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country, for which a Time cover story dubbed the city “Paradise Lost.”Cocaine Cowboys paints a dazzling portrait of a cultural explosion that still echoes as Hollywood myth. Composer of the original “Miami Vice” theme, Jan Hammer, provides the score.
Special Guests: Edna Buchanan, Al Sunshine, Nelson Andreu, Mickey Munday, Raul Diaz, & Sam Burstyn will participate in a special panel & interactive screening.
Wednesday, March 28th
ESPN 30 For 30 The U: Extended Cut
Throughout the 1980s, Miami, Florida, was at the center of a racial and cultural shift taking place throughout the country. Overwhelmed by riots and tensions, Miami was a city in flux, and the University of Miami football team served as a microcosm for this evolution. The image of the predominantly white university was forever changed when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest ghettos in Florida to recruit mostly black players for his team. With a newly branded swagger, inspired and fueled by the quickly growing local Miami hip hop culture, these Hurricanes took on larger-than-life personalities and won four national titles between 1983 and 1991. Filmmaker Billy Corben, a Miami native and University of Miami alum, will tell the story of how these “Bad Boys” of football changed the attitude of the game they played, and how this serene campus was transformed into The U. The Extended Cut features 20 minutes of footage not seen on ESPN.
Preceded by: The Life & Freaky Times of Uncle Luke – official selection of 2012 Sundance Film festival
Special Guests: Luther Campbell & former Hurricane Players
Thursday, March 29th
In 1979, the US Customs Service reported that 87% of all marijuana seizures in the US were made in the South Florida area. Due to the region’s 5,000 miles of coast and coastal waterways and close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America, South Florida was a pot smuggler’s paradise. In sharp contrast to the brazenly violent cocaine cowboys of the 1980′s, Miami’s marijuana smugglers were cooler, calmer, and for the most part, nonviolent. Square Grouper paints a vivid portrait of Miami’s pot smuggling culture in the 1970s and 1980s through three of the city’s most colorful stories.
Special Guests: Robert Platshorn, Mark Potter, Clifton Middleton, & more
Friday, March 30th
A Conversation with Billy Corben & Alfred Spellman
Hosted by CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede
A friendship that started at Highland Oaks Middle School in 1992 has flourished into one of the most successful filmmaking partnerships in the documentary genre. Join us for a special evening where Corben and Spellman discuss their collaboration and body of work. Listen to the behind the scene stories of how their hugely popular films were made, hear about new projects in the works, and see never-before-seen clips from their upcoming documentaries.