Why 'Desert Dancer' is Our New Favorite Indie Flick

April 22, 2015 | by Bill Kearney

Desert Dancer, a film produced by Miami’s own Sarah Arison, follows the true story of a man who dared to dance in Iran.

Desert Dancer Movie

It's easy to immediately think of Iran as one monolithic bastion of hatred toward America. To consider the plight of Iran's citizens—its students, shopkeepers, and artists—is a much more complicated matter. But the film Desert Dancer tries to lift that opacity through the telling of one powerful story. Set during the tumultuous 2009 presidential elections is the true tale of Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie), a dreamer who loves to dance despite its illegality in Iran.

The film has an unexpected Miami tie: Sarah Arison, a board member at the National YoungArts Foundation and niece to Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, is a producer on the film. It was by chance that she noticed a stunning photograph of the desert on director Richard Raymond's phone. They soon found themselves talking about Ghaffarian's plight, and knew they had to make a film about it. >>Read More


Weekend Getaway Guide: Go Where Netflix's 'Bloodline' Was Filmed

April 09, 2015 | by Bill Kearney

With a hot new Netflix series Bloodline filmed on site, The Moorings Village & Spa in Islamorada shows just how beautiful the Keys can be.

Moorings Village & Spa

For the uninitiated, The Moorings Village & Spa is arguably the most beautiful resort property in the Keys. Its canopied driveway leads to a shroud of big banyans and other tropical hardwoods, a glade of palm trees, and a private beach. The entire property is dotted with exquisitely quaint yet luxurious cottages—it’s what the Keys could have been with better zoning. It’s also where Netflix chose to film its new series Bloodline about a family with a beautiful surface and vicious secrets. The cast, which includes luminaries such as Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, and Kyle Chandler, looks perfect set against Islamorada sunsets, but the first episode ends with a scene that will have you saying, “Wait, what! Did he really just do that!?!” >>Read More


On This Day in Miami History: Prince's Last Purple Rain Tour Stop

April 07, 2015 | by By Allison Baer

On April 7, 1985, Prince turned the Orange Bowl purple for the final stop on his Purple Rain tour.


Prince pulled out all the stops during his performance at Miami’s Orange Bowl in April 1985 before a crowd of some 55,000 ecstatic fans.

On Easter Sunday 1985, Prince and the Revolution brought their Minneapolis sound to the Orange Bowl for the final stop on their 95-city Purple Rain tour. It was Easter Sunday, a fact that dismayed Miami city commissioners, who thought the eccentric singer—and his naughty lyrics—unfit for the Christian holiday. After all, it was Prince’s libidinous songs that were the impetus for the creation of advisory labels on albums deemed explicit. >>Read More

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