2021 Home + Away
Oolite Arts Miami’s bedrock of the visual arts and film community, offers Miami-Dade based artists opportunities to participate in some of the most important artist residencies in the country. 66 Films‘ creative lead Freddy Rodriguez was selected for the Oolite Arts residency program (Home + Away) along with thirteen other Miami-Dade based artists and filmmakers to participate in the five-week residency at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado, where they will live and create in communal workspaces, enjoy access to international curators, participate in master classes, artist meet and greets, as well as, engage in press interviews and artists Q & As. An unrestricted $2,500 stipend in addition to cover accommodations and travel costs is also included.
The Selected few
Oolite Arts recognizes that the time spent in community with fellow artists is crucial in furthering artistic lives. Oolite Arts residency programs have served hundreds of visual artists, including some of the city’s best-known creators and filmmakers. For the 2021 Home+Away selection, a jury of curators and artists selected the talented, diverse group of creators based on their studio practices, dedication to their craft, body of work, and resume. Along with the Rodriguez the groups consists of: Almaz Wilson, Amanda Keeley, Chire Regans, Edison Peñafiel, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Jayme Gershen, Joshua Veasey, Vū, Nathalie Alfonso, Onajide Shabaka, Philip Karp, Sue Montoya and Terrell Villers.
Besides the Home+Away residency, Oolite Arts has The Ellies Creator Award, which Rodriguez was awarded in 2019 to write the feature length screenplay Project Ballroom, which he is currently developing.
“Being acknowledged as a player in Miami’s film and art community by Oolite again is beyond flattering.” – Writer/Director Freddy Rodriguez
The Art of Residencies
A fundamental part of art residencies is to give artists the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual environments, providing them with time to reflect, research, and produce work that will help elevate their careers. In the case of 66 Films founder Rodriguez, who is developing his first feature film Project Ballroom, the five week residency means that he’ll have the opportunity to continue working on Project Ballroom with less day to day distraction.