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!
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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
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Silent movies are back! In just a moment we have a SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW with Peter Tavalin, a renowned and accomplish musical accompanist for silent film screenings. Peter will be improvising synthesized orchestral music accompaniment to our screening of BUSTER KEATON in THE BALLOONATIC on Sunday at 1:15 PM. (This short screens with THE BLACK BALLOON and THE RED BALLOON.) CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW!
Remember, THE ARTIST swept the Oscars and we have Penelope Ann Miller from THE ARTIST in town on Friday for an incredible luncheon at the Sarasota Yacht Club at Noon CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW and for an IN CONVERSATION on Saturday at 1:00 PM at the Sarasota High School CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW!
Peter Tavalin is an extraordinary performer and composer who toured New England in his youth, performed in Savannah at five-star hotels, and now resides in Sarasota, Florida. His venues extend to Gallery Openings, Private Parties, Fundraising Events, Special Occasions, Silent Movies and more. I had the great pleasure of chatting with Peter about his life and craft. It was musical and magical! CLICK HERE TO VISIT HIS SITE AND LEARN HOW TO CONTACT PETER FOR ENGAGEMENTS!
THE INSIDER: Was it a coincidence that your father accompanied silent movies?
PETER TAVALIN: Yes. When I told him what I was going to do, he told me he played his fiddle in a small group in Astoria, Queens. He worked with a drummer, a piano player and a trumpeter. They had six or eight musical themes
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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