Thanks Miami / by Billy Corben


For men of many words, all of us at rakontur are virtually speechless at the overwhelming love and support we got from Miami last week for our 10th Anniversary celebration at O Cinema. Thanks to everyone who was a part of it and those of you who tried to be part of it but got sold out!

Special thanks to City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff for the Key to The City, Kareem Tabsch, Vivian Marthell and Matt Walter from O Cinema for their hospitality, photojournalist Bill Cooke for his spectacular Scarface behind the scenes photos, artist Shirley Henderson for her vivid courtroom sketches from some of Miami's most sensational federal trials (Manuel Noriega, Carlos Lehder, Medellín Cartel, Willie & Sal, etc.), History Miami for their historical crime images, our moderators, journalist Jim DeFede of CBS Miami and film critic Dan Hudak of Hudak on Hollywood, all the panelists at the Cocaine Cowboys Cast ReunionMickey Munday, Edna Buchanan, Chief Nelson Andreu, Raul Diaz, Sam Burstyn, Sam Rabin and CBS Miami's Al Sunshine, the cast of Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja, America's longest-serving non-violent marijuana prisoner Robert Platshorn, Brother Clifton Middleton of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church and NBC News Correspondent Mark Potter, attorney and President-Elect of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Miami Chapter Jude Faccidomo for his contribution to the Raw Deal: A Question of Consent panel, Bad Boys of the 80s for the limited edition t-shirts, Wodka Vodka for the booze and Lester's Miami.  

Now it's back to work finishing our upcoming pop-docs: Broke for ESPN, Dawg Fight, Cocaine Cowboys: Los Muchachos, et al!