The Bigger Picture

2014 marks a big year for SRQ Backlot.

This website for three years now has provided all the behind-the-scenes news on the happenings of the Sarasota Film Festival, including the stars, screenings and celebrations that bring Hollywood to our doorstep every year. And we will continue providing the best coverage bar none of this exciting event.

In those three years, though, we and the rest of the cinema-loving world have seen the accelerated growth of an entire film industry and filmmaking community within Southwest Florida. Ringling College of Art and Design each year attracts a slew of stars and industry professions to teach film majors secrets of the trade. Movies like Spring Breakers and Free Ride have chosen the Sarasota area as a backdrop for major parts of the film. The Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office continuously expands its role in assisting both filmmakers and investors to find success on the Suncoast.

SRQ Media Group, of course, has followed the excitement along the way. Whether through posts on our popular newsletter SRQ Daily or in the pages of SRQ Magazine, we have recorded the evolution of an industry. But the coverage has never been concentrated in a single location for our readers both to zero in on those film-related stories or to absorb the bigger picture of cinema’s impact on the Suncoast.

Since its debut, SRQ Backlot has seen more than 50,000 hits from readers anxious to see not only the stars visiting the region but to spot the locals engaging with the film world. As of today, this site will cover all aspects of the filmmaking industry and its presence in paradise. Whether that means tracking the success of computer animators who graduate from Ringling to create Oscar-winning films, keeping up with the efforts of Jeanne Corcoran’s team as they attract TV crews here or the creation of important cinema by Sarasota filmmakers, count on us to give you the news you need.

And still count on Backlot to provide you the best live coverage of every development with the Sarasota Film Festival. We’ll be there in March when the full list of programming is released and will continue to provide you access to the filmmakers, celebrities and industry heavyweights who come here each year.

Stay tuned.

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