Big Hero 6, With Ringling-Heavy Roster, Wins Best Animated Feature

The Oscar for Best Animated Feature this year went to Disney’s Big Hero 6, a film that had more Ringling College of Art and Design alumni on the crew than any other film nominated this year. Continue reading Big Hero 6, With Ringling-Heavy Roster, Wins Best Animated Feature

Sutton Seeks Sarasota Actors For Upcoming Film

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Tim Sutton

Tim Sutton isn’t completely sure what his next film will be about, but it will shot in Sarasota starring actors from the region—and perhaps building on their own stories. The independent film director will hold a casting call at the Ringling College of Art and Design this weekend, and spoke with SRQ Backlot about the project and his particular style for making cinema.

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VIDEO: Salt and Light Shines Light on Homelessness

A Sarasota production company seeks to put a face on the homeless epidemic in its newest short film, “Angela’s Story.” Documenting the story of “Angela,” a woman who found herself on the streets after losing a job but is trying now to become a licensed massage therapist, has been offered up to ministries and organizations committed to helping the homeless. Salt and Light Productions, the film arm for the Center for Faith and Freedom, released the video last week. Continue reading VIDEO: Salt and Light Shines Light on Homelessness

Tim Blake Nelson Talks Anesthesia, Education and Why He Loves James Franco

Young artists in the Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab recently received a visit from filmmaker Tim Blake Nelson. A seasoned character actor known best for his portrayal of the dim-witted Delmar in the Coen Brothers’ O’ Brother Where Art Thou? and with memorable turns in films ranging from Oscar-winners such as Lincoln and blockbusters like The Incredible Hulk, Nelson has carved out a successful career in Hollywood while making time for his own projects, including his 1997 writing and directorial debut Eye of God and 2009’s Leaves of Grass, which starred Edward Norton in dual roles.

Recently wrapped on his latest film, Anesthesia – which Nelson wrote, directed and also stars in – Nelson stopped by Ringling to meet the students, share stories and guest-instruct, workshopping scenes with budding artists. Before sitting with students, Nelson took a moment with SRQ to talk Anesthesia, the importance of education and why he loves James Franco. Continue reading Tim Blake Nelson Talks Anesthesia, Education and Why He Loves James Franco

SRQ Panel to Discuss Film in Southwest Florida

We are so excited about the upcoming SB2: Behind the Lens on February 18th at 5 PM. This is going to be one for the history books. So right now, stop what you are doing and go to www.srqsb2.com and purchase your tickets. Once you’ve done that, continue reading.

Here’s why we are counting down the days until the 18th: Continue reading SRQ Panel to Discuss Film in Southwest Florida

Local Filmmakers Sound Off in this Month’s Issue of SRQ Magazine

Efforts have been ongoing for years to turn the Sarasota-Bradenton area into a filmmaking hub, with varied success. Institutions like the Sarasota Film Festival leave their mark each year, while expensive blunders like the failed Sanborn Studios project lend a bitter taste to the whole operation. This year, an announcement from Ringling College of Art and Design regarding a new 30,000 square foot professional-grade sound studio and post-production facility reinvigorated the conversation, leading many to ask what exactly the next step entails if Sarasota is to one day be what the burgeoning film community hopes it could be.

Among the many players involved – government institutions such as the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office (the Office), community leaders like Mark Troy and the filmmakers themselves – each perspective gives a slightly different picture and the way forward remains uncertain…

Read the full article on SRQ Magazine’s website at http://www.srqmagazine.com/articles/98/Creative-Differences