Diliana Alexander admits that Dave Grohl's fresh-from-Sundance documentary, "Sound City," has little in common with her interactive media festival, Film Gate, opening this weekend, save, perhaps, her admiration for the former Nirvana drummer.
But when the doc screens Friday night at O Cinema Wynwood, it will do so accompanied by a three-day festival of filmmaking how-tos and interactive workshops for cinephiles and supporters of locally produced film.
"It's supposed to be very experimental. The audience is as much a part of the art as the movie itself," says Alexander, the festival's organizer and executive director of Indie Film Club Miami. "It's not supposed to conform to your definitions of watching a movie. You are a part of its creation, its story line and its production from the start."
Friday's 8 p.m. premiere of "Sound City" will be preceded by the 6-8 p.m. Spinners of Sound, a free gathering where live bands will perform and share stories of their songwriting experiences. The following two days will feature workshop appearances from British filmmaker Philip Bloom, noted director Alejandro Jodorowsky and Miami big cheese Billy Corben ("Cocaine Cowboys," "The U").
Alexander says one of the festival's free projects, called Ur Kntrlr (2-4 p.m. Feb. 2 at O Cinema), will feature the screening of "Meridian" by YouTube's own MysteryGuitarMan, which prompts watchers to solve text-related puzzles on their smartphones throughout the film.
FilmGate will take place Friday through Sunday at O Cinema Wynwood, 90 N.W. 29th St, in Miami, and at Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave. Some events are free, others cost from $8 to $250. Go to Film-Gate.org.