Sarasota Film Festival Looks Toward Future Without Tom Hall

The Sarasota Film Festival in the past decade and a half has developed a reputation in the independent film world to rival the best regional festivals in the world. Much of that came from affability, taste and determination of Tom Hall, the festival director who has played some role in programming the event for a decade but is leaving the Suncoast for the bright cinema scene in Montclair New Jersey.

But Hall said he will make himself available to the Sarasota festival organization for a full transition as needed. “I’ve completely left that up the organization at this point,” he said. “I’m happy to help them out and do whatever I can.”

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Slasher filmmaker Haitz turns eyes toward Project Greenlight

Could a local filmmaker best known for low-budget slashers get the attention of Oscar-winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon? Sean Haitz, the filmmaker behind Mangrove Slasher 2, hopes so.

Bloody VioletThe duo of superstars, who jointly won an Academy Award for Best Writing for the 1997 independent hit Good Will Hunting, is launching a new season of Project Greenlight. The television show aired for three seasons in the early 2000s, and will return with a fourth season on HBO, and last week started accepting three-minute video submissions from young directors looking to get feature concepts turned into full-length films. Continue reading Slasher filmmaker Haitz turns eyes toward Project Greenlight

Tom Hall Steps Down as Sarasota Film Festival Director

Tom Hall, director of the Sarasota Film Festival, is stepping down to take over as executive director of the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey. Hall has spent a decade in a leadership position with the Sarasota festival, helping establish the organization’s reputation within the world of independent film. Continue reading Tom Hall Steps Down as Sarasota Film Festival Director

Sarasota Filmmakers Invade France; Kickstarter Ho!

Local filmmakers Vincent Dale (writer/director) and Juan Sebastian Baron (cinematographer), known for the recent short film No Real Than You Are, picked up stakes and headed to Paris for their latest project, Paris Love Conspiracy, a love story touching on the themes of mass surveillance, paranoia and the internet age, all through a Parisian prism. Continue reading Sarasota Filmmakers Invade France; Kickstarter Ho!

Exploring Cinema in Nantucket

By Kim Livengood, Director of PR and Events for Tervis

Ever heard of a “pinch-me” moment? I definitely had one last month when I was given the tough assignment of attending the 19th Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) to promote Tervis as the festival’s official drinkware.

The festival ran June 26- 30 with over 100 showings. Films from cool indies like Arlo & Julie to insightful documentaries like Honest Liar and fabulous feature films starring Elisabeth Moss (The One I Love) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood).

NFF has an impressive group of board members, including MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, NBC’s Brian Williams, actor Ben Stiller, and Sarasota’s very own Mark Famiglio.

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Breaking Into The Business With JB Whirtley

He said ‘No’ to film school. He said ‘No’ to a studio offering to buy his script. Risky moves, yes, but telling – JB Whirtley wants to make movies his way, and his latest project, Bullet of Madness, a madcap dark comedy starring a plastic surgeon who snaps under pressure from the mafia and a deteriorating family life, is no exception. Continue reading Breaking Into The Business With JB Whirtley

Festival Brings LGBT Cinema to Burns Court

FabulousIFFThe Fabulous Independent Film Festival today announced its 2014 dates, with films screening at Burns Court Cinema from August 22-24. The festival will kick off with an Opening Night Party at MADE. The event, now entering its fourth year, brings the best work from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festivals in the United States, Canada and Europe.

“We are different from a regular film festival,” says founder Magida Diouri, Fabulous IFF founder. “We are trying to do some special things this year.

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