The Loneliest Whale in the World Finds a Friend in Filmmaker Adrian Grenier

Adrian Grenier, lead actor from the hit TV show Entourage, which ran for eight seasons on HBO, stopped by Ringling College of Art and Design this week as part of the Ringling College Studio Lab to meet with students, screen his latest film Teenage Paparazzo (a documentary which he conceived, wrote and directed) and begin laying groundwork for his next documentary 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World. Continue reading The Loneliest Whale in the World Finds a Friend in Filmmaker Adrian Grenier

Cine-World Brings Independent Film To Sarasota

For the next nine days, Burns Court Cinemas and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas will play host to Sarasota’s cinephiles and film fans, as they gather for the Cine-World Film Festival. Organized for the last 25 years by the Sarasota Film Society, Cine-World has made a name for itself, consistently bringing some of the most interesting and acclaimed foreign and independent films to Sarasota’s theaters. Continue reading Cine-World Brings Independent Film To Sarasota

The Sunny Side: Bradenton Filmmaker Takes “Most Outrageous” at Orlando International Film Festival

With October come and gone, the Orlando International Film Festival has reached a close and one Bradenton filmmaker returns home with the award for Most Outrageous film, beating out over 200 other films from teams across the country

The Sunny Side, a short written, directed and shot by Trishul Thejasvi of Orensis Films, produced by Bradenton filmmaker JB Whirtley and starring local actor John O’Keefe who also co-produced, documents the tragicomic milestones of one man’s life. Beginning with a curious child, Thejasvi deftly brings the audience through the pivotal developmental moments – some happy, some sad, but always with a playful wink – and the reactions to these moments that ultimately define a person and a life. Continue reading The Sunny Side: Bradenton Filmmaker Takes “Most Outrageous” at Orlando International Film Festival

Nik Wallenda Completes Chicago Skywalk

Sarasota daredevil Nik Wallenda completed a high-profile skywalk in Chicago Sunday event, including walking a pass of tightrope between Marina Tower West and East while blindfolded. In a press conference afterward, he credited his faith for his successes.

“My faith plays a key role in every aspect of my life, not just my performance,” he said.

The blindfolded part of the event drew the most media attention, but followed a dramatic walk from the Leo Burnett Building at a sharp angle to Marina Tower. That walk was the highest skywalk Wallenda had performed. Wallenda is the most famous member today of the Sarasota-based Wallenda family, known for decades for The Flying Wallendas highwire act.

The stunt was broadcast live on The Discovery Channel as part of the broadcast special Skyscraper Live With Nik Wallenda. Wallenda also conducted pre- and post-event press conferences webcast online.