BAMFF Closes At Da Vinci Exhibits

Surrounded by the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, filmmakers, sponsors and area officials closed the first Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival with a glamorous gala on Sunday night. While expected guests Jon Lovitz and Steve Bauer could not make it to Bradenton this year, the event did bring in filmmakers from around the world to enjoy the Bradenton area and plant the seeds of potential in this event.

“Bradenton has been great to us,” said Susan Short, executive director for the festival. “People who came in from Sarasota fell in love with downtown Bradenton. We’ve  been happy with our international guests. And everyone has said it would be beautiful to shoot here. ” Continue reading BAMFF Closes At Da Vinci Exhibits

Ringling Hosting Vin Diesel’s One Race Global Film Foundation

one_race_logoAnyone from Sarasota who wants to get serious about filmmaking in a fast and furious fashion may want to jump on an opportunity coming to the area in June. Actor Vin Diesel’s One Race Global Film Foundation will host a two-week residential film program from June 30 to July 12 at the Ringling College of Art and Design campus. Continue reading Ringling Hosting Vin Diesel’s One Race Global Film Foundation

BAMFF Honors State College of Florida; Del Jacobs On The Future Of SCF; Bradenton Rising

The Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival is not just about film and it’s not just about music – it’s also about forging the community partnerships that can raise Bradenton as a whole. Last night, fans and officials joined together in a night of music and fun at Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar to honor one of BAMFF’s partners, State College of Florida, and three SCF graduates: Kyle Smith, Bryan Nastanski and Mark Giles. Continue reading BAMFF Honors State College of Florida; Del Jacobs On The Future Of SCF; Bradenton Rising

Exclusive: A Word With Rick Derringer at BAMFF

The Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival (BAMFF) hosted an honored guest and musical icon for their opening night festivities. Rick Derringer, the Grammy Award-winning producer and performer largely remembered for hits such as “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” and the chart-topping “Hang On Sloopy,” attended the party at Powel Crosley Estate with his wife, Jenda Derringer Hall, to receive a Lifetime Achievement award, presented by festival executive producer Susan Short, and to bring a little old school cool to the gathering. Continue reading Exclusive: A Word With Rick Derringer at BAMFF

Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival Marks New Chapter, Possibilities Abound

The Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival (BAMFF) kicked off with a bang and a blaze at last night’s party in the secluded Powel Crosley Estate. Rock and country icon Rick Derringer was in attendance and received a lifetime achievement award presented by the festival’s executive producer Susan Short and a special dedicatory fire-dance set to one of his many hits.

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Review: God’s Pocket Explores Antipathy With Richard Jenkins and Late, Great PSH

The late Phillip Seymour Hoffman had a way of making fundamentally despicable characters seem fascinating, whether it was the jerk jock in The Talented Mr. Ripley who proved the only person sharp enough to see through Matt Damon’s ruses, or even in The Hunger Games, where Hoffman plays a sadistic gamemaster made deeper than his dialogue simply for the gravitas delivered with the words. What’s interesting about God’s Pocket (which was picked up by IFC Films and will open in theaters May 9), is that as the least despicable character in the film, Hoffman seems through osmosis to lend the same depth to every other person on screen.

God’s Pocket, the first feature film directed by Mad Men actor John Slattery and one Hoffman’s final performances before a tragic drug overdose in February, is a treat for anyone interested in the exploration of unfixable personalities in a world that coddles corruption. And while a plotline barely exists within the film, the world created through performances, particular those of Hoffman and Richard Jenkins, makes the movie one worth watching.  Continue reading Review: God’s Pocket Explores Antipathy With Richard Jenkins and Late, Great PSH