Remembering Miami Independent Film Director Joel Sotolongo

Fellow Miami creative and friend of tuffgnarl.com Joel Sotolongo has lost his battle with cancer. Joel directed two films Work of Art and That Was Piddie Korn. He was actively working on a third film titled Rolling 20s before his death. Sotolongo was known a staunch advocate for independent guerrilla film-making in Miami and was a wealth of knowledge in the field. He served […]

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Interview: Craig Flipy – Punk rock cinematographer / Bigfoot hunter

Slider image from the URTC video for The People Are Home. Craig Flipy has filmed numerous videos for Recess Records and photographed touring bands passing through California or his now home of Portland, Oregon. Flipy has also worked filming the wildly popular Animal Planet reality show, Finding Bigfoot, and is currently in the process of making the documentary, Crappy Little Dreams, based on his fascination and […]

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Event Review: Florida Grand Opera’s The Pearl Fishers: a Fluid and Youthful Adaptation of Bizet’s Work

Following a proven model for scheduling their season, the Florida Grand Opera (FGO) has already shown remarkable skill with opener Madama Butterfly and Mozart’s Così fan tutte. For their third production, they chose George Bizet’s second-most popular opera, The Pearl Fishers and placed it in the capable hands of young conductor Anthony Barrese making his FGO debut. Like last season’s […]

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Otto Von Shirach & Blowfly May Have Just Broken The Internet With Pineal Warriors

Miami’s Otto Von Shirach has teamed up with rapper Blowfly and a slew of Miami artists and musicians to release what may easily go down as the craziest bit of cinematography to ever come out of Miami. The film is called “Pineal Warriors” and I’m declaring it the viral video of 2015. Pineal Warriors Writer/Director: Otto von Schirach, Egon von Schirach Cinematography: Jonathan David Kane […]

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