A Film by The Forte Siblings

Produced by ERE. BISTOURY

URBAN STORIES is a contemporary dramatic feature film that follows several Immigrants of different nationalities as they adapt to life in Miami. The stories unfold through stylistic camera work that interrelates the eight vignettes, pushing the boundaries of independent cinema.

The stories take place in a gritty, modern landscape, where people arrive in search of a better life and economic conditions, hoping to achieve the American dream. All of them are quickly immersed in an urban space that appears to be beautiful and full of opportunities while also being filled with obstacles and human drama.

Although each story is a gritty, dramatic character study, the goal is to send audiences a message hope and better understanding of the human condition.



Honorable Mention 

A Film by The Forte Siblings 
produced by ERE. BISTOURY


ERE. BISTOURY one of the 56 Finalists for the Knight Arts Challenge Miami

56 Finalists announced in Knight Arts Challenge Miami

May. 16, 2011

Contest part of $40 million cultural initiative to spur community engagement

MIAMI (May 16, 2011) – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced the finalists in the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, an annual contest that aims to bring South Florida together through the arts.

The 56 finalists –  including individual artists, artist-driven organizations and premiere cultural institutions – emerged from a wide-ranging field of applicants with a broad spectrum of ideas. Descriptions of the finalists’ projects are available below and atwww.KnightArts.org. Knight Foundation will announce the winners of the matching arts grants in November.

 “The ideas from the South Florida arts community just keep getting better and better – further proof that Miami’s cultural scene is truly coming into its own,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president/arts. “The momentum this contest has created for the arts will continue to engage this community and enrich the lives of South Floridians.”
This is the fourth year of the Knight Arts Challenge, which offers $20 million over five years in matching grant money to the best ideas in the South Florida arts. Applicants must follow only three rules: the ideas must be about art, the project must take place in or benefit South Florida and the project must find funding to match Knight’s commitment.

Previous winners of the Knight Arts Challenge are helping to transform the local arts scene and bring the community together. They include the 2011 Borscht Film Festival, a sold-out event presenting Miami stories; the LegalArt Residency, Miami’s only live/work artists residency; Teatro Avante, which enhanced its award-winning Hispanic theater festival; and the Miami City Ballet, which brought back live music to accompany its 25thanniversary season. As part of the challenge, Knight Foundation also invested an additional $20 million in endowment grants to three leading arts institutions: the Miami Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami and the New World Symphony.

For more information, visit www.KnightArts.org.


To Hell and Back: Asesinos por una Noche

 To Hell and Back: Asesinos por una Noche 

By Annie Hollingsworth of  artburstmiami.com

Last night's Asesinos por una Noche was an intensely dark, multimedia performance presented by local artists Alexey Taran, Carla Forte, and the Bistoury Physical Theater. It's a good guess that each person in the audience last night felt about the show they way they feel about conflict in their lives: some people are repelled by it, others numb themselves to it, and some indulge in it for thrills or just to get it out of their system.

For much of the performance at the Miami-Dade Auditorium, the audience was positioned as voyeur in what could be described as scenes from hell. On a dark, minimal stage, two dancers articulated violent muscular contractions and unstable, collapsing joints. Dance isn't quite the right word to describe it. Choreographic phrases traversed catalogues of agonies: anger, sadism, domination, fear. There was something distinctly Catholic about this piece. It was part confessional, part exorcism.