Posted in July 2009

BALLS IN THE AIR at Locust Projects



July’s Gallery Walk night at Locust Projects was a scene within a scene. Invited to stage a one-night-only event, Wet Heat Project created a back-to-back, two-camera documentary interview studio with each set serving as the background of the other.


From among a steady stream of visitors, all were welcome to sign up for an on-the-spot interview, described as “60 seconds, not 60 Minutes“, with no advance warning of our questions.


After waiting in the green room (and optional touch-ups in the make-up room), a total of 50 spirited on-camera participants kept both interview chairs busy for three hours straight.


The result will be a richly-detailed living snapshot of Miami’s art scene, captured on a hot and humid mid-summer night as one season winds down and a new one ramps up.


The clips will be launched later this year for viewing online as a Special. On July 27, you can go to the BALLS IN THE AIR site on to watch the trailer.


Thanks to the venerable, solicitous and generous Locust Projects and its Executive Director Chana Budgazad and Assistant Director Monica de Miguel, and to event sponsors Budget Video Rental, Design Within Reach (Coral Gables Studio), Bonterra Wine and Grolsch Beer.


And many thanks to our hard-working crew: interviewers Carolina Wong and Alessandra Giordano, DOPs Alex Escarpenter and Ernesto Tescari, ADs Agustina Woodgate, Samara Ash and Kaile Choi, 2nd ADs Dominique Breard and Maria Giustinian, scenic/grip charge Loriel Beltran with Alejandro Contreras and Mike Valdez, PAs Nick Klein, Yasmin Tolentino, Joanna Silver and Elaine Orihuela, make-up artist Mariela Bagnata, still shooter Elizabeth Renfrow, and behind-the-scenes documentarian Eddie Lytton.


And special congratulations to Jason Hedges on his SRO premiere the same night of “Untitled (Judd Caja China)” in Locust Project’s outdoor exhibition space.