Category Archives: Movies

Larry Thompson

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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Tom Murray’s Final Film Centerpiece for Fabulous IFF

A Sarasota director’s final work will be host its world premiere at the Fabulous Independent Film Festival this weekend. Tom Murray’s Queerituality, a documentary interviewing members of the LGBT community about their own spirituality, serves as the film’s centerpiece film.

“Tom Murray was a very kind and inquisitive man,” says Magida Diouri, Fabulous IFF founder. “He loved making documentaries and I have presented every one of his films over the years.  It is an honor to be able to present his last film. ” Continue reading

Bloody Violet

Video: Bloody Violet teases, twists

Sarasota director Sean Haitz has released the new teaser for Bloody Violet, the film concept he is entering into the new Project Greenlight competition this year. We must admit we want to see where this goes and hope Ben Affleck and Matt Damon do as well. The teaser starts with one character strung out and seeking dope, then shows another in psychotic fit kill her roommate before the characters’ paths cross. The killer grows increasingly paranoid as she sees the witness seemingly stalking her around every corner, but it’s the last few seconds when everything we we seen until that point gets tossed on its ear that has us confused and titillated. Watch the video below the fold.  Continue reading

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Paradise, FL Crew Wraps Shoot in Southwest Florida

Filming just wrapped for the feature-length Paradise, FL, a movie about a Cortez fisherman dealing with an addiction to pills and a troubled family life, just wrapped production this week. Now filmmakers are looking toward a hefty editing process and bringing the story to viewers.

“We’ve high hopes, as any independent film does,” said writer-producer Tony Stopperan. “Our aim is to hit the film festivals circuit and make a splash. With rich performances, excellent directing, production value realized through superior design and utilization of ‘functioning’ locations, and a strong story we should make waves, waves that belie the relative youthful team at the helm of this picture and the limited budget.”

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Slasher filmmaker Haitz turns eyes toward Project Greenlight

Could a local filmmaker best known for low-budget slashers get the attention of Oscar-winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon? Sean Haitz, the filmmaker behind Mangrove Slasher 2, hopes so.

Bloody VioletThe duo of superstars, who jointly won an Academy Award for Best Writing for the 1997 independent hit Good Will Hunting, is launching a new season of Project Greenlight. The television show aired for three seasons in the early 2000s, and will return with a fourth season on HBO, and last week started accepting three-minute video submissions from young directors looking to get feature concepts turned into full-length films. Continue reading


Sarasota Filmmakers Invade France; Kickstarter Ho!

Local filmmakers Vincent Dale (writer/director) and Juan Sebastian Baron (cinematographer), known for the recent short film No Real Than You Are, picked up stakes and headed to Paris for their latest project, Paris Love Conspiracy, a love story touching on the themes of mass surveillance, paranoia and the internet age, all through a Parisian prism. Continue reading