Crafters and action movie fans rejoice! After two successful months, Lawrenceville gift shop Wildcard decided to extend its exhibition Craft Hard: Art Inspired by Action Movies until August 8th. The show, which opened on June 22nd and was originally scheduled to run until July 22nd, reinterprets action movie heroes through art forms such as needlepoint, quilting, illustration, sewing, screen-printing, and wood-working. The venue sweetened the deal with the addition of a special closing night screening of the Miami Connection, a re-discovered martial arts movie from the era of big hair, big muscles, and cheesy music.
Directed by Grandmaster Y.K. Kim, Miami Connection tells the story of fearless synth rock band Dragon Sound as they embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice on the streets of Orlando. When motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf, it’s up to Mark (Kim) and the boys to destroy the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”…and the entire Miami Connection! Made in 1987, the long-lost film was acquired by Drafthouse Films, who re-released it last year.
Miami Connection screens on August 8th at 7 p.m. Guest can also enjoy free snacks and drinks, and late-night shopping until 9 p.m. The Craft Hard closing night is presented as part of Shop Late Night in Lawrenceville, a monthly event supporting the neighborhood’s local and independent retail businesses.