Sarasota Film Festival Screening Elf To Kick Off Moonlight Movies

A screening of the holiday classic Elf on Dec. 22 by Payne Park will kick off the Sarasota Film Festival’s Moonlight Movies series this year. The movie will be projected against the side of the Sarasota Police headquarters downtown, and the police department will co-host the event as part of the new Blue+Movies+You Program.

The free event will also feature an appearance by comedian Les McCurdy, being billed as “Sarasota’s favorite Elf,” and food will be gathered as part of The Mayors Feed The Hungry campaign in Sarasota and for All Faiths Food Bank.

Ringling grad Michelle Phan featured in this year’s YouTube Rewind

‘Epic’ is a word that gets thrown around online, and certainly YouTube isn’t shy about the term. But getting prominent placement in an annual YouTube Rewind video should count as an epic accomplishment, especially for a celebrity like Michelle Phan who bases her fame capital on the metrics of the web.

In its “YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014″ video, YouTube included Phan, famous for her web tutorials on applying make-up, in multiple scenes, most prominently in a montage of web celebs like PewtiePie and the Fine Bros. getting doused in an homage to the Ice Bucket Challenge; Phan manages to be the only one to avoid the fashion faux pas on having ice water make your mascara run. Continue reading Ringling grad Michelle Phan featured in this year’s YouTube Rewind

Nik Wallenda Completes Chicago Skywalk

Sarasota daredevil Nik Wallenda completed a high-profile skywalk in Chicago Sunday event, including walking a pass of tightrope between Marina Tower West and East while blindfolded. In a press conference afterward, he credited his faith for his successes.

“My faith plays a key role in every aspect of my life, not just my performance,” he said.

The blindfolded part of the event drew the most media attention, but followed a dramatic walk from the Leo Burnett Building at a sharp angle to Marina Tower. That walk was the highest skywalk Wallenda had performed. Wallenda is the most famous member today of the Sarasota-based Wallenda family, known for decades for The Flying Wallendas highwire act.

The stunt was broadcast live on The Discovery Channel as part of the broadcast special Skyscraper Live With Nik Wallenda. Wallenda also conducted pre- and post-event press conferences webcast online.

Adrian Grenier To Bring Ringling Into His Entourage

Actor and filmmaker Adrian Grenier will visit the Ringling College of Art and Design in November to screen his 2010 film Teenage Paparazzo and participate in the Studio Lab program at the school. Continue reading Adrian Grenier To Bring Ringling Into His Entourage

VIDEO: Steve McAllister Documents Homeless Experience First-Person in Home Free

No single political issue in Sarasota County, Florida has lingered so large in local politics as homelessness. Debates about shelters, housing programs and the balance between commerce and compassion have led to friction and volatile discourse between various government agencies in the region.

For local filmmaker Steve McAllister, the homeless experience is one he knows first hand. Through the creation of a web series dubbed Home Free, the Sarasotan documents both his own experiences choosing to live without using money and chronicles the evolving debate on handling homelessness in Southwest Florida. Continue reading VIDEO: Steve McAllister Documents Homeless Experience First-Person in Home Free

The Man Behind The Bat: Award-winning Producer Michael Uslan Coming To Ringling College

The Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office is bringing Hollywood producer Michael Uslan to Ringling College for a night of film discussion and insider storytelling on November 12.

Best known for his involvement with the Batman film franchise, Uslan was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Tim Burton’s 1989 film starring Michael Keaton and has been an executive producer for every live-action Batman film since Continue reading The Man Behind The Bat: Award-winning Producer Michael Uslan Coming To Ringling College

Plaza Returning to Ringling College

Aubrey Plaza will meet with students of Ringling College of Art and Design today to launch the sixth season of the Ringling College Studio Lab, when her recent feature film Life After Beth will screen and she and director Jeff Baena will participate in a Q&A. Plaza, of course, has been to Ringling before, visiting last March. Before going to tonight’s event, you can read our coverage from last year: Continue reading Plaza Returning to Ringling College

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