Good day, friends.
Today we would like to share a special little film about a special little peanut* named Allie.
Allie The Peanut starred in a film called El Sol Como Un Gran Animal Oscuro (The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal) we commissioned with the O,Miami Poetry Festival a few years ago, inspired by the poems of Alejandra Pizarnik.
While the brilliant Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera of Bleeding Palm were the principal creative forces, it was truly a local collective effort to bring it to life, with poets, artists, filmmakers, and musicians like P. Scott Cunningham, The Meza Brothers, Bernardo Britto, Lucas Leyva, Jillian Mayer, Augustina Woodgate, Otto von Schirach, and Nayib Estefan all chipping in, with producer Dennis Scholl pushing the film all along to create the little peanut that could. :,)
The film premiered at Sundance in 2015, and had a festival run that was highlighted by winning a Jury Prize at the New Orleans Film Festival- a prize that we can assure you has nothing to do with a late night meeting that occurred between an executive producer and a juror outside the men's room of the Love Lost Lounge in Merigny, sometime between the hours of 2 and 3 AM.
While we are proud to say that today the film premieres to the world as a Vimeo Staff Pick, this news is bittersweet.
Alas, while Allie The Peanut is beloved across the globe, she is not feeling the love locally, in the very soil from which she sprung.
Despite our passionate pleas, Allie is being denied a star on The Official Miami Walk of Fame at Bayside Marketplace, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Film/Video Entertainment Industry.
We feel this needs to change NOW.
We refuse to speculate that this could be the result of sexism, even though there is only one other female on this prestigious walk, nor do we want to point that that only 20% of the Film/Video Stars are Latino in this minority-majority city.
No, we just want The Official Miami Walk of Fame at Bayside Marketplace Inc. to recognize Allie for her breathtaking range as a performer and acknowledge that she deserves to be immortalized on a gorgeous Romero Britto-designed star on this walk alongside other Miami luminaries like Adam Rodriguez (CBS drama "Reckless"), Kevin James ("Grown Ups 2"), Channing Tatum ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"), and "Rio 2 Animated Film."
So, we are asking you, dear friends, to sign our change.org petition.
In this season of political acrimony and partisanship, I think we can all agree on the love of a peanut. Please share with all your friends, and help us right this grave injustice. Here's the movie:
Enjoy your week.
PS. Good luck on the elimination tournament Miami Heat Professional Basketball Team!
*We aren't really sure if she is a peanut but she looks like one.