Showcasing short films by an international cast of creators, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) North Miami will welcome its 15th annual Optic Nerve film festival on Friday, August 23. Just 15 filmmakers out of hundreds were selected as finalists by a handful of curators from around the world, including MOCA's own Alex Gartenfeld. Finalists hail from London, Berlin, New York, LA, and even our own backyard, such as in the case of Plantation, Florida filmmaker Jillian Meyer. Local film buffs will recall that Meyer's short film, #PostModem, made with fellow filmmaker Lucas Leyva, screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Following the screenings, which begin at 8 p.m., Aram Moshayedi, curator of LA's Hammer Museum and a member of this year's Optic Nerve panel, will give a talk before Gartenfeld selects the winning piece(s) to join MOCA’s permanent collection. Tickets to Optic Nerve 15 are free with museum admission; space is limited, so reservations are recommended. 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211