Program: Sarasota Film Festival 2022

The 24th Annual Sarasota Film Festival is on its way! Check back soon for updated information, schedules and updates on what’s coming up.

Mixtape Trilogy: Stories Of The Power Of Music

MIXTAPE TRILOGY explores one of the most intense and unique relationships between people who rarely meet: music artists and their fans. Featuring Indigo Girls, Vijay Iyer, and Talib Kweli. The director unpacks the music and the audience is invited to fall into it. The art of listening unfolds and inspires us to listen to music, and, perhaps, each other, in new ways.

American Minefield: A John Sims Trilogy

In collaboration with The Ringling, SFF presents a retrospective of films by John Sims as well as a conversation with the artist. John Sims, a Detroit native, is a Sarasota-based conceptual/multimedia artist, writer, and activist who creates art and curatorial projects spanning the areas of installation, performance, text, music, film, and large-scale activism, informed by mathematics, design, the politics of white supremacy, sacred symbols/anniversaries, and poetic/political text. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC News, USA Today, NPR, The Guardian, Nature, and Scientific American, among others.


2020: (Di)Visions of America (59 mins) 


Responding to Covid 19, American policing and the pushback on Confederate iconography and systemic white supremacy, this filmed performance and theatrical installation examines these themes in the context of both Black Lives Matter and global citizenship. 


The AfroDixieRemixes: The Confederate Memorial Chapel Listening Session (64 mins)


This documentary film captures a series of responses to artist John Sims’ 13 year AfroDixie Remixes project, a collection of 14 tracks that remixes, remaps, and cross-appropriates of the song Dixie (the anthem of the Confederacy) in the style of the following Black-music genres: spiritual, blues, gospel, jazz, funk calypso, samba, soul, rhythm & blues, house, and hip-hop.


The third film, Recoloration Proclamation (30 mins) captures the artist’s 20 years journey in confronting the Confederate symbols, the propriety of south Heritage in pursuit of restorative justice and national healing.

In Conversation with Jacqueline Bisset

The In Conversation With series features in-depth interviews with iconic Hollywood artists led by a member of the national press. Join us for a unique opportunity to learn from and experience the contemporary architects of cinema first-hand. 


Screen legend and Golden Globe® winner Jacqueline Bisset has appeared in countless classics like “Bullitt”, “Airport”, and “Murder On The Orient Express”. Over the past 55+ years, Jacqueline’s prolific career has seen her both work with famed auteurs (like François Traffaut on “Day For Night” and George Cukor on his final film “Rich And Famous”) and make box office hits out of films like “The Deep” and “Class” with her effortless beauty, poignancy, and charm. Just a few of her notable performances include her work in “Under The Volcano”, “The Sleepy Time Gal”, “Anna Karenina”, “The Grasshopper”, and “Welcome To New York”. Jacqueline will discuss everything from her early work opposite James Brolin in 1967’s “The Cape Town Affair” to her award- winning performance in 2013’s “Dancing On The Edge” to her latest role in SFF’s 2022 Closing Night Film: “Loren & Rose”. 

Hollywood Nights 2 (High School)

The culmination of student participation in SFF Education programs is showcased at Hollywood Nights. Complete with a lively red carpet, this event features screenings from local up-and- coming filmmakers, ages 8 to 18. Students have an opportunity to premiere their films in a theatrical setting while competing for awards. 

Hollywood Nights 1 (All Ages)

The culmination of student participation in SFF Education programs is showcased at Hollywood Nights. Complete with a lively red carpet, this event features screenings from local up-and- coming filmmakers, ages 8 to 18. Students have an opportunity to premiere their films in a theatrical setting while competing for awards. 

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