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
“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
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
With October come and gone, the Orlando International Film Festival has reached a close and one Bradenton filmmaker returns home with the award for Most Outrageous film, beating out over 200 other films from teams across the country
The Sunny Side, a short written, directed and shot by Trishul Thejasvi of Orensis Films, produced by Bradenton filmmaker JB Whirtley and starring local actor John O’Keefe who also co-produced, documents the tragicomic milestones of one man’s life. Beginning with a curious child, Thejasvi deftly brings the audience through the pivotal developmental moments – some happy, some sad, but always with a playful wink – and the reactions to these moments that ultimately define a person and a life. Continue reading The Sunny Side: Bradenton Filmmaker Takes “Most Outrageous” at Orlando International Film Festival