HBO VICE CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND SHOW RUNNER TIM CLANCY AND MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING JAIE LAPLANTE
TIM CLANCY Q. AND A. AT THE HBO VICE SCREENING AT THE MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL
(BELOW) SCENES FROM THREE VICE SHORT SUBJECTS: THE FUTURE OF FIREARMS, CHINA'S GHOST TOWNS AND ASSADS-SYRIA
BY DWIGHT CASIMERE
MIAMI-The 35th Miami Film Festival featured an evening dedicated to the hard-hitting HBO documentary series Vice. The non-conventional narrative series, featuring cutting edge short documentary films that explore some of the more unsettling subjects in today's headlines. Co-Executive Producer and Show Runner Tim Clancy sat withe film festival executive director Jaie Laplante to discuss the series and three hand-picked episodes screened that evening; China's Ghost Towns, The Future of Firearms and Assad's Syria.
Each of the short films went behind the scenes to explore that, at times, more unsettling aspects of their subject matter. For example, The Future of Firearms deals extensively with the recruitment and organizing of pre-teen and teen-aged sharp shooters who are avid gun users and marksmen who are sponsored by gun manufacturers. They even wear vests, jackets and other gear emblazoned with company logos, much like those of Nascar drivers. The film also explains how the gun lobby uses the current hysteria over gun control to further their cause and increase gun sales. The most disturbing segment was one fled on the South Side of Chicago featured an illegal gun dealer, his face disguised with a mask, explaining how almost anyone can find an illegal gun anywhere, just ask around! He also said that even legal gun owners are contributing to the problem of illegal gun sales by selling their guns on the street just for the expediency of some quick cash or to just get rid of an unwanted weapon.
Through five seasons at HBO, the Emmy-winning Vice Weekly has produced impactful short-form documentaries on key issues affecting our world – and discovering extraordinary people focused on sustainable solutions to seemingly impossible problems.
On a lighter note, the HBO Vice screening was followed by a party hosted by Stella Artois and featuring ribs, tacos, pulled pork Cuban sliders and Asian specialties from an array of local food trucks at The Wharf, Miami's newest outdoor venue.
Dwight Casimere with Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez of the film Lainegra at the HBO VICE Party
The Wharf, Miami's newest outdoor party venue
Faces in the crowd at HBO VICW Night at The Wharf
Former Chicago Bear Running Back Thomas Q. Jones, star of the film A VIOLENT MAN with Dwight Casimere and the film's director Matthew Berkowitz and the film's co-star Denise Richards
Celebrity photographer Jayme Gershen and friend
Yvonne and Yvette Rodriquez of the film LATINEGRA enjoying The Wharf HBO Vice bash