It's been a trip down memory lane for us this week at the O Cinema.
After four nights of sold-out screenings, great panel discussions and catching up with old friends, CBS Miami's Jim DeFede turns the tables on Billy and I tonight, for a conversation about our work and a look at four upcoming films mentioned in Rene Rodriguez's Miami Herald feature earlier this week:
• Broke, a study of how professional athletes end up squandering their multi-million dollar salaries before they’ve retired, will screen at the Tribeca International Film Festival in May as a “work in progress” and premiere on ESPN in the fall.
• Cocaine Cowboys: Los Muchachos, about the astonishing legal trials of Sal Magluta and Willy Falcon, arguably the two biggest drug traffickers in South Florida history, is nearly finished and already looks to be 10 times more outrageous than the original film.
• Dawg Fight, about a backyard MMA fighting circuit in Perrine, mixes astonishing fight sequences with a portrait of a neighborhood’s unique culture.
• The Ponzi State, an epic-scale look at corruption in Florida, from housing fraud to pill mills, told from the perspective of the people who lived it.
The slate is impressive, and a few sneak peeks at their new movies prove the style, focus and intelligence of rakontur’s filmmaking has more than doubled over the last decade.
Tonight is already sold out, although some tickets may be released later this afternoon. Best bet for last-minute tickets is to call the O Cinema 305-571-9970.