“It’s year five of the contest and I think what we’re starting to see is some of our planting is starting to bear fruit,” Scholl said.
Scholl points to the success of the Borscht Film Festival, a collective of Miami filmmakers, musicians, writers, actors and photographers, who used a $150,000 grant from the Challenge in 2010 to get its 12-minute short film, The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, into the Sundance Film Festival in January. The group also placed four shorts in the current South-by-Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, an unusual accomplishment, Scholl said. Among them: the Uncle Luke semi-fictional doc on Liberty City rapper Luther Campbell, I Am Your Grandma, Reinaldo Arenas, and Jacuzzi Boys: Glazin.
“That’s the kind of result that we hope will happen when you win the Knight Arts Challenge and take the best idea and implement it into the community,” Scholl said.