Richard Jenkins and other stars confirm for Sarasota Film Festival

Television and movie star Richard Jenkins confirmed today that he will attend the Sarasota Film Festival in support of God’s Pocket, one of the Centerpiece Films at the Sarasota event this year. The One I Love director Charlie McDowell will come in support of the Closing Night Film and Ivory Tower director Andrew Rossi will come with the festival’s other Centerpiece Film. Along with Rory Kennedy, director of Opening Night film Last Days in Vietnam, that means all of the tentpole films this year come with talent attached.

For more on the talent in attendance this year, check out below the fold.

The festival announced on Wednesday that they will be honoring Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the subject of the documentary Sewing Hope, at this year’s Tribute Luncheon. She will fly in from Uganda to discuss the work she continues to do in Africa to combat the violent oppression there.

Radio Birds
Radio Birds

Jason Mamoa, best known for his acting roles in Conan the Barbarian and Game of Thrones, will be in attendance with his directorial debut Road to Paloma. Georgia band Radio Birds, which provided the soundtrack to the film, will also attend the festival and play at the 1137 Party on April 12 at Louie’s Modern.

The biggest name at the event is arguable Jenkins (pictured above), a prolific actor who has appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009 for his work in The Visitor,  a film that appeared in the Sarasota Film Festival the prior year. In addition to coming in support of God’s Pocket, a John Slattery-directed feature gaining significant press for being actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last film before his death, Jenkins will also sit down for the In Conversation series. That event will he held April 11 at Florida Studio Theatre, where Jenkins will be interviewed in depth by New York magazine film critic David Edelstein.

Charlie McDowell
Charlie McDowell

McDowell, a 31-year-old filmmaker, is bringing his first feature length film to Sarasota. The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss, also happens to be the son of legendary actors Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen. His stepfather Ted Danson also appears in The One I Love. McDowell will be honored by the festival this year with the Breakthrough Award for his film.

Rossi, like Kennedy, is making a return visit to Sarasota. Previous documentary Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times, served as the Opening Night film for the Sarasota Film Festival in 2011. Now he is bringing a documentary on the state of higher education in America that SFF director Tom Hall promises will make everyone angry.

Sister Rosemary Nyirum

The biggest honor of the festival, though, is going to Sister Rosemary, of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She gained some international notoriety for her open defiance of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Sewing Hope documents her efforts to helps girls in Africa who have been savaged by the violence there.


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