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
Whether she was detailing a childhood hiding away from bombers each night during World War II or she was assessing which leading man was the best kisser, screen legend Sophia Loren captivated a crowd if listeners in Sarasota Thursday night. And even as she suggested a wariness about talking about her own experiences instead of embodying a fictional character—“in front of the camera I am reciting lines written by someone else, not going out there to tell the story of my life”—the 81-year-old radiated with same magnetic persona that turned her into a star and Academy Award-winning actress while still in her 20s.
Loren sat down for a Q&A with Bill Harris, a former reporter for Entertainment Tonight and The Hollywood Reporter. At the event, Sarasota Film Festival President Mark Famiglio presented Loren with the annual Legend award for her career onscreen (pictured above). Continue reading Loren proves eternally mesmerizing at Sarasota Q&A
The Sarasota Film Festival this year will kick off with a visit by Sophia Loren, who will be presented with the 2016 Legend Award at a special event at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on March 31. Loren won an Academy Award for her performance in La Ciociara an an honorary Oscar in 1991 recognizing her entire body of work.
“What an honor it is for the Sarasota Film Festival to bestow our Legend Award to the incredible, world -renowned talent, Sophia Loren,” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. “Sophia’s legacy and work is a true representation of the arts and culture that we strive to bring to this community year after year. As we enter our 18th festival, there is no better way to celebrate than to recognize the iconic Ms. Loren.”
Mary Bensel, executive director of the Van Wezel, said the move to hold the event on the eve of the 10-day festival’s kickoff showed the strong relationship between the venue and the festival. “We are delighted that the SFF will be honoring one of the film world’s greatest living legends, Ms. Sophia Loren. In the past we have collaborated on bringing some of the screen world’s biggest legends to the Hall.”
The Sarasota Film Festival official runs April 1-10.
The Sarasota Film Festival today unveiled a marketing campaign built around artwork designed by students at Ringling College of Art and Design. The reveal showcased more than just new work by artists Gisselle Tirse and Nikelle Mackey, but a collaboration between the region’s most high-profile film exhibition and a school with a growing reputation in the cinematic arts. Continue reading Sarasota Film Festival reveals Ringling College-made posters
Ticket sales at the Sarasota Film Festival this year were up by approximately 16 percent over last year, organizers said, as the event spread into venues with higher seating capacity and attracted more out-of-town guests to the region. The festival this year ran from April 9-19 with appearances by stars including Rachel Weicz, Jane Seymour, Ben Vereen, Blythe Danner and Syesha Mercado. “It has garnered a lot of national and international recognition that has only built up over the years, this year being no exception,” said SFF President Mark Famiglio, pictured above with Mercado. Continue reading Attendance Rockets For Sarasota Film Festival in 2015
Organizers believe the Sarasota Film Festival this year was the first major festival in the country to include 100 feature films directed by female filmmakers. The milestone adds to the reputation of the festival, which already partners with the U.S. National Committee for United Nations Women to include women directors in the Through Women’s Eyes Festival and that has for the last several years held the Side by Side Symposium to encourage relationships among women in the industry.
“It’s the unintended consequence of doing things the right way,” said Sarasota Film Festival President Mark Famiglio.
Last night marked the 17th opening night for the Sarasota Film Festival and the first for new director of programming, Michael Dunaway, who took some time on the red carpet to share a bit with SRQ.
“It’s tough to come in when there’s been one set of leadership for a long time,” said Dunaway, in reference to the recent departure of previous director of programming, Tom Hall. “But everyone’s been so incredibly welcoming that it’s been very easy and very comfortable.”
Opening with Time Out Of Mind, starring Richard Gere and Ben Vereen as homeless men on the streets of New York City and directed by Oscar-nominated director Oren Moverman, Dunaway saw the film at the New York Film Festival and admits to being initially skeptical but “within five minutes, I was totally blown away.” Continue reading Opening Night: SFF Director of Programming Michael Dunaway Takes Stock Of His First Festival