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What are you supporting this week?
THIRD HORIZON FILM FESTIVAL! I truly cannot emphasize enough how great this local film fest — which showcases new films and filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora — is. While I’m hoping to do some formal journalistic coverage of the fest myself, I’m also looking forward to sitting back and enjoying some of its offerings virtually. I’d encourage all Miamians with a passion for cinema to do the same.
Third Horizon screened several of its features around town over the weekend — including Liborio, She Paradise, and Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes at the Nite Owl Drive-In along with Stateless at the Perez Art Museum Miami — but you can still catch several of these flicks from the comfort of your home. Be sure to check out the THFF website's schedule for more details to start mapping out your movie itinerary — you have until July 1st to watch things! Hop to it!
What’s your favorite piece that you wrote recently?
I’d like to take a moment to highlight not only myself, but one of the best shows currently streaming on HBO Max that you may have missed out on: Veneno. It’s an excellent series about Cristina “La Veneno” Ortiz Rodriguez, a trans woman who worked as a Spanish television personality, and I can comfortably say it’s one of the best examples of a queer biopic done right.
I was lucky enough to interview one of the stars of the show, Lola Rodriguez, for the online LGBTQ+ outlet them. Rodriguez plays Valeria Vegas — the author of Cristina’s biography ¡Digo! Ni puta ni santa. Las memorias de La Veneno — on the show, and I spoke to her in commemoration of her inclusion with the website’s Now List 2021. We spoke about her experience as a trans performer and her journey towards finding her breakthrough role.
What are you up to this week?
Honestly, I’m just trying to close out Pride month with some cool queer stuff. I’ve missed spending time with other queers, so I’ve been bouncing back-and-forth between bingo at Hotel Gaythering (where I informed everyone that RuPaul fracks, much to everyone’s surprise) and enjoying Double Stubble at Gramps.
And even if you missed out on PAMM’s Pride Month on Film series (which featured excellent film choices that you should seek out on your own), there are still Pride Tours taking place all the way through September.
What Miami Instagram account should everybody follow?
Although it’s under tragic circumstances, the Miami Herald has done a great job of using its IG page to share updates on the Surfside condo collapse as the situation develops.
What are you listening to this week?
Sparks! You know, I’d heard some Sparks songs in the past, so this isn’t necessarily a new thing, but since I watched Edgar Wright’s pretty decent documentary (it didn’t need to be more than two hours long with so many talking heads!) about the band at Sunset Place this past week, I’ve been on a roll exploring the duo’s deep discography. While everyone recommended Kimono My House and Angst in My Pants, I’ve found myself most enamored with No. 1 in Heaven, Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins, and Lil’ Beethoven.
You can still catch Wright’s doc, The Sparks Brothers, playing in town this week if you’re interested in learning more about the band.