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George Hamilton will not attend SFF Closing Night

HamiltonGeorge Hamilton has canceled an appearance at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival due to scheduling conflicts. Hamilton was expected to come to town in support of Closing Night film The Congressman and to participate in an In Conversation event about the film.

Treat Williams, the lead actor in the film, and Robert Mrazek, former U.S. Congressman and writer of the film, will still be in attendance both at the In Conversation and at Closing Night festivities, as well as a special Cinema Politicale event this evening at Michael’s on East.

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John Fortson’s ‘Rated’ Envisions Putting Stars Upon Thars

RATEDWant to see a Yelp! review of yourself? John Fortson’s new short, Rated, imagines a world where everybody wakes up one morning with a five-star rating hanging on them—literally. “Imagine if that was based on the people in your life who experience you on a daily basis—at the dry cleaners, at the restaurant, your friends or even your parents,” he says.

Rated played the Sarasota Film Festival this week, shortly after premiering at the Sonoma Film Festival and winning the shorts award there. Continue reading John Fortson’s ‘Rated’ Envisions Putting Stars Upon Thars

Adinah Dancyger Makes ‘Chopping Onions’ a Family Affair

When Adinah Dancyger decided to direct her first short film, she decided to write what she knew. Chopping Onions tells the story of Soli, a Korean-American girl growing up in New York, and her relationship with her Korean grandmother. “It’s about how I felt growing up in New York, and how I felt this weird conflict being somewhere where everyone was different but there is still a homogenous community I didn’t feel I fit into,” Dancyger says. Continue reading Adinah Dancyger Makes ‘Chopping Onions’ a Family Affair

Gleb Osatinski explores data as religion in ‘Quantified Self’

When it comes to exploring the human condition within science fiction settings, short form director Gleb Osatinski has become a bit of a favorite at the Sarasota Film Festival. Back in town this year with The Quantified Self, Osatinski says he has no plans on leaving the realm of the surreal. “I can’t live without crazy ideas,” he says. “It’s the meaning of life.” Continue reading Gleb Osatinski explores data as religion in ‘Quantified Self’

Olympia Dukakis Looks Back Before Sarasota Film Festival Tribute

From Moonstruck to In The Land of Women, Olympia Dukakis has enraptured the spirit of the American woman, and today will be honored at the Sarasota Film Festival Tribute Luncheon. Fans in Sarasota will be able to hear her discuss her career at an In Conversation event at the Sarasota Yacht Club today, but she sat down with SRQ to discuss some highlights. Continue reading Olympia Dukakis Looks Back Before Sarasota Film Festival Tribute

‘Embers’ Explores a World of Amnesiacs

The impact of amnesia of a character has been explored in film before, but what of a whole world struck by this condition? Embers, a film playing tonight at the Sarasota Film Festival, follows the lives of characters living in a world where no-one can remember the past. If this film is taken at gospel, civilization would take a hit, and survivors might just relish the chance to forget everything around them when they go to bed at night.

“Without people maintaining a man-made world, things fall apart really fast,” says Director Claire Carré, who wrote the film with husband Charles Spano. The movie, part of this year’s Independent Vision competition, screened for a Sarasota audience Wednesday and plays again again tonight at 7pm. Continue reading ‘Embers’ Explores a World of Amnesiacs