Dillard, originally from up North, moved to Miami for its thriving art scene, in particular Art Basel. The idea for the film began as a spoof on Cuban ex-pats who have fervent anti-Communist political views. I thought that the idea of an art dealer turning into a gun-toting vigilante was not too far-flung," Dillard adds, and by making the villain a Commie artist I was just exaggerating the roles that the artist and dealer play in the struggle between capitalism and ideas that you find in the art world." In Death Print, Ted Vernon is the vigilante, Notorious Nastie is the Commie villain, and Rubber Doll is the undercover detective. To boot, tonight we get music by Otto Von Schirach, on- and offscreen.
Before the flick, starting at 7 at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth Street, Fort Lauderdale), a bunch of South Florida's best indie acts, including the Freakin Hott and Zombies! Organize!! perform. Death Print screens at 9:45. Afterward, von Schirach takes the stage. Tickets cost $10. Visit watchdeathprint.com.
Sat., Oct. 17, 7 p.m., 2009