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Save the date for SFF 2013: April 5-14!
In the film Moulin Rouge the extraordinary stage show meant to top all that had come before was called the SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR! For me, that was this year at the festival. A dazzling high wire act complete with pyrotechnics as the Flying Wallenda Family performed at our Cinema Tropicale celebration at the glorious Sarasota Yacht Club (followed by an encore at our President's Dinner inside the Sarasota Opera House)! Amazing breakdancing "robots" tearing it up at our opening night party at the Van Wezel in honor of the truly amazing ROBOT & FRANK. WWE Superstar wrestlers Rey Mysterio and Kelly Kelly walking the red carpet for THE DAY (did you see the little boy dressed like Rey, complete with mask and championship belt?) Frank Langella signing books and kissing babies at Bookstore1 as if he were running for office. (And you know what I've been saying from day one of the festival, I think he will be competing early next year in the Oscar race for his incredibly nuanced and touching performance in Robot & Frank, just like Christopher Plummer who was here with Beginners then went on to take the award! We had Dominic Monaghan from LOST and LORD OF THE RINGS, Ashley Bell, Jena Malone, Jess Weixler, the wonderful and gracious Jordan Gelber (star of Todd Solondz's Dark Horse)... the list goes on and on.
The most spectacular aspect of all from this year's festival was the emphasis on FILMS and FILMMAKERS. With over 235 films to choose from
DON'T FORGET, all films today before 5:00 PM are only 8 bucks! Today we have a great audio interview with Peter Sanders, director of Altina, co-hosted by morning drive radio superstar Robyn Davis from WWPR 1490 AM's Henry Raines Show! Listen to Henry's show for more great talk and some SFF surprises!
And tonight's the night for Rory Kennedy's IN CONVERSATION at the Sarasota High School at 5:30 PM! This is your chance to see history come alive as Rory discusses her film ETHEL (all about the extraordinary life of her mother Ethel Kennedy, wife of Robert Kennedy.) CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW!
SPOTLIGHT FILM WITH FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE: ALTINA DIRECTED BY PETER SANDERS
A sheltered heiress who grew up cloistered in one of New York City's most richly-historied mansions, kept, along with her sisters and beautiful young mother under lock and key by a well-meaning but domineering, old world tycoon father, Altina Schinasi Miranda (1907-1999), a pre-feminist visionary, broke wildly free of her constraints and forged a free-spirited, civically active, and creatively prolific life.
Altina screens at 5:45 PM today. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW!
CLICK THE GREEN "PLAY" BUTTON TO HEAR THE DIRECTOR DISCUSS HIS FILM!
ALSO TODAY WITH FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE (Click on the titles to buy tickets!)
NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING
NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING examines Adele, a young woman dying to escape Bartow, FL. Driven by the
When she was a young woman, Ethel Skakel met a handsome young man on a skiing trip and they soon fell in love and married. That man, Bobby Kennedy, went on to become one of the central figures in American politics in the 1950's and 60's. But few know Ethel Kennedy's own amazing story, the story of a wife, mother and humanitarian who experienced first hand some of the most important events of our times. In Ethel, director Rory Kennedy shares her mother's story with grace, humor and a deep passion for life, creating one of the most entertaining documentary films of the year.
Ethel screens Sunday, April 15 @ 6:45 PM with Rory Kennedy in Attendance and Monday, April 16 @ 7:30 PM with Rory Kennedy in Attendance.
Rory Kennedy will also appear IN CONVERSATION on Monday, April 16 @ 5:30 PM at Sarasota High School.\
THE INSIDER: What inspired you to make a documentary about your mother's life?
RORY KENNEDY: My mother is an extraordinary woman. I was inspired to share her personal history with a broader audience. She has lived a remarkable life, a life that is intertwined with our collective national history. She has been on the front lines of many major events in American history. So her story and that of my family, is, in many ways, an American story. I certainly learned a lot in making this film—and I hope it has something to offer.
THE INSIDER: Did you expect her to agree to serving as your subject?
RORY KENNEDY: I thought she would never do it.
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Read all about it, beginning with our In Conversation news! The always amazing Penelope Ann Miller from The Artist and the sensational Rory Kennedy (director of Ethel) have joined our astonishing In Conversation series this year. And the legendary and brilliant journalist and author David Carr (last year's Opening Night film Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times) will moderate our conversation with Todd Solondz, the eye-opening auteur behind our fantastic Centerpiece Film Dark Horse.) And we have the shining star of screen and stage Frank Langella from our Opening Night film Robot & Frank chatting it up with New York Magazine and NPR Fresh Air's David Edelstein in our Inside the Actor's Studio-style presentation. (Click here or on any of our four participants' names to buy tickets now for their In Conversation presentations!)
But wait, there's more In Conversation news! As part of our SFF@SCF program we are offering a free In Conversation in Manatee County, In Conversation with Women in Film. This panel discussion will be held Friday, April 20 at 5:30 PM at the Neel Performing Arts Center on the campus of The State College of Florida. Panelist include Debra Zimmerman (Executive Director, Women Make Movies), Ingrid Veninger (Director, I Am a Good Person/I am a Bad Person) and more panelist still to be announced. So watch this space for the deets!
FRANK LANGELLA BOOK SIGNING
Head over to Bookstore1 to reserve your copy of Frank Langella's brilliant, revealing and
To quote the X-Files, "the truth is out there" and we couldn't be more thrilled! We have our biggest line-up of movies ever with 235 films from over 30 countries and our most fascinating and eclectic array of guests ever. So sit back and let your friendly neighborhood Insider fill you in on all the deets from last night's incredible Sponsor Launch at the always amazing Marie Selby International Botanical Gardens!
Tickets for films, passes, and packages go on sale 11am on Friday, March 23, at our box office conveniently located within the lobby of Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20. Or you can buy tickets directly from our new online ticketing on this very website. How convenient! But, as they say, you ain't seen nothing yet, because we're also offering an incredible new Sarasota Film Festival iPhone app that lists all our movies, showtimes, venues, parties and events with convenient filters and searches to help you find exactly what you're looking for and rate what you see!
Already announced are Frank Langella for our Opening Night film Robot and Frank (along with the film's director Jake Schreier) and Todd Solondz, director of Dark Horse, our Centerpiece film. (And here's a cool bit of casting news for you: Frank Langella has just been cast with Christopher Plummer from SFF 2011 to appear in Stephen Frears' upcoming HBO film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight. Plummer will play Supreme Court Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan II with Langella in the role of
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