Tony Stopperan Anticipates Homecoming For ‘Paradise’

Few productions have generated as much enthusiasm among Sarasota’s filmmaking community as Paradise, FL, a movie shot largely in Cortez with a team consisting primarily of locals.  A buzzworthy operation that showcases both the location and the professional assets has many hoping the film will be the project that raises Sarasota’s cinema profile on a national scale, and now the film has a spot in the Sarasota Film Festival.

At a press unveiling of the festival program for 2015, the announcement of Paradise as an official selection, while surprising no one, drew applause from gathered sponsors and filmmakers. “That makes you feel good,” says writer-producer Tony Stopperan, with a wry grin across his face.
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Leachman and Seymour to be Honored at SFF Award Luncheon

Sarasota Film Festival programming director Michael Dunaway has announced an award luncheon scheduled for April 19 at the Sarasota Yacht Club to honor SFF guests actors Cloris Leachman and Jane Seymour. Both will be receiving awards. Continue reading Leachman and Seymour to be Honored at SFF Award Luncheon

The Filmography of Oren Moverman

By Nina Edelsbacher

Oren Moverman, a former journalist based in New York City, a writer and film director, will be attending the screening of his own movie, Time Out Of Mind, on the opening night of The Sarasota Film Festival on Friday, April 10. He will also be given the Hearts and Minds of Independent Film Award. But what can audiences expect from the director?

Time Out Of Mind is a movie about a homeless man, George, fighting the low temperatures of New York after being kicked out of his apartment. He then searches for temporary homes and has many opportunities to reconnect with his daughter, Maggie. The film takes pain and sentiment to the next level with the story of how George builds his life back up.

Oren Moverman has been recognized as one of America’s foremost independent filmmakers. He creates films to move all kinds of people with the reality and the great truth that many of us avoid to prevent sorrow. He pays great attention to visual style and the way we live. His films are based on real life obstacles and show the unwanted parts of today’s society.

In 2009, Moverman created one of the most moving war films of all time, The Messenger. It is extremely surprising that The Messenger was actually his first film as a director. The Messenger tells a story about an injured soldier, Will, that returns home to finish the rest of his duty in the Army’s Casualty Notification service. He is teamed up with a veteran officer, Tony Stone, and as they both deal with great pain, they create a strong bond. Will then finds himself tangled in a problem when he falls in love with Olivia, a widow of a fallen soldier. The way the film is told makes people care for the characters and really feel the pain they felt. You instantly get sucked into the story because of how it was presented.

Moverman has now created many movies, including I’m Not There and Rampart. We are so very thrilled to have Oren Moverman attend the opening night to see the screening of Time Out Of Mind, and we are excited and interested about what he’s going to create next.

Blythe Danner Coming to Sarasota Film Festival with Closing Night Film

Legendary actress Blythe Danner (Meet The Parents) will attend the Sarasota Film Festival this year with the Closing Night Film, I’ll See You In My Dreams. Danner, who will also receive the festival’s Impact Award this year, stars in the Brett Haley-directed feature. Haley will also attend the Sarasota event.

The festival will also open with Time Out of Mind, a feature about homelessness starring Richard Gere (Chicago, An Officer And A Gentleman). Director Oren Moverman, who seven years ago came to SFF with the Opening Night film The Messenger, will be in attendance as well.

The Sarasota Film Festival this year will run from April 10-19.  Continue reading Blythe Danner Coming to Sarasota Film Festival with Closing Night Film

Skyway Film Festival Accepting Submissions

Organizers for the Skyway Film Festival, a new festival being launched in Manatee County with the support of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is accepting submissions between now and May 1. The event is scheduled for June 12-14 and will screen roughly 50 films, including both features and shorts. Continue reading Skyway Film Festival Accepting Submissions

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