There’s really nothing more entertaining and inspiring than watching a quality locally-produced independent film. A local avante guard filmmaker and 2004 graduate from The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale named J. Vinazza is here to inspire and entertain us all with his eye-catching films that draw on his experiences as a poet, painter, and graffiti artist.
One thing that makes J. Vinazza’s films so unique is the fact that none of his characters are portrayed by trained professional actors. Instead, he casts his films with local rappers, musicians, and artists and is able to bring out the actor in them with his agreeable and friendly approach to directing.
Motivated by local film competitions, J. Vinazza has released 3 of his best short films within the last year and has experienced a rise in his productivity that is sure to make him one of the most saught after filmmakers in the area. “Bulletfist: No Honor In Regret” was entered into the 2006 48-Hour Film Project, and “Jonny Efficient” was
entered into the 2007 version of the same contest.
His film, “Cut Your Hand on the Good Book,” was entered into the 2007 Grindhouse Deathmatch Contest, sponsored by the Improv Export Co., and won the $100 first place prize.
J. Vinazza’s main project going into the future is the completion of his first feature-length film, entitled “Self: Direction 7.” This film has been in production for the past 5 years and includes an all-star cast of “local celebrities.”
Overt sexuality, graphic violence, gore and nudity were synonymous with Troma films. Cult hits like The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo and Juliet and Cannibal! The Musical still push the b-movie train into classic film history. So when you watch a film by Troma Films' protégé Aidan Dillard, you see the perverse influence of his mentor Lloyd Kaufman, founder of Troma Entertainment.
Meat Weed Madness & Meat Weed America, 2 of Dillard's Troma Produced Films premiered in Miami - another milestone for the South Florida film scene. In the tradition of Troma, Aidan maintains a stream of T&A with the gratuitous violence this country cultivated since the sexual revolution of American Cinema. His morally deprived, eccentric characters represent a spectrum of hedonistic American Cultures and push the envelope of decency with much dismay to those who cannot appreciate the art of Pushing Boundaries.
His latest film Death Print premiered August 8th at the Colony Theatre. It stars the likes of notable stars Ted Vernon (Village of the Damned, Hammerhead Jones) & Fetish Goddess Rubber Doll (www.rubberdoll.net ) as well as a slew of others such as Nastie, Otto von Schirach, Cuci Amador, Jose le Rey, Lolo, the TM Sisters, Thug Jesus, Clifton Childree, and a many more. The cinematography and production value give promise to the future of South Florida filmmakers and where it can go from here.
Whether you like to push the envelope in filmmaking or you prefer the more conservative approach, you need to go for the throat, and Aiden takes 2 heads, 2 balls and feeds a corndog to a porn star... now that's how you get attention.