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iSAW summer residency with Carla Forte and Alexey Taran at Audiotheque studios to complete sound editing and restoration work on the feature-length documentary film, The Holders.


The documentary exposes the reality of the treatment of animals. Over 27,000 pets are brought to Miami-Dade County Animal Services each year.


Every week, hundreds of cats and dogs are abandoned at the Miami-Dade County Animal Services. Some are brought in by their own owners; others are found wandering the streets of the city. This documentary hopes to inspire the public’s consciousness to, bear the responsibility of respecting animal life and to offering them the protection they need.

The documentary feature The Holders exposes the reality of the treatment of animals. Over 27,000 pets are brought to Animal Services each year. The documentary also seeks to investigate why there are so many animals and what we can do to help solve the issue.

This educational documentary challenges the Miami community, the United States, and ultimately the world, to become advocates for the rights of cats and dogs.

Our hope is to promote desperately needed change by raising awareness around responsible pet ownership, promote adoption, and improve the living conditions of animals presently in Miami Dade County Animal Services.



Carla Forte is a Venezuelan performer, writer and director living in Miami. Forte is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Bistoury Physical Theater and Film. She has performed in and directed Video-Art works like Interrupta, Imaginarium Life, Assassins for One Night, and Obbe, featured at important venues and festivals such as: Pool 14 Internationale TanzFilmPlattform Berlin. 21st Quinzena de Danca de Almada, Portugal (2013); La Biennale di Venezia Marathon of the Unexpected (2012); Non-Verbal Theatre Festival San Vicente, Croatia (2009). Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami (2009); A Desert for Dancing, México (2007).

Her cinematographic work includes short films Imaginarium and Reset, selected for Cannes Film Festival’s Court Metrage – Short Film Corner in 2012 and 2013, respectively, as well as the feature Urban Stories, Winner of Best Script, Best Cinematography and Best Feature at Bootleg Film Festival, Toronto (2012); and Honorable Mention at both Los Angeles Movies Awards (2011) and Lucerne International Film Festival, Switzerland (2012).


Alexey Taran a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, choreographer and media artist, has led Bistoury a Physical Theater & Films since its creation in 2005. His work has had a dynamic impact on contemporary dance, film and theatre. Born in Cuba, he received training in Ballet at Havana’s National School of Art, which offered him the opportunity to be able to break down rigid structures of composition and narration, bringing him closer to an open work influenced by other art media.

His stage and film work with Bistoury has achieved constant recognition and important awards. For example the short film “Imaginarium” was selected for the “Cannes Court Métrage, Short Film Corner, Festival de Cannes” 2012 in France. The multidisciplinary performance “Bolo” was realized thanks to the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. In 1996 and 1998, his plays were recognized with awards by the Recontres Choregraphiques in France, and in Germany by Internationales Sommer Theater Festival Hamburg; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; Haus der Kulturem der Welt, Berlin and Tanz and Theater International, Hannover. In 2011, 2014 and for 2015 Taran was awarded with the Dance Miami Choreographers Fellowship Program.


Bruce Posner in residence at Audiotheque sponsored by iSAW

I spent my residency working on the review of computer files for two film projects: Moana With Sound and Masterworks of the American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970. Both are digital film restoration projects that I am completing online, hence the need of a high-quality computer such as offered by the subtropics residency. Each project involved the download of Quicktime movie files and Youtube files. Then the detailed anaylsis of the files for picture quality, audio fidelity and general quality control matters. These reviews were essential for a good result and to maintain the high artistic value of the restored films and soundtracks.

Moana With Sound is a feature-length documentary film made in Samoa in 1924-25 by Robert and Frances Hubbard Flaherty. Although this is a silent film, the version I have restored was re-made with actual sounds recorded by the filmmakers’ daughter Monica Flaherty 50 years later in 1975 on the exact same locations. The result is an exquisite aural sound-scape that is in dead-synchronization with the original silent film images.

Robert Flaherty's "Moana."

Robert Flaherty’s “Moana.”

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Masterworks of the American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 is a 30-film compilation scheduled for 2-disc Blu-ray release by Flicker Alley later this year. It will contain all new 1080 HD transfers of 30 artist’s film made between 1920 and 1970. One of the highlights, and the film I focused on during the residency, was Le Ballet Mécanique by Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy with the original music composed by George Antheil in 1925. I have been working on this film since 2000 in collaboration with Paul Lehrman and have released different versions in film and video for use in live concerts performed by many percussion ensembles and full orchestras around the world. This is one of the landmark pieces of film and music from the 20th century and a must see if you have yet to experience it.

ballet mécanique

The residency was quite intensive and involved many days between May and August 2014. Much was accomplished including a private preview screening of Moana With Sound held at the Coral Gables Art Cinema to review a first-draft theatrical DCP file of the nearly finished restoration, and all of my computer files for those films and other film restoration projects were backed up and archived at subtropics.

Bruce Posner