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SFF 2011Immerse yourself in 11 days of fantastic films and extraordinary events. With over 150 cinema screenings, celebrity guests, scintillating soirees and family fun, The Sarasota Film Festival returns for its 13th year of celebrating the finest in contemporary international and independent cinema.  From the Opening Night Extravaganza to our signature “Conversations With…” series to a celebration of women filmmakers and much more, plunge into the best of the fest that Variety Magazine called “The acme of regional film festivals.”

Sarasota Film Festival | Deadline For Submission FAST Approaching

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DEADLINEFAST APPROACHINGCALLFOR SUBMISSIONSTHE12th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVALAPRIL 9th - 18thDEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:JANUARY 15, 2010Late Submissions Deadline:January 30, 2010 
The Sarasota Film Festival continues to celebrate the art of filmmaking and thecontribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival anddeveloping year-long programs for the economic, educational and culturalbenefit of our community
 
We are currently accepting films in the followingcategories:...

'Rocky' actor Burt Young discusses lost Hal Ashby film

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'Rocky' actor Burt Young chats with Movie Geeks United Now we know why Burt Young played Sylvester Stallone’s dyspeptic bother-in-law Paulie so convincingly in the penultimate Rocky picture: He was peeved at the he-man. Interviewed on Movie Geeks United, the legendary character actor says it was only his daughter’s fond memories of his earlier collaborations with Sly that repaired an epic rift. CAPTION: Burt (above): Much, ah, happier in the final Rocky fli...

7 interviews with Sarasota Film Festival filmmakers

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Actor Joe Pantoliano discusses his new documentary effort ‘No Kidding, Me Too’, which will celebrate a premiere at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival (SFF)…PLUS…a conversation with several filmmakers whose new works are featured in this year’s SFF program including Robert Kenner (Food Inc), Darius Marder (Loot), Tze Chun (Children of Invention), Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo), Jim Granato (D-Tour), and Jody Lee Lipes (Brock Enright). only at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/moviegee...

Premiere of Lost Hal Ashby film; debut for Angelina Jolie

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Talk about art imitating life, or vice-versa – or something like that. Here’s the story: In 1981, Jon Voight signed on to star in a comedy called Lookin’ To Get Out, which he’d co-written. Co-starring would be Burt Young of Rocky fame, and the stunning Ann-Margret. Directing would be Hal Ashby, a maverick who’d made such hit flicks as Harold and Maude (1971), Shampoo (1975) and Being There (1979), and who would die of cancer 1988. Jon had been pa...

Sarasota Film Festival movie review capsules

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WANT MORE SCOOP ON THESE FILMS?  CHECK OUT OUR MOVIE TALK RADIO SHOW "MOVIE GEEKS UNITED!" HEAR EXCLUSIVE FILMMAKER INTERVIEWS (see below)! Go now to www.blogtalkradio.com/moviegeeksunited and listen now!  And call this Sunday at 6pm eastern / 5pm central to ask questions concerning these films!The recent 9th annual Sarasota Film Festival was the biggest yet, hosting around 210 films from all over the world.  This event has become increasingly popular with both film fans and industr...

Interviews with Aaron Katz (Quiet City) and Marcia Gay Harden (Canvas) at the Sarasota Film Festival

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Tune in to MOVIE GEEKS UNITED! tonight at 6pm eastern/5pm central for exclusive scoops on upcoming releases, interviews with filmmakers from the Sarasota Film Festival, and the first part of our Summer Movie Madness series!  It's movie talk radio on the internet!  Call in and share your thoughts during the show!  Just click the link below and get your geek on! You can also access the show at any time using the archives!...

Is Nicolas Cage a sell-out?...that's just the beginning...

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Wanna know what you missed on MOVIE GEEKS UNITED! tonight?  Nicolas Cage is selling out....A movie about men having sex with horses should be memorable...."Spiderman 3" should bust the box office wide open....Jerry challenges Jamey concerning the merits of Al Pacino's current work...(uh-oh)Samuel Jackson showed up in the video of my 10th birthday party...Writer-director Aaron Katz ("Quiet City") pontificated on the struggles of independent filmmakers...while Marcia Gay H...

Sunday, May 5 on MOVIE GEEKS UNITED! internet radio talk show

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Join us for our internet radio show MOVIE GEEKS UNITED!tomorrow evening at 6pm eastern/5pm central for a very special episode!On the show....Producer-Director SOPHIE FIENNESwill be on the show to discuss her new film"The Pervert's Guide to Cinema"THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, acclaimed philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his eng...

The greatest program in the history of movie talk radio is here....MOVIE GEEKS UNITED!

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A quick update on MOVIE GEEKS UNITED!, the ultimate movie radio show premiering Sunday, April 15 at 6pm eastern/ 5 pm central...Jamey, Jerry and Chris -- the quintessential movie geeks -- are planning a series of shows you won't want to miss!This is internet blog radio that can be heard by anyone throughout the world.  All you need is an internet connection and a speaker!Just look at what we have in store for you for our first show:We talk "Grindhouse" -- the pinnacle of movie gee...

Sarasota Film Festival Movie Review: THE CAMDEN 28

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In August of 1971, discontent with the raging war in Vietnam was bleeding over into the streets of cities and towns across America.  Out of this chaos came the Camden 28, an anti-war protest group largely made up of conscientious objectors from the Catholic left.  They set out to break into a New Jersey draft board office and destroy as many records as they could.  This was their attempt to strike a fierce, practical blow to the system that set young men off to a foreign land to die.  Little...

Movie Reviews from the Sarasota Film Festival

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WANT MORE SCOOP ON THESE FILMS?  CHECK OUT OUR MOVIE TALK RADIO SHOW "MOVIE GEEKS UNITED!" HEAR EXCLUSIVE FILMMAKER INTERVIEWS (see below)! Go now to www.blogtalkradio.com/moviegeeksunited and listen now!  And call this Sunday at 6pm eastern / 5pm central to ask questions concerning these films!The recent 9th annual Sarasota Film Festival was the biggest yet, hosting around 210 films from all over the world.  This event has become increasingly popular with both film fans and industr...

Sarasota Film Festival Award Winners

 Monday, April 23----The Sarasota Film Festival Competition and Audience Awards were announced at a reception hosted by Metro Coffee & Wine, on Saturday afternoon, during the Festival's final weekend. The awards, which have a a cash value of $5000 for the filmmaker, were introduced by Festival Director of Programming, Tom Hall and Festival Programmer, Holly Herrick.  2007 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL AWARDSNarrative Feature Competition Award: WAITRESS, directed by Adrienne Shelly.Documenta...

Winners of the 2007 Sarasota Film Festival

 Monday, April 23----The Sarasota Film Festival Competition and Audience Awards were announced at a reception hosted by Metro Coffee & Wine, on Saturday afternoon, during the Festival's final weekend. The awards, which have a a cash value of $5000 for the filmmaker, were introduced by Festival Director of Programming, Tom Hall and Festival Programmer, Holly Herrick.  2007 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL AWARDSNarrative Feature Competition Award: WAITRESS, directed by Adrienne Shelly.Documenta...

Night Of 1000 Stars

Friday, April 20-----The Sarasota Film Festival reaches its climax this evening with its legendary Night of 1000 Stars Tribute, which will begin at 9:30pm tonight at Michael's On East (a venue change from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall). The Festival will be paying tribute to a stellar group of film industry luminaries, including  an Excellence in Producing Award for IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring (BOYS DON'T CRY, MEN WITH GUNS, WAKING LIFE, GRAY'S ANATOMY), a Lif...

Joey Pants and Marcia Gay Come To Sarasota

Thursday, April 19-----Character actor "Joey Pants" Pantoliano and Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden arrive in Sarasota today to promote their latest film together, CANVAS, and to participate in the A Conversation With.....series at Sarasota's historic Asolo Theater. CANVAS is the directorial debut of director Joseph Greco, which was shot on location in the state of Florida. In this searing drama, Pantoliano and Harden play John and Mary Marino, a working class Florida cou...

Honoring Steve Buscemi In Sarasota

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FARGOWednesday, April 18----Actor/director Steve Buscemi, one of indie film's luminaries, will be honored with the World Cinema Award at the Sarasota Film Festival  this evening at a special World Cinema Celebration block party in downtown Sarasota.  Buscemi, best known for his turns in FARGO and RESERVOIR DOGS, is in town for a series of special event appearnaces. Last night, Buscemi displayed his considerable charisma at the sold-out  A Conversation With....At The Historic Asolo T...

BLOOD CAR: The Anti-GRINDHOUSE

Tuesday, April 17----Perhaps one of the many lessons to be learned from the hemmoraging of money (and reputation) that is GRINDHOUSE, the Tarantino-Rodriguez-Weinstein Brothers box office fiasco, is that if you are going to do a sleazy, low-budget exploitation film, don't spend $100 million dollars on making and marketing it. The Weinsteins, usually known for this business savvy, way overreached on this one....not fully understanding that the film geeks obsessions of their tyro directors is ...

The Shape Of Things To Come

Tuesday, April 17---While Sarasota may be noted for its beautiful sunsets, pristine beaches and cultural offerings, it is also an important city of architectural interest. In the years after the second World War, a number of architects, influenced by modernism and the Bauhaus movement, built a number of intriguing public and private buildings, which constitute an architectural legacy of some renown. Whether this legacy is properly prized by local authorities is another issue. As Sarasota grows i...

Emerging Jewish Voices

 Monday, April 17-----One of the best attended sidebars of the Sarasota Film Festival is its Emerging Jewish Voices program, featuring a diverse group of Jewish-themed films that provide a contemplative and suggestive look at the re-examination of Jewish history and a sense of what is important to contemporary Jewish culture.   The Jewish community is particularly mindful of keeping its history, both tragic and transecendent, alive in the hearts and minds of its members. This sentiment reaches...

History Lessons At The Sarasota FF

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Sunday, April 16---With the tail end of the Northeastern storm that has been plaguing the Eastern half of the United States whipping through Sarasota (for half the day, at least), the respites of the Festival’s jam-packed schedule provided a dry and warm alternative to the blustery winds outside the theater. This being my first full day of screenings, I opened myself to the serendipity of film hopping, only realizing after the day was done that there emerged a kind of symmetry to it all.The fi...

Honors For Edward Norton and Brian Koppelman

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 Saturday, April 14----The Sarasota Film Festival, which began its 9th edition last night, will salute Academy Award nominated actor Edward Norton and writer/producer Brian Koppelman (who recently teamed as actor and producer of the critically acclaimed THE ILLUSIONIST) at The Reel Experience at The Lake Club Gala this evening.   Mr. Norton will be honored with the Festival’s Humanitarian Award, with Koppelman receiving an Excellence in Screenwriting honor for his work (which includes...

Sarasota Film Festival Opens With Its Head In The Stars

Friday, April 13----The Sarasota Film Festival opens this evening with its head in the stars......courteosy of the East Coast premiere of the Sundance Film Festival sleeper hit IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON. This dazzling documentary feature film, which won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Competition at Sundance, is a visually exhilirating account of the triumphs and tragedies of the Apollo space program, as recalled by the astronauts and technicians who made the giant leap into the next st...

Steve Buscemi To Receive World Cinema Award at Sarasota Film Festival

Friday, April 13----Actor/director Steve Buscemi, one of indie film's luminaries, will be honored with the World Cinema Award at the Sarasota Film Festival, which begins this evening in the Florida Gulf Coast resort city. Buscemi, best known for his turns in FARGO and RESERVOIR DOGS, will attend the Festival for two special event evenings.On Tuesday, April 17th, Buscemi wil participate in the Festival's A Conversation With....At The Historic Asolo Theater, an opportunity for audiences...

Ninth Sarasota Film Festival Launches Friday Night

Wednesday, April 11-----The 9th edition of the Sarasota Film Festival, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing film events in the country, will kick off this Friday evening with its most ambitious and exciting program to date. The 10-day event, which features a mix of emerging talents, international cinema and salutes to cinema greats, takes place in the beautiful Gulf Coast resort city of Sarasota, Florida (home of some of the most glorious sunsets this ex-Floridian has ever seen). The Fes...

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