Category Archives: Movies


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


Breaking Into The Business With JB Whirtley

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


Karl and Rhonda Wilson Spill the Beans on Catching Junior Tate

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


Who is Ray Caster?

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, Facing Lawsuit, Calls Sarasota ‘Dangerous Place to do Business’

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


VIDEO: TriForce Captures Neon Circus on Film

Electronic music has sometimes had trouble finding its audience in Sarasota, but filmmakers from TriForce Pictures hope to change that with new video of the Neon Circus, a small festival held in September in Sarasota. “It was a two-day rave that started on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota, and then moved for a full day to Gulf Gate,” said TriForce founder Shaun Greenspan.  Continue reading

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Shadows of Liberty Sheds Light on News Media Corruption, Suppression and Manipulation

Censorship. Distortion. Profit. And a group of people willing to put their jobs on the line to expose the corruption. It reads like the abstract of a corporate-political thriller, but in the context of filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay’s 2012 documentary Shadows of Liberty, it’s more like a present-day red flag. Continue reading


SRQ Independent Films Arrives; Mark Troy Marches On

With ManaSota Films Project barely a year old, founder Mark Troy has already begun laying the groundwork for expansion and building the next step in creating a self-sustaining Sarasota film community. Between opening a new film distribution center, networking with local film enthusiasts and professionals and arranging ManaSota Films’ first bi-coastal alliance, Troy’s vision for film in Sarasota is a welcome addition to our already passionate film community. Continue reading