Residency Period: February 2012-January 2013
Lucas Leyva is a filmmaker and retired playwright from Miami, FL. Twenty-one of his plays were produced across seven states and one was a Heidenman Finalist. Films he has written and directed have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance, and over a dozen other festivals and won awards at the Boston Underground Film Festival as well as the Mofilm Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.
He is the founder and Minister of the Interior of the Borscht Film Festival, called the “hippest, most eclectic and electric movie festival in South Florida” and “Miami’s alt culture summit” by the Miami Herald and named “Miami’s Best Film Festival” and compared to “Sundance on psychotropic mushrooms” by the Miami New Times.
In 2011 he officially founded the Borscht Corporation, an interdisciplinary microbudget independent production house that helped create over 40 short projects in Miami, FL in its first year. He is also a published poet, playwright, and has directed musical plays at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Recently, Lucas was named one of the “top 100 creatives” in Miami by Cultist, “top 20 artists under 40″ by the Miami Herald, one of the “power 30 under 30,” “Miami’s champion of independent film” by CoolHunting, and one of “33 Emerging Creative Minds” by SoFi Magazine.
As ½ of MayerLeyva, his music videos have premiered on Stereogum, NME, Vice and Rolling Stone and have been named to various year-end Top 10 video lists, including IFC, as well as exhibited in the Guggenheim museums in New York, Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice as part of a creative video biennial. He balances his artistic career in Miami with his career as a midfielder for the Liverpool football club and the Brazilian national team.