Sarasota filmmaker and Ringling College graduate Tony Ahedo heads to St. Petersburg today, where the pilot episode of his new web-series, Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer, will premiere as an Official Selection of the Sunscreen Film Festival. Written and directed by Ahedo and starring Peter Konowicz, the planned series follows the bloody and comedic escapades of an earnest but inept Barry Baker as he struggles to find the courage and faculty to brutalize his officemates. Says Ahedo, “Nobody starts as a professional.” Continue reading Tony Ahedo Brings Aspiring Serial Killer To Life
Monty Comes Back, the film from Bradenton-based writer/director Thomas Nudi shot near entirely in the Anna Maria, Sarasota and Bradenton area, enjoyed its world premiere this morning at the Sarasota Film Festival. A comedic character study, Brandon Tyler Jones stars as Monty, an egotistical and temperamental stage actor who returns home on “creative hiatus” only to wreak havoc on family and friends in this subversive take on the tortured artist/coming-of-age genre. “It was great,” says Jones, seeing the film for the first time this morning as well. “I’m extremely proud to have been a part of it and it wouldn’t have happened without everyone who was a part.” Continue reading Monty Comes Back: World Premiere, Word With The Star, Soundtrack Released
“I told myself when I was 18 years old that if I didn’t make my first feature film by 27, I was going to kill myself,” said Bradenton writer/director Thomas Nudi, whose first feature-length film, the semi-autobiographical comedy Monty Comes Back, premieres at the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival. “That sounds dark, but it’s a promise that I wouldn’t let myself down.” Continue reading Sarasota Film Festival: Thomas Nudi Spotlights Florida Filmmaking With ‘Monty Comes Back’
At Suncoast Technical College, students in the Digital Video Production program are benefitting from a new partnership with Bradenton filmmakers Trishul Thejasvi, owner of Orensis Films, and Thomas Nudi, writer/director of the recently completed feature-length film Monty Comes Back, who have been working with the students over the period of the last three months, leading them on a crash course through the art of storytelling and independent film production. Today, with five short film scripts written by the students, who will also direct, the group is putting out a call to the community for local actors to help complete these all-local productions. Continue reading Bradenton Filmmakers Take Suncoast Students Under Wing
“I’ve always attached the idea of retirement and relaxing to excessive smoking and drinking,” said Thomas Nudi, a Bradenton-based filmmaker whose latest short film, Greetings From Florida!, will be screening at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival in the SRQ Shorts block. A two-person show, the film captures a moment in time for a retired Florida couple, as they while away the day with drink, smoke and idle conversation. Starring Ed Schiff and Deborah Childs, this was the only collaboration between Nudi and Schiff before Schiff’s passing in February. Continue reading Greetings From Florida! Filmmaker Thomas Nudi on Retirement, Excess and Moving Forward
Efforts have been ongoing for years to turn the Sarasota-Bradenton area into a filmmaking hub, with varied success. Institutions like the Sarasota Film Festival leave their mark each year, while expensive blunders like the failed Sanborn Studios project lend a bitter taste to the whole operation. This year, an announcement from Ringling College of Art and Design regarding a new 30,000 square foot professional-grade sound studio and post-production facility reinvigorated the conversation, leading many to ask what exactly the next step entails if Sarasota is to one day be what the burgeoning film community hopes it could be.
Among the many players involved – government institutions such as the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office (the Office), community leaders like Mark Troy and the filmmakers themselves – each perspective gives a slightly different picture and the way forward remains uncertain…
Read the full article on SRQ Magazine’s website at http://www.srqmagazine.com/articles/98/Creative-Differences