Local Filmmakers Motivate Miami To 'Mask Up'
The winners of the "Masks Up, Miami" competition try to convince residents to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Update on Dec. 2, 2020: Oolite Arts announced that the film “The Stripper,” produced by Katja Esson, won the competition.
Wearing a mask is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to health experts.
Five local artists are trying to remind Miami residents to mask up — by making one-minute films.
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Oolite Arts, a visual arts nonprofit, organized the competition, “Masks Up, Miami” to find local artists who would produce short public service announcements about mask-wearing.
“It was kind of a virtuous circle,” said Dennis Scholl, the president and CEO of Oolite Arts. “Let's pick some filmmakers that we think could make a great film. Let's fund them to make a short and let's hope that those shorts tell the community about 'masks up' and how to prevent COVID-19.”
Scholl said the nonprofit wanted to provide filmmakers with an opportunity to create during the pandemic, and to help them financially. The five selected artists won $2,500 to produce the films.
The winning films tap into Miami culture, featuring flamingoes, beaches, a Cuban family and more.
You can now vote for your favorite until Nov. 24. The winner will receive a People’s Choice Award and a cash prize.
Watch the videos and vote here.
The is story is part of “Intermission,” WLRN’s series covering how the South Florida arts community is coping during the pandemic.
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