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Exploring Ethel

Bobby and Ethel Kennedy

No political dynasty in America has inspired as much interest as the Kennedys. At the Sarasota Film Festival, one of the clan’s own, Rory Kennedy, will be here with a documentary that gives some inside perspective on he family dynamics. Her film Ethel specifically looks at her own mother, wife to Bobby Kennedy.

No political dynasty in America has inspired as much interest as the Kennedys. At the Sarasota Film Festival, one of the clan’s own, Rory Kennedy, will be here with a documentary that gives some inside perspective on he family dynamics. Her film Ethel specifically looks at her own mother, wife to Bobby Kennedy.

USA Today called the documentary a “spirited high point” of the Sundance festival this year. The piece includes interviews with the famously private Ethel Kennedy done with her daughter over five days. Even Rory concedes she had trouble getting her mom to talk, but there were such details revealed as the way Bobby slid down White House bannisters after his brother John became president.

Of course, we all know the days of Camelot closed in tragedy when John was killed, and were followed up not long after with Bobby’s assassination. Ethel seemed on the road to becoming first lady when her husband was gunned down. Since then, she has stayed out of public view.

So the film is certain to generate some significant discussion, which is why the movie is among those being discussed in the Film Lovers Forum series.

Those who attend the April 15 screening can make a whole evening out of this film. Ethel screens at 6:45pm. Rory Kennedy is in town, so expect a Q&A in the theater. Then the audience goers can go to Applebee’s next door for the Forum event at 8:45pm for a discussion moderated by Jacob Ogles of SRQ Mag Backlot. Yes, that’s me!.

I promise we will have a lively discussion on personalities, politics and whatever else you as viewers bring to the conversation. Rory Kennedy is not expected to attend, but those who want to hear more of what she has to say can see her at an In Conversation event on April 16.

The Right to Film

As someone who has interviewed countless documentarians at past Sarasota Film Festivals, I can attest the stories of the filmmakers themselves can be intriguing tales, but while we do a great deal of writing on that, few documentaries are made about the challenges filmmakers endure and the sacrifices they make for their art.

That is why I am so anxious to watch Big Boys Gone Bananas!, a film by and about Fredrik Gertten. The film chronicles Gertten’s battles with the Dole Food Company, the subject of his past documentary Bananas! That expose upset Dole execs so much they threatened legal action against Gertten. That may have been a slip-up, though, as it just fueled another film.

But why I am blogging about this now? Let me share some news that is very exciting to me personally. I will be moderating an installment of The Film Lovers Forum which will focus on this documentary. Gertten will be there as well to answer all the questions moviegoers may have.

Big Boys Gone Bananas! will screen at the Hollywood 20 on April 19 at 2:30pm and April 20 at 3:30pm, with each screening followed by a short Q&A. The Forum event, moderated by Jacob Ogles (that’s me!), will take place April 20 at 5:30pm at the Applebee’s next to the theater.

Behind the Scenes: Scene 1

Photo by Harriet Sokmensuer

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.

Lounging with the Filmmakers: Thursday Edition

Producer John Greene and Director Curt Wallin from "Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt" at the SFF Filmmakers Lounge. Photo by Cat Pennenga
FSU graduate Ryland Jones and Producer Dean Darren of "Kinyarwanda" Photo by Cat Pennenga
  • Producer Kelly Duane and Director Katie Galloway of “Better This World” Photo by Cat Pennenga
Producer Matthew Justus of "Bobby Fischer Against The World" Photo by Cat Pennenga
Director James Johnston and Producer Alec Jhangiani of "Knife" Photo by Cat Pennenga
Director Joe Rees, Target Video Co-Founder and Sarasota resident Jill Hoffman-Kowal and Producer Jackie Sharp of the Target Video Series. Photos by Cat Pennenga