A couple of the stars already announced for the Sarasota Film Festival may be as well known for their work on the small screen as the silver one. Fans of Girls, Suburgatory and Six Feet Under should be pleased by guest list this year.
The Career Achievement Award this year is going to Lili Taylor, who is in town with Tom Gilroy’s The Cold Lands. Of course, a lengthy career dating back to 1986 will be celebrated, including work in such films as Mystic Pizza, Ransom and Say Anything, but TV fans may just as easily recognize Taylor from her work as Lisa Kimmel on Six Feet Under, Dr. Anne Bellowes in State of Mind or Hildy Baker in Deadline. When we spoke with SFF Director Tom Hall, he was thrilled that Taylor would be coming with a film, and said the actress had a career deserving of great accolades.
Curb Your Enthusiasm fans were likely excited to see Cheryl Hines, who for years played Cheryl David on the show. The actress is on TV now in Suburgatory and previously was on In The Motherhood. She comes to the festival this year attached to Will Slocombe’s Pasadena, one of the films included in the new Spotlight Series, and performs opposite Peter Bogdanovich, who will also be here. Pasadena will actually make its world premiere at the festival, making the April 13 screening one of the big events worth circling on your calendar.
And here representing young Hollywood’s ranks in Christopher Abbott, best known as Charlie on Girls. Abbott is also in town for a Spotlight Series film with Burma, where he plays the lead role.