Creative life of Coast cap­tured

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DOC­U­MEN­TARY that chron­i­cles the Gold Coast’s nascent cul­tural scene screens tonight at the Rab­bit & Co­coon art space in Mi­ami. Kick­ing Off the White Shoes fea­tures in­ter­views with 13 emerg­ing artists and cul­tural prac­ti­tion­ers from the Coast as they nar­rate the rise of the city’s artis­tic tide. Di­rec­tor Jeff Li­cence will host the screen­ing and par­tic­i­pate in a Q&A. ‘‘I just got a bit sick of hear­ing the Coast stereo­typed as this place of just de­vel­op­ment and tourism, or crime and schoolies,’’ says Li­cence, who started film­ing three years ago. ‘‘And yet I knew all these amaz­ing peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly work­ing in arts, sus­tain­abil­ity, cul­ture and com­mu­nity. I just thought it would be nice to share their sto­ries too.’’ The film pre­miered at this year’s Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val and Li­cence is al­ready sell­ing copies on DVD. He’s keep­ing in­ter­est bub­bling with com­mu­nity screen­ings and will next put the film on at Bond Univer­sity in Septem­ber, along with a panel dis­cus­sion. Re­sponse to Kick­ing Off the White Shoes has also en­cour­aged the ed­u­ca­tor and film­maker to dig for more sto­ries within the Gold Coast’s cul­tural sphere; he’s now got two more arts-based film projects in the pipe­line. ‘‘I’m blown away, the com­mu­nity is be­hind it,’’ he says. ‘‘The best thing is that the film has now be­come the foun­da­tion for other sto­ries to be told about artis­tic and cul­tural prac­tice on the Coast.’’ Rab­bit + Co­coon is a new, artist-run creative in­dus­tries space at Mi­ami that pro­vides re­sources and sup­port for the pro­duc­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion of arts projects.

A– SAM CLEVE­LAND

Kick­ing Off the White Shoes

screens at Rab­bit & Co­coon, in Mi­ami, tonight at 7.30pm. Tick­ets are $10.

A thong let­ter­box.

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