The call of the ocean rings familiar to many of us living on the Gulf Coast. The beach bums, boaters, fishermen, divers—this region calls a siren’s sound to many a waterman. But it remains clear that surfer supreme Laird Hamilton, subject of Rory Kennedy’s new documentary Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton, may feel a deeper attraction even than the ticket holders watching the film at the Sarasota Opera House on Friday night. Continue reading Kennedy’s ‘Take Every Wave’ Coasts Through Sarasota Film Festival
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
With each passing year, the finer details of the Vietnam recede further out of public memory and into history. Some moments sadly never make it into broader consciousness in the first place. Along these lines, Rory Kennedy’s documentary Last Days in Vietnam strives to bring some lifeblood to the heroics surrounding the Fall of Saigon. Continue reading Review: Last Days valuable documentary for the memory of the Fall of Saigon
Director Rory Kennedy received a warm welcome from Sarasota Film Festival-goers on Friday night when her most recent documentary, Last Days in Vietnam, kicked off the 10-day event. But at a Q&A after the screening, it was the gathered veterans who lived through the Fall of Saigon firsthand who repeatedly had the crowd on the feet. Continue reading Kennedy, Vets captivate audience at Last Days in Vietnam screening
The remaining Marines are barricaded on the roof of the US Embassy in what was then Saigon, waiting for an evacuation they find themselves unsure will come. In the building below and crowding the streets in every direction are hundreds of Vietnamese men, women and children. Some are combatants, many are just trying not to be left behind. A few miles off the coast, in the waters of the South China Sea, a fleet of US Naval carriers struggles to receive the massive influx of evacuees. Warships hastily transformed into humanitarian vessels, the decks are soon too crowded and helicopters can’t land, instead hovering as their occupants leap. This is the Fall of Saigon and the biggest helicopter evacuation the world has ever seen.