Deering Estate in partnership with the MIAMI short FILM FESTIVAL (MIAMIsFF) presents Shorts Under the Stars: Amplifying Black Stories, in celebration of Juneteenth. On Sunday, June 13th, enjoy the stunning views and sunset, then grab a spot on the lawn to watch a selection of short films. Early access begins at 5:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 p.m.

Guests can bring blankets, lawn chairs, and small picnic baskets. The following items are not permitted: large coolers, open flames/candles, balloons and pop-up tents/umbrellas.

Sunday, June 13, 2021, 7 p.m. (gate opens at 5:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $20. Space is limited. Tickets available for purchase online.

Please note that guests must practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and are not allowed to gather in groups larger than 10 people. For more information, please visit the Deering Estate website.

The following short films will be presented:

Me Time
Directed by: Iyabo Boyd, 11 min., Narrative, USA

Deborah, a young professional black woman, is wound up after a hectic workday and is thinking about how to decompress. After plopping down on her bed, one part of her inner psyche, Sexy Deb, appears and tries to bully her into going out to a bar for a hook-up.

First Day Back
Directed by: Deshawn Plair, 21 min., Narrative, USA

It’s the first day back at school for the faculty and students of Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, after a fight between two students from rival neighborhoods resulted in the death of a fellow student, left others injured and changed the community forever. Everyone struggles to adjust to the new normal.

Meg’s First Dance
Directed by: Ada Gorn, 9:30 min., Narrative, USA

Meg, 17, develops feeling for her best friend, Phoebe in this quirky coming of age film. The style is “Love Simon” meets David Lynch. Meg has to come to terms with her feelings, despite nightmares, a judgmental mother, and a tempting unrequited crush.

Indochine, Station 13
Directed by: Bouha Kazmi, 6:29 min., Music Video, UK

Station 13 depicts the representation of what initially appears to be ordinary men persecuted by society, men who are later revealed to be angels on earth.

Directed by: Sharkey Weinberg, 14:36 min., Narrative, Florida, USA

The world around her has moved on, but L’Toya has not. She is still grieving the loss of her boyfriend. In an act of desperation, L’Toya seeks out a Psychic to lead her in a seance in an effort to find some sort of comfort and relief in her life.

Easy Life
Directed by: Boris Diaw, 11:48 min., Narrative, USA

The story of a dad attempting to make his rebellious kid understand how easy his life is compared to some other kids in the world. To get his message across, he tells a vivid story of a little kid in Africa being turned into a child soldier.

Turf Nation
Directed by: Jun Bae, 13:27 min., Documentary, USA

Turfing is an Oakland-born dance form that combines roots in gang culture with elements of tutting, gliding and bone breaking; Turf Nation follows the street dancers perform on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains, as they pave their own paths towards freedom and independence.

Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.