Rory Kennedy kicks off Sarasota Film Festival today

The sidewalks of Sarasota serve as red carpets for such Hollywood stars as Diane Lane, Stanley Tucci, Rosanna Arquette and Aisha Tyler over the next 10 days. When documentarian Rory Kennedy walks into the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall tonight, it marks the launch of the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival, now the largest film festival in the Southeast United States, and good luck getting a place inside the Sarasota Opera House tonight. Continue reading Rory Kennedy kicks off Sarasota Film Festival today

Tucci, Arquette to attend Sarasota Film Festival

Both Stanley Tucci and Rosanna Arquette will attend the Sarasota Film Festival, which runs from March 31 through April 9. In addition to promoting films in the program, each will participate in the festival’s “In Conversation With…” series discussing their acting and filmmaking careers. Continue reading Tucci, Arquette to attend Sarasota Film Festival

A Word With Ethan Hawke at Ringling College

Oscar and Tony Award-nominated actor, screenwriter and director Ethan Hawke visited Ringling College of Art and Design this week, where he met with students, led a master class and discussed the possibility of future projects with the college. Hawke, known for his numerous collaborations with acclaimed director Richard Linklater (including Boyhood) and his Oscar-nominated turn in Training Day opposite Denzel Washington, recently worked with four Ringling College interns on his latest film Blaze, about cult musician Blaze Foley, which he wrote and directed and is set to release in 2018. Yesterday afternoon, Hawke took a moment with SRQ to talk about the joy of working with students, breaking into film and the future of production. Continue reading A Word With Ethan Hawke at Ringling College

Sarasota Film Festival to Spotlight Heroes of Science, Sport and Sustainability

Science, sustainability and celebrity will soon blast across Sarasota movie screens. The Sarasota Film Festival released its full program Monday evening, and in addition to bring such star filmmakers as Diane Lane, Aisha Tylor and Rory Kennedy to town, programmers announced documentaries on the space program and environmental protection along with films celebrating cultures around the globe. “It’s important to take films from all over the world and create comprehensive programming that makes sense and that will showcase the most original and innovative,” says Larisa Apan, senior programmer. Continue reading Sarasota Film Festival to Spotlight Heroes of Science, Sport and Sustainability

‘Laird Hamilton,’ ‘Paris Can Wait’ to Tentpole Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival today announced Rory Kennedy’s documentary Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton as its Opening Night film and Eleanor Coppola’s Paris Can Wait (pictured) starring Diane Lane as its Closing Night film. It also announced Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime and Barbara Kopple’s documentary This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous as its Centerpiece films, a special screening of Jill Campbell’s documentary Mr. Chibbs focused on the life of former NBA star Kenny Anderson produced by Coastal Transportation President Barry Greenstein, and Aisha Tyler’s Axis as part of the Independent Visions Competition.

“This year’s festival is reflective of the power and strength women around the world showcase every day, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. “To have iconic and talented women such as Diane Lane, Rory Kennedy, and Aisha Tyler attend the festival this year is a great honor.”

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