All posts by Phil Lederer

Contributor for SRQ Media

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

Tony Ahedo Brings Aspiring Serial Killer To Life

Sarasota filmmaker and Ringling College graduate Tony Ahedo heads to St. Petersburg today, where the pilot episode of his new web-series, Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer, will premiere as an Official Selection of the Sunscreen Film Festival. Written and directed by Ahedo and starring Peter Konowicz, the planned series follows the bloody and comedic escapades of an earnest but inept Barry Baker as he struggles to find the courage and faculty to brutalize his officemates. Says Ahedo, “Nobody starts as a professional.” Continue reading Tony Ahedo Brings Aspiring Serial Killer To Life

“Phil’s Camino” Builds Dream One Step At A Time

Diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, Phil wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to fulfill his dream of walking El Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in Galicia. For a man living as far away as Vashon, Washington, the trip seemed difficult enough; bi-weekly chemotherapy treatments made it nearly impossible. In the short documentary film, Phil’s Camino, co-directors Annie O’Neil and Jessica Lewis chronicle one man’s journey to live life against the odds. Continue reading “Phil’s Camino” Builds Dream One Step At A Time

No Toy Left Behind: Benny Davis and “G.I. Jack”

When a bully steals his favorite action figure, a daring middle schooler resorts to breaking and entering in an attempt to get it back, discovering a mortifying secret in the process. A short film from writer/director Benny Davis, G.I. Jack resurrects the classic over-the-top charm of a child’s adventure while infusing wry heart. Continue reading No Toy Left Behind: Benny Davis and “G.I. Jack”

All’s Well That Ends Well In Honig’s “Black Swell”

Director Jake Honig makes his Sarasota Film Festival debut with the short film Black Swell, starring Richard Kind (A Serious Man, Inside Out) as a depressed man who checks into a motel with no intention of checking out, only to have his morbid plans disrupted by a noisy neighbor. A “funny drama,” says Honig, Black Swell explores the people and moments missed when we get lost in our heads. Continue reading All’s Well That Ends Well In Honig’s “Black Swell”

Putting Strong Women In Film With Allie Sultan

Making its regional premiere on the festival circuit, director Allie Sultan presents a story of empowerment to challenge conventional notions of value and beauty in her latest documentary short, Lift Like A Girl. Continue reading Putting Strong Women In Film With Allie Sultan

Emotional Architecture: Silvia Cremaschi Builds “The Room”

All the way from Italy, Silvia Cremaschi makes her directorial debut with The Room, a short film examining the inner world of emotion and fear of change through the surreal “dreamlike” story of a young woman in a mysterious shape-shifting room. “She’s a very creative person,” says Cremaschi of the character Anna, played by Sara Drago, “but little by little you discover that creativity was a way to escape and not a way to construct or change.” Continue reading Emotional Architecture: Silvia Cremaschi Builds “The Room”