Posted in December 2009

Wet Heat in Italy

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Italian subtitles projected below the screen for our European premiere of “miamiHeights: Hernan Bas”

Thanksgiving night found Wet Heat Project in Florence for the closing night program of films at lo Schermo dell’Arte (Screen of the Arts), among them the European premiere of our new documentary feature miamiHeights: Hernan Bas.

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The festival venue was the Cinema Odeon in Florence.

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The Cinema Odeon, seen here on the festival’s closing night, was built during the renaissance as Palazzo Strozzino, its movie screen and art nouveau decor added in 1922.

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Right-left: the festival’s Director Silvia Lucchesi presents “miamiHeights: Hernan Bas” on closing night, with Producer Grela Orihuela, Director Bill Bilowit, Associate Producer Pablo Pagan

This is the first festival showing of our feature film about artist Hernan Bas’ career liftoff, which premiered at the Brooklyn Museum in New York earlier this year. The lo Schermo dell’Arte film festival specializes in “the crossover in dialogue between cinema and contemporary art.”

Also on closing night screened Ben Lewis’ provocative and illuminating The Great Contemporary Art Bubble,” for us a fitting precursor to Miami’s art fair week which began the day we returned.

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Right-left: the festival’s Public Relations Director Leonardo Bigazzi, “Great Contemporary Art Bubble” Director Ben Lewis, miamiHeights Director Bill Bilowit & Producer Grela Orihuela

The other closing night films were Penelope Maunsell & Kenny Dalsheimer’s film “Bending Space” on artist Georges Rousse’s site-specific multi-disciplinary installations in Durham, North Carolina, and Gerald Fox’s film on the Brazilian conceptual artist “Cildo Meireles.”

The “miamiHeights” DVD is available now. Go to the miamiHeights website to find out how to purchase.

Our next feature film about a career launch of a young artist will be completed in 2011, on the conceptualist Bert Rodriguez.