Few productions have generated as much enthusiasm among Sarasota’s filmmaking community as Paradise, FL, a movie shot largely in Cortez with a team consisting primarily of locals. A buzzworthy operation that showcases both the location and the professional assets has many hoping the film will be the project that raises Sarasota’s cinema profile on a national scale, and now the film has a spot in the Sarasota Film Festival.
At a press unveiling of the festival program for 2015, the announcement of Paradise as an official selection, while surprising no one, drew applause from gathered sponsors and filmmakers. “That makes you feel good,” says writer-producer Tony Stopperan, with a wry grin across his face. Continue reading Tony Stopperan Anticipates Homecoming For ‘Paradise’→
A century of Newtown’s history will be showcased in a new documentary created by some of Sarasota’s youngest voices. Newtown at 100: A Glimpse Through Our Eyes will premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival this year, bringing to screen the first feature-length product of the Booker High School summer film academy. The film will be the center a major event on April 16, complete with a performance by American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado and a panel with high-profile film leaders in the community.
The documentary promises to showcase Sarasota’s minority leaders, living and past residents and the Booker High students themselves. The student group was led by the guiding hand of Judge Charles E. Williams and filmmaker Samuel Curtis of the SFF Education Department, both of whom have had past works screened at the festival in prior years.
A dark comedy filmed entirely in Sarasota is set to lure Tampa audiences to the Gasparilla International Film Festival later this month. Director Jason Morillo promises a cinematic experience with Error in the Menage that will spark conversations among movie-going couples. Continue reading ‘Error in the Menage’ Draws Gasparilla Curiosity→
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.