Wet Heat Project produces independent and commissioned documentary narrative films about the process and production of artists and art professionals, and develops special exhibitions that place exceptional young artists at influential venues and circumstances. Bill Bilowit and Grela Orihuela established Wet Heat Project LLC in late 2007 in their home-base city of Miami.
Bill Bilowit directs and edits the Project's documentary films and develops special collaborative events and exhibitions.
Bill also consults and provides production and post-production on video artworks including projects with New York-based artists Alex Bag (for ICA Miami) and Josiah McElheny, LA-based Kenton Parker, Berlin-based Alexandra Hopf, Chicago-based Cheryl Pope, and Miami-based artists Jim Drain, Antonia Wright, Loriel Beltran, Timothy Buwalda, Richard Haden, and Jessie Laino. Bill is currently producing films on exhibition artists and talk presentations for the new art museum ICA Miami.
Bill's published articles on video work by artists Alex Da Corte and Lauren Kelley can be seen in Whitewall Magazine, and his profile of Hernan Bas' studio move from Miami to Detroit (including a short documentary film) can be seen in the Art21 blog.
Bill was raised on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village by theatre-career parents. By age 15 he was assistant editing and shooting 16mm documentary camera at historic New York City cultural events including the first Village Halloween Parade and the Bicentennial Day Celebration from atop the World Trade Center north tower in lower Manhattan.
In the late 1970s Bill designed and directed model animation and special effects scenes for the cult movie "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" and for the Saturday Night Live mega-sketch "Attack of the Atomic Lobsters" written by Michael O'Donoghue, featuring all original SNL cast members.
In the 1980s Bill's feature film work included iconic sequel-spawning horror movies such as "C.H.U.D." (production designer), "Sleepaway Camp" (production designer/effects coordinator), and George Romero's "Creepshow" (special scenic effects artist), as well as the Japanese-Canadian award-winning docu-drama "Kenny" (art director) in 1987.
In 1988 Bill founded The Show Works with partner Grela Orihuela, writing and directing more than a hundred marketing and promotional videos for Sony Corporation in Tokyo and Canon USA in New York during their historic transitions from analog to digital technologies.
In 2002 he founded Tareco Pictures with Grela Orihuela and directed feature films "Naked Under Heaven" starring Tim DeKay and "Round Trip" shot in Tokyo and Miami. His short film "Mariquita" has been an invited selection at LGBT film festivals worldwide.
(Photo by Pablo Pagan, Los Angeles)
Grela Orihuela serves as Executive Producer for the Project's documentary films, special events and exhibitions.
As of 2015, Grela is the Director of Art Wynwood, as well as head of Special Projects for Art Miami's eight other art fairs across the country. Grela's curation of multi-artist video programs includes "Between You & Me" in 2014 at Vanity Projects in New York City, "Under My Skin" for NADA Miami Beach 2012, "UpStream" for NADA Hudson 2012, the 8-theatre "Moving" exhibition at the inaugural ArtWynwood Contemporary Art Fair in 2012, the 21-artist "Universal" exhibition at Arte Americas 2012, and the bi-coastal "Electric Wedding" screenings in collaboration with the Los Angeles Art Association in West Hollywood and at the Miami Beach Cinematheque during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011.
In 2011 Grela curated the 32-artist "Home: Dream Home" concept installation show at Praxis International Art in Wynwood (see Art Papers, Miami Herald, ArtLurker and New Times articles), bringing together an historic collaboration among Miami's top galleries and their artists of every discipline, focusing on a single theme, showing under one roof.
Grela is Cuban by birth and grew up in Astoria, Queens. She graduated from the NYU Film School Fine Arts program, and in the early 1980s worked directly for two legendary, iconic men in marketing and promotion: Bloomingdale's fashion director Kal Ruttenstein (coordinating special film productions and fashion events) and rock n'roll impresario Bill Graham (coordinating special events and benefit concerts).
In the mid-1980s Grela's television industry experience included projects as a producer at WABC-TV news, executive producer at Telemundo Network, and an independent producer of Spanish-language broadcast programming.
In the late 1980s she moved from television into corporate media, founding The Show Works with partner Bill Bilowit to produce large-scale global corporate events, entertainment, trade shows, videos and multi-media. She has produced more than a hundred marketing and promotional projects, such as international dealership conferences for Sony Corporation in Paris, Vancouver, Hawaii, Mexico and Los Angeles, with in-venue concerts by music artists such as Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias, and Cyndi Lauper.
In 2002 she founded Tareco Pictures in Miami with Bill Bilowit to produce feature and short films, documentaries, and music videos.
(Photo by Jessie Laino, New York)