Nov 26

O Cinema's Kareem Tabsch, Miami's Hitchcock

via Miami New Times:

O’s 2012 celebration of the tenth anniversary of the film Cocaine Cowboys by the local filmmaking company Rakontur also stands out as a favorite event.

"We have a really amazing relationship with the Rakontur guys — Billy [Corben], Alfred [Spellman], and David [Cypkin]. They’re like extended family for us," Tabsch says. "The reunion we had, with Edna Buchanan and Mickey Munday, that was actually the first time all those people had ever been in the same room. What’s special about that for me is we’re celebrating Miami homegrown talent… Plus, it’s the amazing people. Edna Buchanan is a fucking legend. I was totally like a fanboy."

Nov 06

Miami Beach backs medical marijuana; is Florida next?

via Miami Herald:

In Miami Beach, the straw ballot question grew out of the making of the Square Grouper documentary by local production company Rakontur in 2010.

“With Miami Beach being a leader in progressive laws, we thought a decriminalization effort would be a good idea because it was happening around the country,” said Billy Corben, who founded Rakontur with Alfred Spellman.

They helped start a petition drive that was eventually taken over by the group Sensible Florida, which gathered about 8,000 voter signatures in an effort to stop Miami Beach police from jailing people with personal amounts of marijuana of 20 grams or less.

The City of Miami Beach balked at the initial proposal, the two sides negotiated and, eventually, Miami Beach put the nonbinding straw poll question limited to medical marijuana before voters.

Oct 30

VH1 Takes An In-Depth Look At How Hip-Hop Became A Dominant Force In American Culture With The Documentary Series "The Tanning Of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop"

Sep 30

Billy Corben Pioneers the 'Pop Doc' (Ocean Drive)

via Ocean Drive:

Sep 26

Our new ESPN 30 for 30 short COLLISION COURSE:

Don Aronow was a family man who moved to Miami in the ’60s after making a fortune in New Jersey construction, but soon his focus turned to building and racing cigarette boats. He became world famous, selling boats and fostering close relationships with some of the most powerful men in the world. But during that time in Miami, the people who needed Aronow’s products the most (and some of the only ones who could afford the hefty price tag) were drug smugglers. Aronow’s tale would end in a hail of bullets, leaving questions that still haven’t been answered.

Aug 13
#Limelight available on iTunes, Netflix and Amazon

#Limelight available on iTunes, Netflix and Amazon

Jul 08
#Broke @wale #30for30 #rakontur

#Broke @wale #30for30 #rakontur

Apr 02

Cocaine Cowboys' Billy Corben on unveiling Florida's Vices

Apr 01
Many of you are aware that we have been moving our facilities. Well, we can finally spill the beans: We’re happy to invite you to our new studio backlot, centrally located near downtown and the beach at the former location of Jungle Island. 
Financed by a 1% Miami-Dade County bed tax increase and a generous sales tax rebate from the State of Florida, this is another Miami attraction we can all be proud of — paid for with your tax dollars! 
This is your chance to “Ride The Docs!” ®

Many of you are aware that we have been moving our facilities. Well, we can finally spill the beans: We’re happy to invite you to our new studio backlot, centrally located near downtown and the beach at the former location of Jungle Island. 

Financed by a 1% Miami-Dade County bed tax increase and a generous sales tax rebate from the State of Florida, this is another Miami attraction we can all be proud of — paid for with your tax dollars! 

This is your chance to “Ride The Docs!” ®

Feb 15

Cocaine Cowboys masterclass seminar at the Miami International Film Festival

Come see us Saturday, March 9th at 3pm at the Miami Beach Cinematheque:

In its 13-year history, Miami’s production company rakontur has had a string of documentary hits including “Cocaine Cowboys,” “Square Grouper” and ESPN’s “The U.”

In this exclusive master class, Rakontur co-founders Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman unveil their latest projects. They’ll talk about their four-year quest to adapt “Cocaine Cowboys” into a dramatic TV series, navigating the hallways of Hollywood during a time of upheaval. They’ll also share clips and discuss three works-in-progress: “Cocaine Cowboys: Remix” that revisits the subject matter with all new footage; “Dawg Fight,” an expose of illegal backyard MMA fighting in south Florida; and “Ponzi State,” a satirical look at the boom and bust nature of the Florida economy. 

Thom Powers – Moderator Senior Program Consultant (Documentary Cinema), Miami International Film Festival 

Tickets on sale now

Feb 01
The @rakontur table at @GrampsBar (at Gramps Bar)

The @rakontur table at @GrampsBar (at Gramps Bar)

Dec 21
Happy Holidays from the @rakontur fam! @samrega @billycorben @alfredspellman @davidcypkin @amandaherrero @evanssss @jennamoshell

Happy Holidays from the @rakontur fam! @samrega @billycorben @alfredspellman @davidcypkin @amandaherrero @evanssss @jennamoshell

Jul 02
hertzthedescendent:

Found this in a box stashed away, Circa 2008 #hiphop #Rakontur #remix by @PeteRock @IceT @GrandmasterCaz @F.I.L.T.H.E.E. (Taken with Instagram)

hertzthedescendent:

Found this in a box stashed away, Circa 2008 #hiphop #Rakontur #remix by @PeteRock @IceT @GrandmasterCaz @F.I.L.T.H.E.E. (Taken with Instagram)

Apr 26
The rakontur crew on the red carpet at the Tribeca screening of their new @ESPN_Films doc Broke

The rakontur crew on the red carpet at the Tribeca screening of their new @ESPN_Films doc Broke

Mar 29
Great panel with NBC’s Mark Potter, Brother Clifton of the Zion Coptics and Robert Platshorn, the Black Tuna himself

Great panel with NBC’s Mark Potter, Brother Clifton of the Zion Coptics and Robert Platshorn, the Black Tuna himself

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