Our Iconic Skyline

When a proposed high-rise condo tower threatened to permanently alter the look of Miami Beach’s “Hotel Row,” the owners of the National asked us to tell their story — how the 84-year-old Art Deco gem, along with the Delano and Ritz Plaza hotels, had helped define Golden Age Miami Beach, and how the current fight [...]

Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, in 2019 HistoryMiami Museum unveiled Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities, an exhibition chronicling the struggles and triumphs of LGBTQ people, from the city's founding in 1896 through the present. For the exhibition, Hammer and Nail produced a series of 11 videos featuring interviews [...]

Hurricane Andrew: 25 Years Later

On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida. “The Big One,” as Andrew came to be known, claimed 44 lives and caused more than $25 billion in damage to the area. At the time, it was the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history.  To mark the 25th anniversary of the storm in 2017, [...]

Now Screening

Founded in 1959, the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) created a vibrant film scene on the island. It also encouraged an approach to film posters that favored an expressive, graphic arts style. Unlike traditional film posters, made by lithography since the earliest days, ICAIC posters continue to be produced by hand, employing [...]

Beyond the Game: Sports and the Evolution of South Florida

In 2016, Hammer and Nail founder Gaspar González guest curated Beyond the Game: Sports and the Evolution of South Florida for HistoryMiami Museum. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition chronicled the sporting events and institutions that have mirrored and shaped the growth of the region since the 1920s. For Beyond the Game, Hammer and Nail produced two original short [...]

Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus

From 1960 to 1962, in response to the perceived threat posed by the communist government of Fidel Castro, more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children were relocated to the United States by the U.S. State Department and the Catholic Welfare Bureau. In 2015, HistoryMiami Museum mounted Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children's Exodus, a major exhibition [...]

Professor Burt

In 2013, when not a lot of people knew where to look for him, we found Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds teaching acting classes near his hometown of Riviera Beach, Florida. Producer Gaspar González wrote this everything-comes-full-circle tale (“Professor Burt”) for the ESPN website Grantland, to go along with a series of short videos in which [...]