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Corner of the Cave Media is a production, post-production and digital content creation company. In other words, we make really cool TV shows, documentaries, commercials, Apps and websites. Our client roster is made up of an eclectic mix of all of the major networks and studios, in addition to a number of demanding and high-end private businesses and individuals.

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Corner Of The Cave

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Corner of the Cave Media

“Since there was no treasure but Tiffany, the thieves bundled her in a warm cape, and carried her away. They made up a soft bed for her in a corner of the cave. And there she slept. The next morning she awoke to find herself surrounded by trunks of glittering riches.”

And so goes the text from our recent documentary subject and one of the world’s most sardonic authors and illustrators, Tomi Ungerer. This excerpt from Ungerer’s most famous children’s book, The Three Robbers, was the inspiration behind calling our shop Corner of the Cave Media. To be certain, we haven’t woken up to glittering riches quite yet, and we’re anything but robbers, but Corner of the Cave’s co-founders – Brad Bernstein and Rick Cikowski – found the name poetic and symbolic enough to adapt it as their collective nom de media.

Corner of the Cave Media is a production, post-production and digital content creation company. In other words, we make really cool TV shows, documentaries, commercials, Apps and websites. Our client roster is made up on an eclectic mix of all of the major networks and studios, in addition to a number of demanding and high-end private businesses, individuals and Fortune 500 companies.

Founded in Miami’s Art and Design district in February of 2012, the Cave was created to unite a variety of companies with many years of industry experience: Roba Interactive, Far Out Films, Pineapple Pixels and Fools Day Productions. Under The Cave banner, we offer the entire spectrum of video, digital and interactive services.

Our experienced core of tv writers, producers and editors is complemented by a network of graphic designers, coders and motion graphics specialists that can take a client’s idea from conception through total interactivity–from network television to a presence on the Web, to an App in the iTunes store. No project is too big conceptually or too local in scope–if you’re able to stir our creative juices, we’ll collaborate with you on the creation of Facebook or company presentation Apps through 3d modeling and animation, to multi-camera performance shoots, to long-form documentary production and so on.

We’ve had the pleasure of working with a variety of artists that span the fields of creativity, from Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones and Phil Spector to Pitbull, Flea, Norah Jones and Priscilla Presley, to Robert Downey Jr, Matthew Morrison and Burt Reynolds to the Honorable Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

For more information on our client roster and to see a company portfolio, or to set up an appointment to swing by our new offices in Midtown Miami, please email us: info@cornerofthecave.com

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The Cave is located at the historic Bacardi Buildings on the YoungArts Foundation campus in the heart of Miami.

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Brad Bernstein

Co-Founder & Executive Producer
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Brad Bernstein is a writer, producer and director who spent fourteen years freelance producing in New York and Los Angeles before co-founding Corner of the Cave Media in Miami in 2012. The Cave is a full service television production company that caters to traditional network programming and new digital distribution outlets. COTC Media also has a digital division that creates Apps and websites for a variety of artists and commercial entities.

Brad’s passion is in storytelling with a focus on fascinating characters and complicated narratives guiding his productions. He is currently serving as co-executive producer & writer on a documentary special about President Obama that will air in January, 2017 on History. In 2015, he served as showrunner & writer on History's two-hour documentary special "Alcatraz: Search for the Truth." The special aired October 12, 2015, receiving high ratings and wide publicity.

Brad directed, produced and wrote "ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game," a 90-minute "Rock Doc" that details Atlanta's storied rise to the top of the hip-hop landscape. The ATL aired nationally September 2nd, 2014 on VH1 and had a memorable theatrical premiere in Atlanta as part of Ludacris's "Luda Day Weekend" (Ludacris also served as exec producer). Interviews for the special include T.I., Usher, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, civil rights pioneer and former Ambassador Andrew Young and so many other Atlanta legends.

Brad was also co-director and executive producer of "Real Change: Artists For Education," a one-hour prime time special that aired on CBS in 2013 and includes interviews and performances with Pitbull, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Lady Antebellum, Jason Mraz, Quincy Jones, Matthew Morrison and LMFAO. Season Two is currently in production and will also incorporate some of the biggest and brightest names in music and entertainment including First Lady Michelle Obama, Ludacris, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Hudson, Kobe Bryant and others.

In early 2014, Brad directed and produced a ten-camera, live concert and documentary adaption called "Jazz and the Philharmonic" which features Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Terence Blanchard, Shelly Berg and the late and legendary music industry icons Phil Ramone and Larry Rosen. The special aired nationally on PBS in February of 2014 and can currently be seen on the PBS website.

Brad's theatrical documentary "Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story" premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and is a 98-minute film that he directed, produced and wrote. The story is a biographical retrospective on the subversive and perverse Alsatian illustrator and author Tomi Ungerer who, along with Maurice Sendak, launched to the top of the children’s book world in the 1960’s. The film was nominated for a 2014 Producers Guild Award and has wide distribution: First Run Features picked up North American rights, Paris-based Le Pacte is handling French distribution and International sales (non-English), and PBS Distribution has scooped up English-speaking territories outside of North America. "Far Out" had its theatrical opening in New York at the venerable Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and in Los Angeles at the historic Landmark Nuart and played in at least twenty-five other American cities in 2013. It is currently available on iTunes, Netflix and on DVD.

Brad’s prior television work has also focused on documentaries and music. Before co-founding the Cave, he was a staff writer for VH1’s Emmy Award-winning doc series "Behind The Music" for over a decade and has also produced six episodes of the series, most recently "BTM: Ludacris."

Other notable projects in Brad’s experience include serving as Supervising Producer on an original, six-part documentary series called "Saved" for Animal Planet that aired in Fall 2011. He was also Supervising Producer on "Recording: The History of Recorded Music," an 8-part documentary series shot in high-definition that traces America’s history since Thomas Edison invented the first sound recording device in 1877 to the Internet. The Executive Producers include Impresario Quincy Jones, the late, great legendary record producer Phil Ramone and the now deceased producer Larry Rosen, and contains interviews with Phil Spector, Billy Joel, Norah Jones, Chuck D, Clint Eastwood, BB King, Flea, Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson and many other musicians and artists. Brad was Coordinating Producer on ESPN’s highly acclaimed documentary series Rites of "Autumn: The Story of College Football," a 10-hour production narrated by Burt Reynolds; was a producer on In Focus, a 36-part Fox Sports documentary series hosted by esteemed broadcaster Dick Enberg; was a producer on "Between the Lines," a four-hour original series for A&E hosted by Robert Downey, Jr. that featured President Jimmy Carter, Priscilla Presley, Martin Sheen and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; and was producer and writer of "MSG Profiles," an 8-part biography series on the New York Knicks and Rangers. He has also written and produced shows for MTV, YES, PBS, VEVO and other international networks.
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RICK CIKOWSKI

Co-Founder & Executive Producer
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Rick Cikowski is a TV director, interactive media designer, video editor and the co-founder of Corner of the Cave Media. He was recently executive producer, co-director and lead editor on Real Change: Artists for Education which aired on CBS on April 23rd, 2013. Rick also recently edited Behind The Music: Ludacris which was being shot/edited/produced/written through the Cave and which aired on VH1 on July 28th, 2013.

Rick was co-producer and lead editor on Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story about the subversive and perverse Alsatian illustrator and author Tomi Ungerer. First Run Features picked up North American rights, Paris-based Le Pacte is handling French distribution and International sales (non-English), and PBS Distribution has scooped up English-speaking territories outside of North America. Far Out will have its theatrical opening in New York at the esteemed Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on June 14th and in Los Angeles on June 21st at Landmark Nuart and will play in multiple cities in 2012 and ’13.

Cikowki’s editing credits include lead editor on RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music, an 8-part documentary series shot in high-definition that traces America’s history since Thomas Edison invented the first sound recording device in 1877 to the Internet. His internationally aired work has led him as far afield as Russia and India where he worked with the Dalai Lama on HBO’s Little Monk. He has also cut shows for various networks such as Shark Week’s Day of the Shark for Discovery Channel, Amazing Animal Inventions for Animal Planet, Dangerous Beauty for MSNBC, History’s Mysteries for History Channel, and La Esquina, a weekly series for with hip hop star Pitbull. He has collaborated with numerous recording artists from Boyz N Da Hood on MTV Makes A Video to Iron & Wine’s music video for Naked As We Came. He also contributed editing and graphic work to Paul Simon’s Children Health Fund. Cikowski’s talents have made him a key resource for HBO, CBS, Fox, MTV, Travel Channel, The History Channel, ESPN, PBS, and Showtime.

Cikowski’s interactive media design includes websites for Royal Caribbean, Jazz Roots, ParentLab.com, SmartHealthUsa.com, The Discovery Channel and most recently GoNSyde.com. He has created interactive web based games for movies such as I am Legend, Pink Panther 2, Sunny with a Chance of Meatballs and Body of Lies, and has produced web-based interactive content for Carib Beer, The Miami Heat and recording artist Pitbull. Cikowski recently produced the highly regarded “Planet Pit” ROBA App as well as the groundbreaking app An Evening with Dave Grusin which Billboard Magazine called “The Future of Music.” Both titles are currently for sale on iTunes.
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Ted Cikowski

Project Manager
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Ted Cikowski is the Cave's project manager and resident funny guy. He's assisted the Cave owners in one way or another since birth. He makes electronic music in his spare time and was also in the bands Bank Heist and Motorcycle Gang.
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Daniel Amigone

Producer/Writer
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Daniel Amigone is a writer and producer who has been working in the field of film and TV production for the last eight years. Over that span, Daniel has helped bring to life a wide variety of TV shows and feature length documentary films. With his roots in the historical documentaries of PBS’ vaunted series The American Experience, Daniel was able to learn from some of the best storytellers in the business such as the directors, Stephen Ives and Barack Goodman. While working with Ives at Insignia Films, Daniel was on the team that completed Roads To Memphis, The Panama Canal, and Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates.
Daniel has since honed his writing and producing chops working on The Animal Planet series Saved, National Geographic’s Abandoned, and over 30 segments for the Travel Channel’s established hit series Mysteries at the Museum. In the last few years, Daniel has produced verite shows for both A&E and The History Channel. Daniel joined forces with the team at Corner of the Cave Media in 2011 to serve as a segment producer on the hour special about philanthropy in education called Real Change: Artists For Education, which aired on CBS on April 23rd, 2013 that includes interviews and performances with Pitbull, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus.
Most recently, Daniel is field producing two series for HBO Sports including 24/7 Pacquio/Rios, and 24/7 NHL Winter Classic. He is a dynamic, energetic producer whose is unabashedly passionate about bringing fascinating, previously untold stories to a wide audience in a smart and insightful way.
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NATALIE DIAZ

Creative Director
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Natalie Bernhardt-Diaz is a South Florida native who earned a degree in fine art with a concentration in painting. Before slaving away as a professional designer, Natalie moved to Vienna, Austria where she taught art to K-12 students. With twelve years of experience in design and illustration, Natalie spearheads the Cave’s creativity in print and web design, branding and illustration.
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Tanya Ryan

Line Producer
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Tanya N. Ryan is the Cave’s line producer on ATL: Rise. Respect. Reign. and also serves as the Cave’s resident accountant. As president and CEO of two companies, TNR Accounting Services, Inc., and Looking Glass Pictures, Inc., Tanya has her hand in both “the books” and the TV and film production worlds. The statement “100% is possible 100% of the time” is one that is foremost in her mind at all times, weather she’s teaching a client how to interpret a financial statement or figuring out the best lighting for a particular camera shoot.

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Tanya moved to the USA in 1981 at the age of 19. She earned her first degree in Theatre but also quickly excelled in the accounting field, and after twelve years of working for others, decided to go to work for herself as an independent accountant. However, a love of images has been her deepest passion since receiving her first Kodak 110 camera for her tenth birthday. In 2004 she decided to go back to school to earn a BFA in film, and in 2007 graduated Magna Cum Laude from Miami International University for Art and Design. Her decision to go to film school was a means to a beginning. Using the media of film to reach millions of viewers, Tanya’s commitment to the planet is to shine a light on places and things the world so often wants to turn a blind eye to.

Tanya lives in Hollywood, Florida and can often be found reading everything on nutrition, or at the local farmer’s market trying out the latest exotic food; organic, of course. She also hosts a weekly women’s group where she mentors women in healthy eating and living.
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Jose Suarez

Assistant Editor
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Grand Master Jose Antonio Suarez, born Jose Antonio Suarez, was raised in Miami Dade County. GM Suarez started his career in production as a PA in 2013 and has worked in Miami, Orlando, and Los Angeles. He is now the Assistant Editor at The Cave but has long-term plans to one day write and direct a feature film. When not working, he can be found kicking ass at Fight Sports Miami although his professional MMA record stands at 0-0-0.
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Lauren Bronston

Associate Producer
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Lauren Bronston was primarily raised in the Washington D.C. area, but she has lived all around the U.S. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago, obtaining an Audio Engineering degree with honors. During her college career, a spark ignited a love and passion of television and film and she moved to the Motor City to pursue her goals. From there, she worked as a freelancer performing video editing and audio tech. Lauren left the wonders of the Detroit area and moved to Miami to chase her dreams of working in the entertainment industry full time. Almost immediately she secured an internship with the Cave, which eventually lead to her current gig as a Production & Post Assistant. In her free time, Lauren can be found checking out Miami's great eats or at the poker tables playing Hold 'Em. Lauren also writes scripts and treatments and aspires to submit a feature to the Academy Nicholl Fellowship.
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John Maass

Development
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John Maass is a producer/writer based in Miami. After he earned his J.D. at Duke University, John practiced corporate law in Miami, then decided to part ways with his jealous mistress and study filmmaking at Florida State University. His M.F.A. thesis film was screened at festivals in London, Tokyo, Germany, and Brazil. A few years later he produced and co-wrote the feature, “Curdled,” which Miramax Films financed and distributed.

Over the past ten years, John has focused on creating documentaries, including the feature, “Casa de los Arabes,” the story of a middle-eastern dance troupe in Havana. John has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Entertainment Law, Screenwriting, and Production in Miami since 2000.

The Cave and John have recently embarked on a synergistic adventure together, the development of a documentary and an episodic series about the most alluring murder mystery in Florida’s history. John grew up hearing his parents recount the sprawling, lurid tale in his hometown of West Palm Beach, where most of its events took place.

After years of living in his beloved Miami, and stints in Colombia and Brazil, John has managed to become fluent in heavily-accented Spanish and Portuguese.
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Erin Una Olson

Development
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Originally from Minnesota, Erin wandered through a number of artistic careers before settling into development at Corner of the Cave. She worked for many years as a professional costume designer for stage and screen in New York City, designing costumes for over 30 productions in NYC and at regional stages throughout the Northeast. After moving to Miami in 2009, Erin became the founder, lead artist, and head creative guru of Erin Una Art Entertainment, a company devoted to bringing the fine arts to high-end corporate and private events worldwide, where she painted commissioned pieces for clients such a L’Oreal, The Dallas Mavericks, Ferrari, Sony, Mastercard, and NBC. She missed the literary life of her college days, however, so she was thrilled to return to her writing and researching roots by switching creative gears to work in development for the Cave and collaborate with them on inspiring new projects for television and film. Erin has a BA from Harvard University and a MFA from Yale University.
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Jonathan Paine

Development
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A native of West Palm Beach, Jonathan has been an educator in his home town for almost twenty years and a documentary filmmaker for the past ten. In addition to teaching history, he is the director of a middle-school news station, produces documentaries, and teaches the art of filmmaking to his students.

Over the past few years, Jonathan, along with John Maass, has been researching and developing a documentary about one of the most notorious crimes in Florida history, a murder that shocked the world in the 1950s. He and Maass are now collaborating with Corner of the Cave on the documentary, as well as an episodic series that recounts the saga of the lurid case.
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Daniel Kaplan

Development Associate
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Daniel Kaplan was born and raised in Miami, Fl. He attended the University of Miami where he earned his B.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy. He has always had a passion for the ocean and the environment and a fascination with film and television. Since graduating from UM and starting his internship at the Cave he has become fixated on discovering a fresh and original way to combine these two interests. As one of the Cave’s development associates, his goal is to create engaging and interesting content about the environment to not just entertain audiences around the world but also inform them on the global environmental issues we face today. When Daniel is not in the Cave you can find him a few miles off Miami’s shore soaking up the sun, free diving and spearfishing on his 22’ Panga Boat.
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Robert Ramos

Development Associate
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Robert Ramos was born and raised on Miami Beach to second generation Cuban parents. He often enjoys a hardy breakfast, making short films and sketch comedy. While pursuing a B.A.S. degree in Film, Television, and Digital Production at Miami Dade College, Robert works with the Cave as a Development Associate. In spite of his age, Robby, as the Miami New Times has pointed out, is "12 flavors of creative and a hell of a lot smarter than he looks -- or behaves, for that matter. He's a painter, a filmmaker, a writer, a musician, a Caribbean holy man, a shamanic exhibitionist, and a rampant cynic who can often be found yelling like the Visigoth of Biscayne Bay, threatening to throw all the idiots over."

 

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  • What a pleasure it was to be part of YoungArts Week 2016! We were completely immersed in the world of master classes, performances and interviews of the most creative, talented young artists, writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and actors from all over the country. To conclude the week, YoungArts hosts their annual 800+ person Gala which...
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  • We spent some time in LA and teamed up with Vevo to produce and shoot an episode of a new series centered around spontaneous live performances in cool locations! Look for the webisode in February featuring LA born and bred hip-hop star Kid Ink performing his hit song "Be Real." Here's Rick in action directing!
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  • The Cave recently hooked up with the Godfather of Hip-Hop, Grandmaster Flash. We're tapping into Flash's unique style and personality in the hopes of creating a television series in the mold of Iconoclasts. Keep an eye out for this project we're developing in 2016!  
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  • The Cave is show running a 2-hr special for History Channel, produced by Texas Crew Productions (Friday Night Tykes, 30 For 30: Brian and the Boz), about the most notorious cold case in American history. Do these pics give you any hint of what's to come?!
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  • This week (6/7) kicks off the widely anticipated Discovery Channel favorite, Shark Week. We worked together with Beanfield Productions to bring captivating stories taking place deep within shark infested waters. Check out 4 hours of amazing content and stories with featured programs: Shark Fight, Day of the Shark II, Day of the Shark III and Summer...
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  • In February, we were approached by Nocturnal Network for a pretty cool opportunity to shoot EDM artist and producer Afrojack. The arduous task? To follow the Dutch musician on a three city tour of Brazil as he played to adoring crowds infused with who knows what! Tough job, we know--but someone has to do it!...
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  • COTC played a leading role in the TV production side of National YoungArts Week in Miami. YoungArts Week is a celebration of some of the most talented young artists from all disciplines in the United States and featured guest speakers such as Josh Groban, James Caan, Chris Young and Jeff Koons.
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  • Corner of the Cave has produced and promoted Iron Mike Production’s recent bouts in Pittsburgh, Tulsa and Dallas! Nothing like a steak from Mesquite, Texas and some boxing in Steel City!
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  • Never before has Atlanta's hip-hop community been brought together into a single room. The Cave, however, made it happen on August 31st with an invitation-only special theatrical event to see our film, co-EP’d with Ludacris! The event was the first showing of our 90-minute documentary for VH1's Rock Docs that investigates the rich and complex...
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  • The legendary boxing champ Mike Tyson paid a visit to the Corner of the Cave Media offices. We worked with him a bunch in 2014, including today’s filming for this :30 spot for the Miami Heat.
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  • It's game time! We are giving away a t-shirt, a bobble head, and an English language DVD to a lucky winner who can answer the three questions correctly. Submit your answers via Facebook, and we'll do a drawing for everyone who answers the three questions perfectly. Don't worry, we'll film it to make sure everything is...
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  • Corner of the Cave Media was shooting the UK's most famous female artist, Tracey Emin. We spent this past Saturday at MOCA in North Miami interviewing Tracey for a piece we're working on with the Knight Foundation for PBS. She's still wild and fun!
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  • Capturing the 'Salon' on our campus (where The Cave has offices) with Robert Redford, Sibylle Szaggars Redford and Dennis Scholl of the Knight Foundation.
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  • If you're in Miami tonight and have a little cash to spare, you really ought to come by and see WAY OF THE RAIN on the YoungArts campus. It's a truly fascinating multidisciplinary performance piece. Here's an image from last night's dress rehearsal of Robert Redford speaking--he's a part of the show.
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  • The Cave always has a blast with Pitbull! Take a look behind the scenes - the Cave shot some promotional videos for Pitbull's upcoming tour with Enrique Iglesias!
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  • Corner of the Cave recently became involved with The Children's Home Society of Florida! Cavemen Brandon & Randi are getting the set ready to shoot a PSA. Take a look at the link below to find out more about The Children's Home Society of Florida. https://www.chsfl.org
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  • Take a behind the scenes look at our Pitbull SLAM! shoot. A special thanks to Dale West, Michael Landsberg, and Jimmy O'Donnell!
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  • The National YoungArts Foundation has some exciting events coming up, and the Cave is going to be filming the whole time! Coming up next is Way of the Rain, a collaborative performance art piece that pays homage to Earth and its universal elements through the exploration of light, sound, color, and texture. The performance will be directed...
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  • The Cave helping the YoungArts Foundation out with their new projection on their/our campus in Miami. Their entire 7th floor of the building is a restaurant/bar/performance space and will be open to the public soon!
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  • The Cave recently shot in Costa Rica with Miami's own, @therealdjlaz. As you can tell, Brandon had a rough trip!
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  • The Cave's new office is finally coming together! It's official once the sign is hung!
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  • Check out caveman Brandon shooting Bass 2 Billfish. The episode was shot with NFL player Jarret Johnson!
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  • Randi, Lynn and Brad at the LifeTrak shoot!
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  • Randi, Brandon & Lynn on location at the Arsht Center in Miami for a 3-camera shoot capturing a tribute to Henry Mancini & Pink Panther @ 50. If you're wondering why Brandon's sleeves aren't rolled up so we can see his guns, well, we're wondering the same thing.
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  • Real Change - Ludacris Shoot We had such a good time with Ludacris producing and editing his Behind The Music, that we got him to participate in Season 2 of Real Change: Artists for Education. We took him back to his old high school, Banneker, in College Park, GA where he performed for 1,700 students! —...
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  • DVD's of FAR OUT are FINALLY here! Pre-Order NOW from the following link: http://firstrunfeatures.com/faroutisntfarenough.html The film will be available on iTunes and Netflix starting October 22nd.
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  • Rick's Edit today, as we make final preparations for Sunday's Premiere of Behind The Music: Ludacris @ 8pm on VH1!
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  • At our LA opening on Friday night, from left: Brad, Erik Neandross (Co-EP), Brandon & Rick.
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  • Brad, Brandon and Rick on set yesterday in Coconut Grove, FL.
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  • Ricky preparing for one of our next big projects...a 90-minute special for VH1!
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