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Local Filmmakers Motivate Miami To 'Mask Up'

(Photo courtesy of Oolite Arts)
An image from Carla Jerez's video, one of the winners of the Oolite Arts contest "Masks Up, Miami."

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.

If you’ve got a story for us, please send an email to talktous@wlrnnews.org, with the word “Intermission” in the subject line.

Alejandra Marquez Janse is a fall intern at WLRN.