‘Infinite Possibilities’ Theme for 2014

Sarasota Film Festival released its new branding campaign for 2014 today, relaunching the organization website and new theme, “One Festival, Infinite Possibilities.”

Once again, the film festival turned to artist Vince Fraser, a London designer who has also worked with Coca-Cola and British Airways. But locally, Fraser may be best known for developing a series of SFF campaigns built around a female face. The new photo and social driven site was created by Sande Caplin and Associates.

But at SRQ, we’re especially excited by the inclusion of a YouTube channel this year focused on spreading the SFF message. Why so pumped? A certain board member who may or may not also be our publisher recorded one of the first messages being streamed out, and we like that he realizes the real magic at the festival every year happens in our  Avenue of the Stars portable studio. Watch Wes Roberts explain: 

K.T. Curran discusses taking The Holding Cell from stage to screen

The kickoff of the Moonlight Movies series on Friday marks the film premiere of The Holding Cell, but school audiences from Sarasota and Manatee counties may already be familiar with the story. The tale, about a girl named Skylar who falls for a drug dealer and enters a world of prescription drug addictions and overdoses, was first told in a stage production of the same name.

“I wrote the play over the course of a year and performed it at high schools all over the area,” recalls filmmaker K.T. Curran. “The longer we did the play, it almost felt like a community catharsis and a way we could all grieve over what was happening together.”

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SFF’s Moonlight Movies Series Will Kick Off With KT Curran’s Holding Cell

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The Sarasota Film Festival today announced the return of Moonlight Movies, a series of free Friday night screenings at various public venues from schools to public parks. The series kicks off on Jan. 24 with the Sarasota-filmed The Holding Cell, by KT Curran. “As one of the only film festivals in the country to provide free programs to students and families, Moonlight Movies remains an important way for us to engage our community through the art of film,” said Mark Famiglio, SFF’s executive board president.

The list of films in the series is a mix of local cinema, independent film and family movies. The lineup includes The Holding Cell, Mary Poppins, Dirty Dancing, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Films of Gina Telaroli, The Hunger Games and The Little Mermaid.

Click that “Read More” link for details on each screening.

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