Barbara Kopple, Mariel Hemingway, Lili Taylor, Griffin Dunne, Mickey Sumner, and Suzanne Clement all were honored at yesterday’s Filmmaker Tribute Luncheon at the Sarasota Yacht Club.
Not to harp too long, but what an outstanding speech tonight by Christopher Plummer. We alluded to his gracious praise for the community of Sarasota earlier, but I wanted to share some more of his words, uttered with the sort of Shakespearean elegance only the star of Hamlet at Elsinore could harness.
“This is my first time in Sarasota. I have never been here before. But if this is the sort of welcome you give to strangers, I am coming here a lot…
“There is something wonderful about flattery. As I grow older by the second, I realize what an essential ingredient flattery is as a life-sustaining force. It’s absolutely indispensable. It has no strings, no poison attached to it. It is highly medicinal with a wonderful aftertaste. Flattery is the preferred drug, there is no doubt about it.
“So if you are ever faced with flattery, relax, close your eyes and take it like a man. I think I have managed to do that.”
Following a standing ovation, actor Christopher Plummer thanked the entire community of Sarasota for his Cinema Master Award and for an amazing reception.
“I have been totally seduced and it’s all you fault,” Plummer said, “because in one short day in your fair city, you have made this particular stranger feel completely at home.”
What a way to end the night.
Geena Davis, the winner of the inaugural Impact Award, thanked the festival for the honor and hinted a continuing relationship.
“I am thrilled to receive this award from such a prestigious film festival.”
She also noted her new partnership with the festival and spoke of the work that will happen at Booker this year.
“I will keep Sarasota in my heart, and I hope to see you all next year when we show the films the students make.”
Indy producer Sarah Green thanks the SFF for taking her out of her “comfort zone” in the deep background of movie-making in order to accept her award. She promoted her upcoming film The Tree of Life, which premiers at Cannes next month.
“At this point in my career, I am having tremendous fun,” Green said.
A clip of Green films, including Frida and State and Main.
My fellow SRQ Mag Backlot bloggers run the test shots for our Avenue of the Stars photo booth at the 2011 Filmmaker Tribute. We are all set up at the Sarasota Opera House awaiting filmmakers and celebs of all sorts. We’ll be wrangling in all of the talent the Opera House will house tonight, snapping shots and talking the talk. This fine trio is kicking the night off right. Come back frequently and check out our coverage.