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

Steve McAllisterNo 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 Sarasota documents both his own experiences choosing to live without using money and chronicles the evolving debate on handling homelessness in Southwest Florida. Continue reading


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

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


VIDEO: Sarasota-made Red Wins 48-Hour Directing Award

It was an exciting evening for Sarasota film team This Oyster when their short-film Red took home the award for Best Directing at this year’s 48 Hour Film Project. And since we have an in with Evan Sigmund, co-director and SRQ Backlot senior photographer, we got the scoop on the filmmaking process and permission to share the film with our readers.  Continue reading

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Ringling College Announces Soundstage Complex; Film Community Moving Forward; Economic Development for Newtown

At an early morning press conference in the Keating Center, Ringling College of Art and Design revealed plans for its latest expansion, the Ringling College Soundstage Complex, in what appears to be a milestone for the development of Sarasota’s burgeoning film community.

The facility, to be constructed in the block between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 25th Street and stretching from Cocoanut Avenue to Central Avenue will be home to not only a soundstage, but also a professional post-production studio. Continue reading


Atlas Shrugged Brings Different Film View to Ringling

photo 1It took more than a decade to bring a version of Atlas Shrugged to the big screen and three films to do justice to Ayn Rand’s epic original tale. But last week producer Harmon Kaslow brought the final installment of the series, Atlas Shrugged III: Who is John Galt?, to Ringling College of Art and Design for a sneak peak. The libertarian message film brought out a more corporate crowd to the Academic Center auditorium than the normal art students that populate the campus, but Ringling president Larry Thompson said it was important to expose digital filmmaking students there to all kind of cinema.

Kaslow sat down with SRQ Backlot to discuss the film and its reception. Continue reading

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