Borscht is a nonprofit with the simple mission to forge Miami’s cinematic identity. We think our city is more interesting than the way it is usually depicted in movies, so we make our own films that tell unique Miami stories and provide a global stage for underrepresented (often female, Latin American, African American, and Afro-Caribbean) identities in film.
As a nontraditional development pipeline, we aim to empower Miami’s filmmaking community by solidifying a new model for cultivating talent outside of film school and connecting these storytellers to career opportunities on larger platforms.
El Sol Como un Gran Animal was produced by Borscht Corp as a product of our open call film grants program. This short film follows a a computer and a woman who fall in love only to be torn apart because of their inappropriate feelings for each other, based on the poetry of Alejandra Pizarnik.
After premiering at the 9th edition of Borscht Film Festival, El Sol Como un Gran Animal has gone on to screen at Sundance, AFI Fest, Indie Grits, New Orleans Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and more.
I Am Your Grandma produced by Borscht Corp.
I Am Your Grandma is an autobiographical video diary log that Mayer records for her unborn grandchildren. By placing the video in a public forum (YouTube) she conducts a phenomenological study of why people ultimately share their personal feelings with anonymous strangers, and whether this sharing effects the actual emotional significance of the piece. The work challenges notions of self perception of mortality, celebrity, even the universal impetus for creation and legacy. At the same time, the packaging of the work as a viral-friendly video, complete with a young female protagonist, catchy song, and short duration creates metaphysical questions of artifice and reality. This video has over three million views online and was featured on the cover of Art Papers.
I Am Your Grandma has gone on to screen at: Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; Contemporary Museum of Art; Optic Nerve XIII, Miami, FL; SXSW Film Festival, Austin, TX; Art Basel, Miami FL; Big Screen Project, NY, NY; the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and more.
A sold out house for Borscht Film Festival.
A Borscht grantee prepares to film in a local South Florida neighborhood.
Behind the scenes on the set of a Borscht production with Celia Rowlson Hall.
Borscht body builders.
NOBROZONE celebration for female identifying filmmakers at Borscht DIEZ.
Borscht Film Festival
Borscht makes movies in Miami and throws a festival unlike any other to showcase and celebrate these works.
All new, original films are commissioned for the event, which has been called "the weirdest film festival on the planet" (Indiewire) and "Miami's best film festival" (Miami New Times.
A four-day, biannual event, Borscht Film Festival is "a crazy experience like nothing else" (Indiewire) that has become "part of the city's cultural character" (Miami Herald) and "one of the biggest forces behind Miami's renaissance." (Huffington Post)
The festival screens world-class content at innovative, immersive, blockbuster events, such as opera house takeovers, DIY theme parks, machete fencing classes, and bodybuilding contests.
Local filmmakers created Borscht in response to a lack of regional infrastructure and support, empowering artists to tell fresh Miami stories while cultivating a new generation of talent and providing a creative platform for under-represented (often female, Latin American, African-American, and Afro-Caribbean) identities in Film.
Jonathan David Kane
Minister of the Interior
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.