Olympia Dukakis, George Hamilton, Rosie Perez, Matthew Modine all attending Sarasota Film Festival

HamiltonThe Sarasota Film Festival announced a line-up including actors Olympia Dukakis, George Hamilton, Rosie Perez and Matthew Modine, all of whom will do Q&As sometime during the 10-day event in April.

The festival runs from April 1-10 this year, a day after the festival brings Sophia Loren in for an award-event on March 31.

Other People, a film starring Molly Shannon and Bradley Whitford that earned rave reviews at Sundance, will open this year’s festival at an April 1 event, while The Congressman, a movie penned by real U.S. Rep. Robert Mrazek, will help close the festival the following weekend. The latter film brings with it stars George Hamilton and Treat Williams.

PerezActress Rosie Perez, in town with Narrative Centerpiece Five Nights in Maine, will participate in another In Conversation event, and actor Matthew Modine, who narrates the Closing Weekend Documentary The Brainwashing of my Dad, will attend a special screening of the war classic Full Metal Jacket.

The festival for 2016 will unveil a new nonfiction honor, the D.A. Pennebaker/Chris Hegedus Award. “These are some of the greatest living documentary filmmakers,” said Programming Director Michael Dunaway. The two will be in attendance with the Documentary Centerpiece Unlocking The Cage, which follows an attorney’s efforts to give trapped animals personhood rights. And beloved documentarian Barbara Kopple will come to town to present the pair with their namesake award.

Josh Radnor will also be in attendance with a special screening of Liberal Arts while actress Rutanya Alda comes to town for a special screening of cult classic Mommie Dearest.



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