Tim Sutton isn’t completely sure what his next film will be about, but it will shot in Sarasota starring actors from the region—and perhaps building on their own stories. The independent film director will hold a casting call at the Ringling College of Art and Design this weekend, and spoke with SRQ Backlot about the project and his particular style for making cinema.
A Sarasota production company seeks to put a face on the homeless epidemic in its newest short film, “Angela’s Story.” Documenting the story of “Angela,” a woman who found herself on the streets after losing a job but is trying now to become a licensed massage therapist, has been offered up to ministries and organizations committed to helping the homeless. Salt and Light Productions, the film arm for the Center for Faith and Freedom, released the video last week. Continue reading VIDEO: Salt and Light Shines Light on Homelessness
Young artists in the Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab recently received a visit from filmmaker Tim Blake Nelson. A seasoned character actor known best for his portrayal of the dim-witted Delmar in the Coen Brothers’ O’ Brother Where Art Thou? and with memorable turns in films ranging from Oscar-winners such as Lincoln and blockbusters like The Incredible Hulk, Nelson has carved out a successful career in Hollywood while making time for his own projects, including his 1997 writing and directorial debut Eye of God and 2009’s Leaves of Grass, which starred Edward Norton in dual roles.
Recently wrapped on his latest film, Anesthesia – which Nelson wrote, directed and also stars in – Nelson stopped by Ringling to meet the students, share stories and guest-instruct, workshopping scenes with budding artists. Before sitting with students, Nelson took a moment with SRQ to talk Anesthesia, the importance of education and why he loves James Franco. Continue reading Tim Blake Nelson Talks Anesthesia, Education and Why He Loves James Franco
Efforts have been ongoing for years to turn the Sarasota-Bradenton area into a filmmaking hub, with varied success. Institutions like the Sarasota Film Festival leave their mark each year, while expensive blunders like the failed Sanborn Studios project lend a bitter taste to the whole operation. This year, an announcement from Ringling College of Art and Design regarding a new 30,000 square foot professional-grade sound studio and post-production facility reinvigorated the conversation, leading many to ask what exactly the next step entails if Sarasota is to one day be what the burgeoning film community hopes it could be.
Among the many players involved – government institutions such as the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office (the Office), community leaders like Mark Troy and the filmmakers themselves – each perspective gives a slightly different picture and the way forward remains uncertain…
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Film, stage and television actor Jeffrey Tambor, most notable for his portrayal of the Bluth family patriarch in Arrested Development, recurring roles in franchises such as Hellboy and The Hangover and his latest Golden Globe-nominated turn as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent, will be stopping by the Riverview High School Performing Arts Center on January 28 as part of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s (JSFM) ongoing “People of the Book” series, highlighting successful Jewish professionals and their stories. Continue reading New Development, No Arrest: Jeffrey Tambor Comes to Town
Forget Sundance. A new film festival organized by Inspiration Academy in Bradenton could become the first festival of note within Southwest Florida’s filmmaking community, Inspiration Film Fest. With a line-up of films from around the world and an appearance by Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., of The Walking Dead fame, the Jan. 17 event is grabbing attention from the outset.
Adrian Grenier, lead actor from the hit TV show Entourage, which ran for eight seasons on HBO, stopped by Ringling College of Art and Design this week as part of the Ringling College Studio Lab to meet with students, screen his latest film Teenage Paparazzo (a documentary which he conceived, wrote and directed) and begin laying groundwork for his next documentary 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World. Continue reading The Loneliest Whale in the World Finds a Friend in Filmmaker Adrian Grenier