MIAMI - A Hialeah graffiti writer is the subject of one of the short films featured at the Miami International Film Festival. And he was giving $30 tickets away.
David Anasagasti, better known as "Ahol Sniffs Glue," has taken his drowsy eyeballs all over Miami's Wynwood and Little Havana neighborhoods and into Greg Shienbaum Fine Art gallery. He was feeling generous and was putting up stickers over free MIFF tickets. There were hints on his Facebook account.
He wants you to watch a film that worked on with The Borscht Film Festival's Marnie Ellen and Michael Aros. The Cuban-American's animations brought their short film "Biscayne World" to life. With 305 authenticity, he shows "how to have cigarettes delivered" and "where to eat a croquetta."
Anasagasti is the graffiti writer who was gutsy enough to file copyright-infringement lawsuits against American Eagle and Pastor Rich Wilkerson, when they used his art on their marketing campaigns without permission or compensation.
Jacob Katel, also known as Swampdog, directed, shot and edited the music for the festival's "AholSniffsGlue x Swampdog." Katel got a grant from the Knight Foundation work on the film for WPBT.
The other artists featured:
- Rosie Herrera: The dancer and choreographer worked with Jonathan David Kane, the filmmaker of "Papa Machete."
- Pioneer Winter: The choreographer worked with Tabatha Mudra.
- Farley Aguilar: The self-taught painter represented by Spinello Projects worked with Kareem Tabsch, co-founder of O Cinema.
- Edson Jean: The New World School of the Arts actor, writer and director, worked with Andrew Hevia.
- Deon Rubi: The artist and designer worked with Monica Peña.
- Cara Despain: The artist worked with Kenny Riches.
- Brian Butler: The artist worked with Tina Francisco.
- Ana Mendez: The dancer and choreographer worked with Keisha Rae Witherspoon.
- Augustina Woodgate: The artist represented by Spinello Projects worked with Joey Daoud.
The 10 films debuted on WPBT2 South Florida PBS and had the support of The Knight Foundation.
About the festival
For more information about the festival -- which started Friday and ends March 13th -- watch the trailers on YouTube, follow them on social media ( Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) or call 305-237-3456.
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