FRIDAY GO-TO GUIDE! SFF'S SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR! Matinee Madness! Penelope Ann Miller! Cinema Tropicale! The Flying Wallenda Family! Centerpiece Film! Todd Solondz! SFF@SCF!
Final day of Matinee Madness! All tickets before 5 PM only 8 bucks!
Wow, where to start? Incredible movies? Check! Spectacular events? Check! It's like a three ring circus today at SFF (and could that possibly have been a not so segue to spotlighting today's 5:30 PM screening of THE SHOW MUST GO ON at the Sarasota Opera House, a riveting documentary about Sarasota's own Flying Wallenda Family?) Yep, you got me! I had the pleasure of speaking with that film's director plus Tino Wallenda and several members of his family about the film and their incredible lives (I had no idea the Wallendas have been doing this for 200 years and have been in Sarasota since the 1920s, amazing!) The Flying Wallenda Family will be on the Red Carpet at 4:45 PM in support of this touching and thrilling film. (And Tino is scheduled to perform the high wire tonight at Cinema Tropicale!) CLICK THE GREEN BUTTON TO LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW!
And before we get to it, here's another filmmaker interview, this one with IN OUR NATURE director Brian Savelson! IN OUR NATURE stars Jena Malone (who will be here for after screening Q&As with Brian! Sweet!), John Slattery (MAD MEN), Gabrielle Union (Bring it On) and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights). CLICK THE GREEN BUTTON TO LISTEN TO BRIAN SAVELSON!
One more time! Jena Malone from SUCKER PUNCH, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, INTO THE WILD and more tonight at the Q&A!
THE HOT SHEET: EVENTS
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12:00 PM SARASOTA YACHT CLUB - FILMMAKER LUNCHEON WITH PENELOPE ANN MILLER! Meet film icon Penelope Ann Miller (THE ARTIST) and get a complimentary ticket to Penelope's IN CONVERSATION (Saturday at 1 PM at Sarasota High School).
4:45 PM SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE - Red Carpet Event with the Flying Wallenda Family in support of-
5:30 PM BRADENTON at the Neel Auditorium on the State College of Florida Campus: FREE WOMEN IN FILM PANEL featuring the legendary DEBRA ZIMMERMAN from WOMEN MAKE MOVIES and SFF fave filmmakers Ingrid Veninger! Yes, I said FREE!!!
7:30 PM SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE - Screening of DARK HORSE, our Centerpiece film with director TODD SOLONDZ and star JORDAN GELBER in attendance for after-screening Q&A!
9:00 PM SARASOTA YACHT CLUB - CINEMA TROPICALE! Meet the stars under the stars! Tino Wallenda scheduled to walk the high wire! Music and fun and celebration of film as only SFF can deliver.
(FILM LIST RIGHT AFTER THE FOLLOWING - KEEP ON SCROLLING! :)
WANT A QUICK VISUAL PRIMER ON JUST A FEW OF PENELOPE ANN MILLER'S INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS? HERE YA GO!
HOW ABOUT IN OUR NATURE STAR JENA MALONE? HERE YA GO!
THE HOT SHEET: FILMS AT REGAL CINEMAS HOLLYWOOD 20 WITH FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!
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Josh (Jon Abrams) is a cocksure techie working in a corporate I.T. department when he meets Lucy (Mickey Sumner), an up and coming executive looking for Mr Right. When Lucy encounters a handsome stranger outside of the office, she decides to place an ad in an online Missed Connections site in the hopes of finding true love. But when Josh intercepts the message and, with the help of his friends, undertakes a plot to steer Lucy into his own arms, things get complicated in a hurry. MISSED CONNECTIONS is lighthearted fun, a truly independent comedy for the age of online romance.
Director RY RUSSO YOUNG (an SFF alum) co-wrote the script for this film with Lena Dunham, director of Tiny Furniture and creator/star of HBO's breakout hit GIRLS. The film stars Olivia Thirlby (JUNO), John Krasinski (THE OFFICE) and Jane Levy (SUBURGATORY).
Martine (Olivia Thirlby) is a New York based video artist working on her latest piece when she arrives in L.A. to collaborate with a professional sound engineer named Peter (John Krasinski). Invited into Peter’s home by his wife Julie Rosemarie DeWitt), Martine soon begins to upset the order of things, driving a wedge between Julie and Peter and forcing them to confront the state of their feelings for one another. Ry Russo-Young’s NOBODY WALKS is a compelling drama about the seductive power of creativity and the impact of attraction on the lives of her carefully drawn, deeply flawed characters.
Part of our Narrative Feature Competition!
Arcadia won director Olivia Silver the coveted Crystal Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival for Generation Kplus Best Film. Starring Oscar-nominnee John Hawkes (WINTER'S BONE). Says Olivia Silver about this cross-country road trip seen through the eyes of young siblings, "So many of us experience families splitting up, family roadtrips, and that messy time of becoming an adolescent, and yet for some reason not that many films portray it realistically — as it feels to someone going through it. If people watch Arcadia and recognize and remember moments from their own childhoods, I'll be happy."
The feature length directorial debut of Adele Romanski, producer of THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER. Recommended by Amy Seimetz! Erin (Megan Boone) and Cal (David Nordstrom) are a couple on the verge of reunion; having broken up the previous year, the pair decide to take a camping trip together to test the waters. As they spend time together, their old wounds and habits begin to rise to the surface. Despite their best intentions, what was intended to be a romantic getaway turns into something much more profound. Adele Romanski’s LEAVE ME LIKE YOU FOUND ME explores the fertile territory of a troubled romance to examine the difficulty of change and overcoming our failures in love.
Part of our Documentary Feature Competition!
A lovely time with a wonderful filmmaker! Eccentric, ecclectic friiends gather for a wedding like no other. Says writer/director OnurTukel, "I love the dialogue-driven movies of Woody Allen, Richard Linklater, Noah Baumbach and Whit Stillman. I always wanted to make a New York ensemble movie." And he has!
Dominick Monaghan from LOST and director Douglas Aarniokoski in attendance for after screening Q&A! Star Ashley Bell says about the film's last screening:
"The audience was incredible. They screamed and cheered every time my character killed one of the bad guys. What more affirmation could I want? Run! See it! It is a visceral experience that is not only entertaining, but leaves you questioning the limits you would go to survive."
Part of our Documentary Feature Competition! For fans of How to Die in Oregon!
The Sundance blockbuster! Recipient of the 2012 TERRY PORTER AWARD!
And here's a cool bit of synchronicity! The actor in that still for V/H/S is Calvin Reader, writer/director of The Oregonian, recipent of our INDEPENDENT VISIONS AWARD at SFF last year!
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