Category Archives: SFF Events


Elisabeth Moss Talks The One I Love Exclusively With SRQ

The biggest surprise at the Closing Night for the Sarasota Film Festival came when Elisabeth Moss, lead actress for the Closing Night film The One I Love, showed up unannounced to present director Charlie McDowell with a Breakthrough Award and to participate in an audience Q&A. Later that evening, she granted an exclusive interview with SRQ Media Group about why she decided to take the role in the film, with some discussion edited so not to give too much of the film away.

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Ida, Happy Valley, Thou Wast Mild And Lovely win in Sarasota

The Sarasota Film Festival announced all the winners for jury and audience awards at this year’s event. Ida won the Narrative Feature Competition, Happy Valley won the Documentary Feature Competition and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely earned the Independent Visions Prize.

But a variety of special awards for standout performances by individuals and ensembles on screen also were noted, and audience votes also led to some awards getting handed out. A full list of awards is below the fold. Continue reading


Jason Momoa Talks Road To Paloma, Sarasota Film Festival, Teases New Project

Tonight is the world premiere of the new film Road to Paloma at the Sarasota Film Festival and star Jason Momoa is in town. The movie marks Momoa’s directorial debut (apart from a well-received short in 2010 – Brown Bag Blues: Ridin’ the Blinds in B Minor) as well as the arrival of his first feature-length screenplay, which he wrote with filmmaker friends Robert Homer Mollohan and Jonathan Hirschbein. It’s a big night, no doubt, but Momoa isn’t nervous at all. He has the confidence of a creator who knows that he did what he set out to do.

“I’m excited for people to see it,” said Momoa. “You can’t really tell if people are going to like it or not, but you did what you did, you painted it and you can’t take it back now.” Continue reading


A Night of Inspiration at Educate to Empower Benefit and Sepideh Screening

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish has always valued education and the transformative change it brings to the world, and on Wednesday night his hopes for greater educational equality were becoming reality. The red carpet welcomed sponsors and partners to the Sarasota Opera House for the Educate to Empower Benefit for women’s education, an event presented by the Sarasota Film Festival Education Department in partnership with Daughters for Life, Educate for Change and New College of Florida. Continue reading


Humanitarian Star Of Sewing Hope, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, To Be Honored At Tribute Luncheon

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, along with other Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, has dedicated the last three decades of her life combating the atrocities and aftermath of civil war and Joseph Kony’s now-infamous brutality. With her words and her sewing machine, Sister Rosemary brought hope in the form of vocational and life training to the countless young women in northern Uganda and South Sudan who were left victims of the region’s lawlessness.

Sister Rosemary is a special guest at the Sarasota Film Festival this year, being the star of Derek Watson’s new documentary Sewing Hope and the guest of honor at the Festival’s Tribute Luncheon, where she will be receiving the 2014 UN Women Impact Award from the Sarasota Film Festival and the Through Women’s Eyes program.

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Side By Side Symposium For Women In Film Welcomes A Bevy of Talented Filmmakers, producers and Artists

For its fourth year the Sarasota Film Festival held its annual Side By Side symposium for women in the film industry. Partnered with Seed & Spark, Women Make Movies and UN Women, this private event is an all-day affair for its selected guests. An impressive list of women gathered at 12 p.m. today at The Francis, each involved in different aspects of the industry and each eager to swap stories and establish lasting relationships, both professionally and personally.

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