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Right to Wynwood’s Guerilla Screening

This is Oria’s old home in which her family and her lived in for over 50 years. In this house, we filmed and interviewed her for Right to Wynwood, the documentary Camila Álvarez and I have been working on. On August 2013, they decided to sell the property and leave the neighborhood of Wynwood. What was once a home, is now deserted, bombed, and under the demolition process.

On December 1st, #RighttoWynwood screened inside this vacant, now graffiti-filled living room which indicates the final stages of the gentrification process. Residents, ex-residents (including Oria and her family), artists, Wynwood lovers, sociologists, etc filled the melancholic space, and shared their opinions and sentiments on the rapid changes taking place in Wynwood along with their effects.

This night reassured every single effort made towards the endless creation of this documentary. It reminded us of our purpose, and gave us a feeling no extrinsic award could possibly offer. Awareness sparks conversation; conversation is eventually followed by action. More conversation is what we need, and so we keep going. Thanks to everyone who was a part of this amazing event.guerillascreening


Right to Wynwood

Our project, “Right to Wynwood” explores the causes and effects of gentrification in Wynwood. Through interviews with developers, gallerists, artists, community leaders, and members of the local Puerto Rican population, we seek to tell the story of how Wynwood went from Miami’s oldest Puerto Rican community to its largest art district, and what that means for the future of the neighborhood. We want people to be aware of the peculiar way in which the neighborhood was gentrified—one of them being the use of street art as a marketing tool. It’s a story about Miami in every way possible, from art to culture to economy to community. Our film is a documentation of a unique part of Miami’s history that just so happens to be in process right now. Though people have been calling Wynwood the ‘Soho of Miami’, we’ve discovered that this simply isn’t true, as gentrification in Wynwood occurred in a completely different way, with entirely different motives.

We’ve also discovered that no one actually knows what really happened, have never heard the word gentrification in their lives, and for the most part are blissfully unaware of what has been going on in their own streets. Many people are exploring Wynwood, but no one is asking any of the questions that we are.

Producer: Camila Álvarez 

Directors: Camila Álvarez  & Natalie Edgar

Director of Photography: Natalie Edgar


Last Shoot for “Right to Wynwood”

Both a little sad and proud today after our last shoot for “Right to Wynwood“, the documentary @camialvarez7 and I have been working on / putting our souls into. It’s felt somewhat like an eternity and yet a quick glimpse at the same time. We’re at the final stages of this project that has led us to understand the complexities and the real story behind Wynwood. Can’t wait to share it with you all !

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University of Miami vs Ohio State TAILGATE

September 17, 2011. Miami, Fl. The Miami Hurricanes went up against No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night. Before the game, fans gathered at Sunlife Stadium to prepare themselves for the highly anticipated game by barbecuing, playing drinking games, and dancing. The Hurricanes victoriously beat the Buckeyes 24-6. 

September 17, 2011. Miami, Fl. UM fan, Joseph Lopez sprays beer on his friends while they cheer for UM during the tailgate at Sunlife Stadium.

 


Movement in SoBe


Rosita’s Abuelita


Feel Good Music

“The Monsters” a production team that first came together two and a half years ago consists of Stefan Johnson (sound engineer), Jordan “Boogie” Johnson (producer), and Alex “Xplicit” Izquierdo (songwriter).  The team is based in Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida. They create songs for pop, hiphop, and r&b artists such as, Ray J, Flo Rida, Mario, TI, Big Sean, etc. Follow the team on twitter: @_THEMONSTERS, @iamxplicit. 

September 9, 2011. Miami, Fl. Stefan mixes SRC/Universal recording artist, Paypa’s debut album “Feel Good Music”. The album is scheduled to release in the beginning of the upcoming year.

September 9, 2011. Miami, Fl. Stefan Johnson mixes “Feel Good Music” a debuting album for SRC/Universal’s artist Paypa. Stefan graduated from The SAE (formerly known as The School of Audio Engineering) in 2007 and immediately began his internship. “I got into this because I knew I could do music every single day, it doesn’t feel like work to me.”

September 9, 2011. Miami, Fl. Stefan discusses future collaborations with the rest of The Monsters, along with songwriter, Clarence Coffee.


Sheets on The Streets– The Great Grove Bed Race

September 4, 2011. Coconut Grove, Miami. Mr. Moes, one of The Groves most popular bars participated in the annual bed race during Labor Day weekend.

September 4, 2011. Cocout Grove, Miami. Participants of the Great Grove Bed Race dress up according to the theme of their mobile bed. The annual block party dates back to over three decades and celebrates with the Pajama Pub Crawl, a parade, and the traditional bed race.

September 4, 2011. Coconut Grove, Miami. Becky Fromm, a participant in the PUFF Dragon Boat Team gets ready for the Great Grove Bed Race. The teams of five consist of one rider and four runners. Each bed must run only by human power, be twin size, and have four wheels.

September 4, 2011. Coconut Grove, Miami. Sandbar, a bar popular to college students in Miami participated in the Great Grove Bed Race. Over ten teams of five people participated in the annual race that took place on Coconut Groves Fuller Street. Each team is judged based on their theme, decor, and speed.

September 4, 2011. Coconut Grove, Miami. The PUFF Dragon Boat team wins the race against the Wells Fargo team. This fundraising event donates to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

Fridays in Little Havana

On the last Friday of the month, the nonprofit organization, Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays Inc, hosts an event in Little Havana, Miami.  The street party consists of live music, art, mojitos, dancing, etc. This Miami neighborhood is known for its festive, cultural blend of art, music, and of course, Cubans.

August 26, 2011, Little Havana, Miami. Aurelio Garcia strategically watches his partner, Ramon Perez while playing dominoes during the monthly event. The famous Domino Plaza is surrounded by art and filled with competitive players like Ramon, "€œWe never fail to come here, it'€™s like our job."

August 26, 2011, Little Havana, Miami. Belly dancing instructor, Anaizh Huma arranges Deborah Zinn'€™s feathered hairpiece before her performance. Cultural Fridays/Viernes Culturales is famous for its performances, live music, and cuban food during their monthly event.

August 26, 2011, Little Havana, Miami. Gerardo Ortega lights his cigar during the street party in Little Havana.

August 26, 2011, Little Havana, Miami. Mariangela Varriale, a tourist from Italy, tries on a bracelet from a vendor at Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays. The monthly event invites different vendors and artists to sell their work.


Fireflies

Here I am, once again on another airplane. This time I’m headed towards a completely different direction: Central America. I was granted the opportunity to spend two months in Spain studying, traveling, and documenting of course. I’ve hopped aboard a different voyage now. This one won’t be surrounded by thousand year old basilicas or flower-filled balconies, though. There will be dirt roads, jocote trees and best of all, 34 bright smiles.  It’s my third summer going to Chacraseca, Nicaragua, I guess you can say that something about this country and its people sucked me right in.

With only two years of official existence, Imagination Federation has come a long way. This year alone, our non-profit organization raised over 20,000 dollars for Tengo Un Sueño and Escuela para los Niños. Both projects are geared towards the education of young people in Chacraseca. Tengo Un Sueño is dedicated to fund a 17 year education for 34 elementary school students known as The Dreamers.

With the help of volunteers, passionate leaders in Miami and Chacraseca, and generous donations, we were able to have an extremely successful year. We not only stay committed to our dreams in order to bring change to the Chacraseca community, but we also do it for ourselves. These trips create great shifts within us, remind us of our essence as human beings, and create a spark that continuously lights up, just like the fireflies that will surround us there.

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Mounting of La Tierra Prometida

Alicante celebrates its biggest and most important annual festival ¨Hogueras de San Juan¨ on June 23rd and 24th. The cultural event, ¨Bonfires of Saint John¨ consists of musical performances, bull fights, food contests, and most importantly, hogueras. Hogueras are enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Despite the fact that hogueras take up to year to create, they are all burnt the night of the 24th, the longest day of the year. According to the residents, burning the hogueras during the summer solstice represents cleansing the city from negativity.  There are 6 categories, and over 90 hogueras all around the city of Alicante.

Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The crowd in City Hall stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo Ramos stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. Rafa Gomez Fonseca hugs his brother after the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.


Hogueras Preparations,

Alicante, Spain. June 19, 2011. Children walk in El Barrio, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Alicante with a model of an Hoguera. Days before the festival officially begins residents walk around with costumes and masks and other preparations for the festival.


Hogueras de Ceramica

Alicante celebrates its biggest and most important annual festival ¨Hogueras de San Juan¨ on June 23rd and 24th. The cultural event, ¨Bonfires of Saint John¨ consists of musical performances, bull fights, food contests, and most importantly, hogueras. Hogueras are enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Despite the fact that hogueras take up to year to create, they are all burnt the night of the 24th, the longest day of the year. According to the residents, burning the hogueras during the summer solstice represents cleansing the city from negativity.  There are 6 categories, and over 90 hogueras all around the city of Alicante. For more photos of The Hoguera de Ceramica visit: https://natalieedgar.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/the-making-of-hogueras/

Alicante, Spain June 20, 2011. Noelia and other artists works on the finishing touches for the Hoguera de Ceramica. This hoguera was the winner in the “Special Hogueras” category. The prize is part monetary, but according to the workers “Its beyond the money and prize, we just want to be acknowledged for our beautiful art piece.”

Alicante, Spain June 20, 2011 The Hoguera de Ceramica was the winner in the “Special Hogueras” category. The prize is part monetary, but according to the workers “Its beyond the money and prize, we just want to be acknowledged for our beautiful art piece.”


Marta Bernabeu


Night Photography in Playa de San Joan

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. Ines Herrera, a night photographer and professor at Ciudad de la Luz, sets up a shoot with another photographer to show students bulb techniques and night time photography.

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. The night photography class led by Professor Ines Herrera took place in Playa de San Joan from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The moon´s reflection and light worked as creative tools for our photos.

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. Ines Herrera, a night photographer and professor at Ciudad de la Luz, sets up a shoot with another photographer to show students bulb techniques and night time photography.


Cristina and Sandra

Sandra Ferrándiz Espartal is a singer for the band, La Espartera. Their music doesn´t fall into one category, but is a combination of funk, soul, blues, reggae, and most importantly, Flamenco.

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. Cristina Cánovas, a Flamenco and Belly dancer currently living in Murcia is also a strong advocate and leader of M-15: A youth movement pacifically fighting against Spain´s current political and social system. ¨We have to educate our own people about the situation, otherwise things will stay the same here.¨ The unemployment rate has peaked at about 21% for the general population of Spain, but is even higher for young citizens, reaching roughly 43%.


Primera Mascletà de les Fogueres 2011

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. A week before Les Fogueras: Alicante´s largest and most celebrated festival, the town gathers for Mascletàs. The 5-7 minute shows consists of rhythmic sounds made with gunpowder and fireworks. The entire week is celebrated with Mascletàs in various squares of the city, each one directed by a different engineer.

 

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. A week before Les Fogueras: Alicante´s largest and most celebrated festival, the town gathers for Mascletàs. The 5-7 minute shows consists of rhythmic sounds made with gunpowder and fireworks. The entire week is celebrated with Mascletàs in various squares of the city, each one directed by a different engineer.


Alicante, Spain. June 17, 2011. Make up artist Marisa Ceba helps Shady Nicolas Misaghi get ready for her last Flamenco performance as a student at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Jose Espadero de Alicante. ¨It´s by far the best and most elite dance school in Alicante,¨ explained Marisa. Shady will continue to pursue her career as a Flamenco dancer in France for 3 months and then plans to go to Madrid. ¨The only time I´m fully at peace is when I´m on stage.¨

 

Alicante, Spain. June 17, 2011. The Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Jose Espadero de Alicante hosts their final annual dance show at the Teatro Principal de Alicante. Flamenco originated in Southern Spain during the 18th century and is known as Spain´s genre of music and dance. The three main components in Flamenco are the guitar, the dance, and the song.

 

Alicante, Spain. June 17, 2011. The Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Jose Espadero de Alicante hosts their final annual dance show at the Teatro Principal de Alicante. The Spanish architect Emilio Jover Perrón began building the theater in 1905.


Mauricio


Granada

Granada, Andalucia, Spain. June 11, 2011. Many poets and artists say to get inspiration around the Albayzin, an antique area in Granada with ancient Moorish architecture and landscapes. The narrow streets are filled with Spanish and Arabic shops and cafes.