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Castille Landon directing Burt Reynolds, Amy Smart in Palmetto production

From memorable roles in films like Sex Ed and Paradise, FL and in television series like The Ghost Whisperer, Castille Landon has kept busy as an actress for close to a decade. But as she embarks on directing her second feature, which will be filmed entirely in the Palmetto area, Landon now sees a long future behind the lens. “As an actor, so much of your job is sitting by the phone waiting for a call that probably isn’t coming,” she tells SRQ. “I was working a lot, doing about three movies a year, but that still totals 20 to 30 days a year working. That was frustrating and I felt out of control of my own life.”

Now, Landon’s attentions are focused on directing And Then There Was Light, a film starring screen legend Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit)and Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Road Trip) and written by Landon. The movie, about a young girl who begins to lose her eyesight after a horse riding accident, will be shot largely at the Southeastern Guide Dogs campus in Palmetto, as well as a nearby horse farm and other local spots. Continue reading Castille Landon directing Burt Reynolds, Amy Smart in Palmetto production

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Rehabilitating The South In Cinema With Jason Shirley

Writer/director Jason Shirley makes his feature-length directorial debut at the Sarasota Film Festival with the world premiere of the family dramedy Elbow Grease, about a southern couple dealing with their own marital issues as one of their brothers moves in and only makes things worse. Featuring Burt Reynolds as the family patriarch and named after a common Shirley household refrain, Elbow Grease stands as Shirley’s love letter to the South and its quizzical but charming pace. Continue reading Rehabilitating The South In Cinema With Jason Shirley