Of the more than 700 films submitted to the Miami Short Film Festival from across the world, only 74 make it to the big screen, chosen for their excellence in abbreviated movie-making. Selections on display at each of the fest’s five days of screening include narrative films, animation, music videos, and three-act family-vacation slideshows. This year’s choices include Juan Manuel Ortiz’s Domingo, whose stark filming style catches the eye as it explores environmental concerns, and Mark Nickelsburg’s Harry Grows Up, the tale of an 18-month-old child living on his own in New York City.
At Just Right Car Wash, a team of fiberglass-friendly technicians reveals like-new rides after thorough 30- to 90-minute washing services. The fully equipped facility handles cars, SUVs, and well-disguised elephants with car-safe products and equipment. Regular washes chip away built-up grit and grime with an outside washing, interior vacuuming, and liquid-wax finish, and super washes include an interior shampoo or exterior wax. Ultimate washes leave surfaces shining as brilliantly as Rudolph's pilot-exam scores with a wax and buff plus an interior and exterior detail. While Just Right's technicians shine tires and toss in a complimentary air-freshener, clients can explore nearby art galleries or visit a local salon.
Whether by suds, professional polish, leather conditioners, or tinted window film, the technicians at Miami Auto Spa keep cars looking sharp enough to make a stop sign blush. All washes are performed by hand. Details, with the help of Wolfgang sealants, Klasse polishes, and shampoos, reach every crevice of the car and transform it into a shiny, new-looking ride. Cars don’t need to be dirty to benefit here, though. Window tinting gives the car a sleek look and the driver protection and privacy, and rim repairs further add to the car’s overall aesthetic.
Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.
As a franchise of the Valero fuel company, Vinales Valero gases up, cleans, repairs, and maintains import and domestic vehicles with the same trusty, well-trained service it's been doling out for more than 15 years. Nestled in the shadow of nearby Marlins Park, Vinales Valero takes in mud-splattered trucks or cars in need of tune-ups, with skilled mechanics treating them to thorough hand washings, wheel alignments, AC repair, oil changes, and detailed explanations of the infield fly rule. Inside, glistening fridges keep frosty beverages refreshingly cool, and rich Pilon coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and relish-topped hot dogs keep customers pleasantly refueled.