An Academy Award, Golden Globe, and multiple Emmy nominee, Greg Kinnear has brought depth, charisma, and intelligence to characters who engage audiences on multiple emotional levels. He’ll discuss his journey to his highly-anticipated directorial debut, PHIL, the 2019 SFF Closing Night film.
Through incisive, masterful interpretations on stage and screen of women who reflect their time and yet set their own course, Tony and Emmy nominee Anne Heche has beguiled audiences and put her own spin on multiple genres. She’ll discuss a career rich in substance, style, and dedication to her craft.
A beloved performer in films, on TV, and on the New York stage, Blythe Danner discusses a captivating career and life that includes two Emmy awards, a Tony award, and endearing turns in movies including THE TOMORROW MAN, a SFF 2019 Spotlight selection.
SWING TIME IN LIMOUSIN is a story through the eyes of Jean Marie-Masse of how friendship and music transcend boundaries. A French drummer, Jean-Marie Mass helped unconditionally promote black American music during a time when segregation and racism were terribly active.
Can you make a film in a weekend? The 2019 Sarasota Film Festival gives aspiring filmmakers a great opportunity not only to make a short film during the festival but also have it play on the big screen in front of a live audience. Participants create a short film based on given elements and chosen themes, having just one weekend for everything – from idea to delivery. The filmmakers are recognized by awards and prizes, including best film, the audience award, best cinematography, best acting, and more.
Facing a mid-life crisis, Phil McGuire (Greg Kinnear) is struggling to get through his days as a dentist after the collapse of his marriage and estrangement from his daughter. When patient Michael Fisk (Bradley Whitford) comes for a morning check-up and brags about his charmed and blessed life with his successful wife (Emily Mortimer), Phil sinks further into despair while trying to figure out why some people seem “to have it all.” But when he discovers that Michael Fisk unexpectedly commits suicide, Phil goes on a quest to find out what possibly could have gone wrong — and goes on a darkly comedic adventure that he never could have possibly expected. Jay Duplass (TRANSPARENT), Taylor Schilling (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), and Luke Wilson (MEADOWLAND) round out the outstanding ensemble cast. Director and star Greg Kinnear will be in attendance.
A joint PSA competition, organized in partnership with the Sarasota County School Board. The contest involves local middle and high school students creating public service announcements on a variety of topics, while competing for prizes over $12,500.
SFF Education and the buildOn Foundation are partnering to present a special screening of the new Netflix film THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND, about a thirteen year old boy in Malawi who invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine, based on the true story of William Kamkwamba. SFF Education partnered with the buildOn Foundation to engage local students in impactful community service, helping raise funds to build a school in Malawi, Africa. Preceding the screening, SFF will host a brief presentation featuring past buildOn participants who worked to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy for students in impoverished countries. The panelists will speak about their powerful experiences and show videos.
Wendie Malick has graced our screens with an illustrious film and television career gaining prominence on the small screen as Nina Van Horn in “Just Shoot Me” which earned her 1 Golden Globe and 2 Emmy nominations. Wendie also starred in “Hot in Cleveland” earning a People’s Choice Award and SAG nomination for Best Ensemble as well as “Dream On” earning 4 Cable Ace Awards. Other television credits include, “Frasier,” “Big Day,” “Good Company,” “Rush Hour,” with recurring arcs on “This Is Us,” “The Ranch,” “American Housewife,” “Pitch,” “Darrow and Darrow,” and “NYPD Blue.” Wendie’s television guest appearances include “Seinfeld,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Mom,” “CSI,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “LA Law,” and “The X-Files.” Animated television credits include appearances on “Jimmy Neutron,” Spongebob Squarepants,” and “Bojack Horseman” which received an Annie Nomination.
Her career on the big screen includes credits such as “Adventureland,” “Fifty-Nothing,” “Jerome,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Waiting,” “Racing Stripes,” “The American President,” “On Edge,” “Trojan Wars,” “Raising Genius,” “Mr. Mikes Mondo Video,” “A Little Sex,” “The Goods,” “Bugsy,” “Funny About Love,” “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”
Wendie’s theatre credits include off broadway renditions of “Burleigh Grimes” and “North Shore Fish,” “Big Night” at the Kirk Douglas Theater, “The Underpants” at the Geffen, “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Helen Gahagan Douglas” at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, “The Santaland Diaries” at the Coast Playhouse, “Love Letters” at the Laguna Playhouse, “The Guys” at the Studio Arena and Columbia University, “Blithe Spirit” and “What Is The Cause Of Thunder” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival as well as “Closure” at the New Jersey Reperatory Theatre.
Malick’s passion for animal and humanitarian efforts is shown through her work on the Board of The Environmental Media Association, as well as being a spokesperson for The Humane Society of the United States and Return to Freedom, a wild horse sanctuary and advocacy group.
Across several decades and almost every genre, RICHARD JENKINS has brought his distinctive portrayals of American everymen and extraordinary characters to film and TV, earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination, a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nom, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. His incisive performances have lit up films as varied as Intolerable Cruelty, The Visitor, Step Brothers, Eat Pray Love, and The Shape of Water. He’ll discuss his creative journey through stage and screen, his many memorable roles, and his newest film, SFF Closing Night selection The Last Shift.
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