Green, Obst Added To ‘Conversation’ Series

The “In Conversation…” series at the 2015 Sarasota Film Festival will now include sit-downs with Interstellar producer Lynda Obst and Manglehorn director David Gordon Green, festival officials announced. Other scheduled events this year include interviews with actresses Jane Seymour, Cloris Leachman and Blythe Danner, as well as directors Oren Moverman and Tom Browne.

Obst, a producer with four Academy Awards and 20 nominations under her belt, will discuss her career in film and television production, a resume that includes Flashdance, Contact and Hot In Cleveland. The festival will also honor her with the Polly Platt Award for Producing, a new honor this year. Officials promise the “In Conversation…” event will focus on the secrets to building a successful career as a producer. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at 4pm at Florida Studio Theater.

David Gordon Green
David Gordon Green

Green’s Manglehorn, a film starring Al Pacino, was selected by festival officials for the Narrative Section. The sit-down with Green will be conducted as an extended question-and-answer session following the screening of the film on Sunday, April 11 at 8:15pm at the Regal Hollywood 20.

A complete list of “In Conversation…” events follows:

FIRST WEEKEND SERIES

IN CONVERSATION WITH… OREN MOVERMAN

WHAT | Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND, starring Richard Gere and Jena Malone, is this year’s Opening Night Film. Moverman is the recipient of this year’s Hearts and Minds of Independent Film Award.

WHEN | Saturday, April 11th at 1:00PM

WHERE | Florida Studio Theater Court Cabaret (1241 N Palm Avenue)

DAVID GORDON GREEN EXTENDED Q&A

WHAT| David Gordon Green’s MANGLEHORN, starring Al Pacino, will screen in this year’s Narrative Section.

WHEN | Saturday, April 11th following the 8:15PM Screening

WHERE | Hollywood 20 (1993 Main Street)

SECOND WEEKEND SERIES

IN CONVERSATION WITH… CLORIS LEACHMAN

WHO | Ryan Jaffe’s THIS IS HAPPENING, starring Cloris Leachman and Jedd Nelson, will screen in the Narrative Section. Leachman is the recipient of this year’s Prime Time Legend Award.

WHEN | Friday, April 17th at 5:00PM

WHERE | Florida Studio Theater Keating (1241 N Palm Avenue)

IN CONVERSATION WITH… JANE SEYMOUR

WHAT | Evangelos and George Giovanis’ BEREAVE, starring Jane Seymour and Malcolm McDowell, is one of this year’s Spotlight Films. Seymour is the recipient of this year’s Icon of Television Award.

WHEN | Friday, April 17th at 7:00PM

WHERE | Florida Studio Theater Keating (1241 N Palm Avenue)

TEA BY THE SEA: LUNCH AND CONVERSATION WITH BLYTHE DANNER

WHAT | Brett Haley’s I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliott, is the festival’s closing night film.  The intimate lunch will take place in conjunction with the SFF Conversation Series.  Danner is the recipient of this year’sImpact Award.

WHEN | Saturday, April 18th at 12:00PM

WHERE | Ritz Carlton Beach Club (1234 Benjamin Franklin Drive)

IN CONVERSATION WITH… TOM BROWNE AND SPECIAL GUEST RACHEL WEISZ

WHO | Tom Browne’s RADIATOR, executive produced by Rachel Weisz, is part of the Festival’s Narrative Feature Competition. Browne is the recipient of this year’s Emerging World Cinema Auteur Award.

WHEN | Saturday, April 18th at 2:45PM

WHERE | Florida Studio Theater Keating (1241 N Palm Avenue)

IN CONVERSATION WITH LYNDA OBST… FROM FLASHDANCE TO INTERSTELLAR IN 24 BUMPY STEPS

WHAT | Lynda Obst, whose films have garnered twenty Oscar nominations and four Oscar wins, walks through her storied producing career, with special attention paid to what the secrets are to building a successful and sustainable career in film producing. Lynda Obst is the recipient of this year’s newly launched Polly Platt Award for Producing.

WHEN | Saturday, April 18th at 4:00PM

WHERE | Florida Studio Theater Lab (1241 N Palm Avenue)

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