MDPL, in partnership with Close-Up Productions is recording the memoirs of the City of Miami Beach through the stories of people who have been a part its history. Their stories have been recorded using professional audio and visual equipment. These interviews have been combined and edited to create an installation in the Art Deco Museum. Sharing the City’s heritage with all who care to learn about its past only further expands the appreciation of our unique beach community. This Project is funded by funded by the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (VCA) of the City of Miami Beach.
The Miami Beach Visual Memoirs Project concluded its 5th year of work in October 2016. This past year we added 15 additional interviews to the archive housed as part of the FIU Digital Library collection, as well as promotional excerpts and highlights available on the Project website. We have recorded over 100 individuals as a part of this project. To see these interviews and view some of the excepts please visit www.miamibeachvisualmemoirs.com
2016 saw the completion of the documentary short “Barbara’s Crusade”, a 12 minute video produced by Carl and Kathy Hersh, of Close-Up Productions, MDPL’s partner in the Miami Beach Visual Memoirs Project. The VCA gave an additional grant to make the film since no known film exists about Barbara efforts to create the Art Deco District.
Those who appear in the film worked directly with Barbara and describe her complexity. “I loved Barbara but she could drive you nuts,” says Diane Camber, former director of the Bass Museum. Mattie Bower, former Mayor of Miami Beach and a former director of MDPL, says Barbara would “ask, ask, ask” and would often get mad if she didn’t get her way. “That’s where I learned that you have to have fanatics if you want to move anything up”.
The film, which contains rare footage of Barbara Capitman speaking on camera, premiered opening night of Art Deco Weekend 2017 at The Wolfsonian-FIU and was well-received by a full house. Barbara’s Crusade is available for viewing online at miamibeachvisualmemoirs.com and is also part of the exhibit in the Art Deco Museum.
The Archive of the Miami Beach Visual Memoirs Project is online and available for your viewing pleasure. The list is alphabetical. Scroll on the right to get down to the video clip and click on it to play. While the videos are all recorded in HD, to make them viewable on-line they are screened at a lower resolution. Our partners in preparing the online archive, Florida International University’s Digital Library, worked hard to create an archive with the requisite technology for serious academic research while providing user-friendly access for the general public. The full FIU archive is available here:. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ARCHIVE
AMERICAN RIVIERA VIDEO:
HOW COLOR SAVED MIAMI BEACH
SMALL TOWN PARADISE
CLIPS OF SOME OF THE FIRST VISUAL MEMOIR INTERVIEWS
THE STORY OF REY MAMBO