Category Archives: Movies

Steve McAllister

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


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: Young, Sutherlin Reach for Stratosphere

Erica Sutherlin and Victor Young
Erica Sutherlin and Victor Young

Remember when clouds were just puffy white things in the sky that kids could imagine as animals? In this age of iCloud hacks, WikiLeaks and NSA spying scandals, the cloud suddenly has a darker shade to it. And in a new film shot primarily in Sarasota County, the stormy potential inside turns up cinematic suspense. Stratosphere, a Media and Management Global production being released in 2015, hopes to capture the paranoia surrounding the cloud today, and the film just may provide the local film community with a significant silver lining.

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Urban Roots

‘Five Films For A Future’ to focus on social change

A documentary film series being hosted next week will try and turn the community focus in Southwest Florida on sustainability and creating a better tomorrow. ‘Five Films for a Future’ is scheduled to kick off October 9 at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center with a showing of Urban Roots. 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