The Sarasota Film Festival in the past decade and a half has developed a reputation in the independent film world to rival the best regional festivals in the world. Much of that came from affability, taste and determination of Tom Hall, the festival director who has played some role in programming the event for a decade but is leaving the Suncoast for the bright cinema scene in Montclair New Jersey.
But Hall said he will make himself available to the Sarasota festival organization for a full transition as needed. “I’ve completely left that up the organization at this point,” he said. “I’m happy to help them out and do whatever I can.”
He said ‘No’ to film school. He said ‘No’ to a studio offering to buy his script. Risky moves, yes, but telling – JB Whirtley wants to make movies his way, and his latest project, Bullet of Madness, a madcap dark comedy starring a plastic surgeon who snaps under pressure from the mafia and a deteriorating family life, is no exception. Continue reading
The Fabulous Independent Film Festival today announced its 2014 dates, with films screening at Burns Court Cinema from August 22-24. The festival will kick off with an Opening Night Party at MADE. The event, now entering its fourth year, brings the best work from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festivals in the United States, Canada and Europe.
“We are different from a regular film festival,” says founder Magida Diouri, Fabulous IFF founder. “We are trying to do some special things this year.
Catching Junior Tate, the new action-comedy from filmmaking duo Karl and Rhonda Wilson, co-owners of 2DB Productions, takes the audience down the dusty trail from Florida to Mexico, where bounty hunters, crooked cops and mobster thugs vie for custody of the eponymous fugitive, Junior Tate, and his multi-carat cargo. Continue reading
It began as a writing exercise by Marcus Alexander Hart. Caster served as a fictional alter-ego and Sarasota – where Hart spent most of the 90s – was his stomping grounds. A socially inept nerd hopelessly entranced by a beautiful free-spirited woman, Caster took to the web, soliciting advice from his real-life followers. The hoax lasted from 2004 to 2005, when Hart broke cover and turned his project into a novel, <i>Caster’s Blog – A Geek Love Story</i>, published in 2006.
Austin McKinley, playwright, novelist, director and old friend of Hart’s, wrote the first draft of a screenplay based on Caster’s Blog in 2007. Seven years, countless rewrites and one partnership with ManaSota Films later, McKinley has finished principal photography for a proof of concept short, filmed in Sarasota. Continue reading
Sanborn Studios executive are responding to news Sarasota County will sue the company with harsh words about the future of the region. “The County is sending a very clear message to all businesses that Sarasota is a dangerous place to do business,” said Kenneth Sanborn, CEO of Sanborn Studios. Continue reading