Video: Relive the Triforce Soiree from Sarasota Film Festival 2014

Of the events various organizations held concurrent with this year’s Sarasota Film Festival, the hottest was likely the Triforce Pictures Film Festival Soiree. Now the Sarasota production company is sharing the video exclusively with SRQ Backlot! The clip includes footage from Triforce and other outlets at the party, and specifically credits SRQ Backlot Art Director Evan Sigmund. Relive the glamorous party, or experience for the first time. Continue reading Video: Relive the Triforce Soiree from Sarasota Film Festival 2014

Born and Raised Will Offer Taste of Florida at Bradenton Film Festival

With twenty-five festivals and seven awards to its name, Born and Raised is not only a successful veteran of the film festival circuit and a great tribute to the vistas of Gulf Coast Florida, but also an example of the ways in which Florida communities can help in the development of films. Born and Raised writer, lead actor and producer Nick Loritsch revealed how Florida has played a pivotal role in the film’s creation. Continue reading Born and Raised Will Offer Taste of Florida at Bradenton Film Festival

Locally Produced Documentary-Making A Killing Makes Its Debut This Thursday

Set to premiere this Thursday at Fogartyville Community Media And Arts Center, Making A Killing: From Bayonet Capitalism To Corporate Plutocracy, is sure to inspire some heated political debate. The documentary focuses on America’s shrouded use of military and espionage to promote and protect private corporate interests around the world and features interviews with various types including John Perkins, author of Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man as well as political figures and writers. Continue reading Locally Produced Documentary-Making A Killing Makes Its Debut This Thursday

Matt Dillon Talks New Documentary at Ringling College

Actor Matt Dillon still recalls a visit to Sarasota in 2006 when he made a trip to a local arthouse to see an Irish film he was surprised to find in this market. “The theater was jam packed,” Dillon recalls. “The film was called The Wind That Shakes The Barley, and you won’t see that in a typical cineplex, so I saw that there was a real audience here interested in independent films. You think people go to Florida and just go to the beach, but that’s not the case here. I don’t think that film got distributed in Miami, but here there is an appetite for cultural stuff.”

Of course, Dillon also learned through the years the reputation of Ringling College of Art and Design, where he visited this week both to see the impressive animation and filmmaking programs and to work with students on Fellove, a documentary Dillon is putting together after years of filming. The film is about the history of Afro-Cuban music, including the life of the late El Gran Fellove. At a public event at Ringling College on Wednesday evening, Dillon compared the film to Wim Wenders’ Buena Vista Social Club, which looks at the lives of Cuban musicians who stayed on the island even after the rise of Fidel Castro, but said his film looks at those musicians who got out of the country and spread the influence of Afro-Cuban music in Mexico and the United States.

The fact he is coming to work with talent at Ringling College shows the value that visiting talent places in the skills of students here. “People think we are bringing in celebrities, but we set it here so they can be artists,” said David Shapiro, co-founder of Future Films, the driving force bringing talent to the Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab. The program has attracted such talent as director Werner Herzog, actor Forrest Whitaker and actress Anna Paquin to teach guest classes and work on projects here.

At the public event last night, Dillon fielded questions about his most famous acting roles from his early days in The Outsiders to more recent work like his key role in the Oscar-winning Crash. He listed influences on his acting, including James Dean and Marlon Brando, and he shared stories of filming with such legends as James Caan. The goal of the work at Ringling, though, is to have him work with students full-time for a period. He may end up doing a second documentary later this year as well, officials said.

Dillon said he still loves acting and will continue to take on fun and challenging roles in dramas and comedies. But he also loves working on a documentary, which has been a learning experience. “If I stop learning at any point I am disappointed,” he said. “I have been living in a three-act structure my entire career, but in documentaries there is this whole other way of telling stories.” SHARE: