Actress. Comedienne. Podcaster. And now, feature filmmaker. Aisha Tyler has proven her perpetual worth ethic over decades in television and movies in the industry. She passed a major milestone as a director Friday night when Axis, the feature-length directorial debut, world premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival. The charismatic filmmaker strolled the red carpet alongside actor Emmett Hughes, the star of the film, before promising an emotionally challenging experience to film-goers at the Regal Hollywood 20. “Be prepared,” she the audience for the screening. “It’s artsy.” Continue reading Tyler premieres Axis at Sarasota Film Festival
Barbara Kopple’s newest documentary, This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, will likely be seen on the video sharing platform YouTube Red by far more people than ever purchase a ticket to see the movie in theaters. But she’s still excited to have brought the film to the Sarasota Film Festival this weekend as a Centerpiece Film. “Being on a screen in beautiful,” says Kopple, who still loves the idea of movies as a communal experience.
At the end of the day, though, she wants as many people as possible to see her film, which recounts the life of YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous. Continue reading Kopple takes webcam tale to silver screen with ‘This is Everything’
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
Politics has provided a backdrop to Treat Williams’ acting career dating back to his breakout role as anti-war hippie Berger in Hair. Now, Williams appears on-screen in this election year portraying members of the elected class—both historic and fictional—in a pair of films exploring divisive discourse in Washington, D.C.
In The Congressman, the Closing Night Film for the Sarasota Film Festival, Williams portrays principled Congressman Charlie Winship, a politician who finds himself in a public relations nightmare after declining to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to start the workday. Sarasota cinephiles saw the only festival screening of the comedy on April 9 at the Sarasota Opera House. The film will open in New York and Los Angeles on April 29. But before that, Williams fans can see the actor portray the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in Confirmation, a film exploring the controversial Clarence Thomas confirmation to the Supreme Court that premieres on HBO this Saturday, April 16. We spoke with Williams at the Longboat Key Club Resort about both roles. Continue reading Treat Williams Explores Politics in ‘The Congressman,’ ‘Confirmation’
The Sarasota Film Festival announced winners in its major juried categories for 2016. Men & Chicken won the Narrative Feature Jury Prize, while Cameraperson won the Documentary Jury Prize. Meanwhile, Ma took the Independent Visions Award, which comes with a distribution deal from Factory 25. The top award for Animated Shorts went to The Itching, Killer won Narrative Short and My Aleppo won Documentary Short.
Read a full list of awards, including special jury awards, audience awards and other recognitions, below the fold: Continue reading ‘Men & Chicken,”Cameraperson,’ ‘Ma’ Big Winners at Sarasota Film Festival
Borderline personality disorder isn’t just topic fodder for documentarian Rebbie Ratner. The filmmaker has been diagnosed with the condition herself. When she wanted to make her first feature, started while she was in film school, it seemed a natural move to explore an issue that impacted her whole life. “I had been immersed in mental health for years,” she recalls.
Ratner (pictured above with producer Suzanne Mitchell) now comes to town with Borderline, a film following Regina, a woman living with the disease, mixed with interviews with mental health professionals about how the condition is treated and what impact it has on the lives of the diagnosed. The film screens at 1pm today, April 9, and 1:15pm Sunday, April 10, at the Regal Hollywood 20. Continue reading Rebbie Ratner Studies Familiar Mental Health Topic in ‘Borderline’