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Greg Kinnear’s Directorial Debut Film “Phil” Closes Out 21st Annual Sarasota Film Festival

Sarasota, FL) The 21st Annual Sarasota Film Festival concluded Saturday evening with the screening of Greg Kinnear’s directorial debut film “Phil” at the Sarasota Opera House. Kinnear also appeared in a Q&A earlier in the day before a packed house at the Sage Restaurant in downtown Sarasota.

“Phil” is one of those movies that is difficult to categorize. It has some very funny moments and some dramatic dark moments. The film deals with the topic of suicide creating a delicate line that Kinnear as both an actor in the lead role and director walks with great skill in leading the audience on this storytelling journey.

Phil is a dentist who is dissatisfied and looking for more meaning in his life. We even see him contemplating suicide. When one of his patients Michael, played by Bradley Whitford, who exudes an apparent zest for life and is seemingly very successful I career and home life comes in for a routine cleaning, it sets Phil on his journey to find that same kind of zeal in his own existence.

SARASOTA, FL – APRIL 13: Greg Kinnear attends the 2019 Sarasota Film Festival on April 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for 2019 Sarasota Film Festival)

Without giving away too much, Phil, who is divorced and has a teen-age daughter, follows Michael around for awhile and admires his home, family and especially his wife, played by Emily Mortimer. We are then shocked to see that Michael has committed suicide by hanging himself in the woods which Phil discovers while following him in his car. Phil goes to Michael’s funeral and in a funny and poignant scene, meets his widow Alicia. Phil pretends to be a friend of Michael that he knew many years ago in Greece and even takes on a Greek accent. Alicia is touched that Phil, pretending to be this friend, traveled all this way to honor her husband and invites him to her house. Phil then pretends to be a plumber and offers to finish a job Michael had begun refurbishing Alicia’s bathroom just to be able to be near her. While it sounds a bit creepy, Kinnear plays the part with such effective pathos that the audience can’t help but root for him. I’ll leave the plot there, but the film does end on a positive note and will leave you feeling good about what happened.

In other events during the festival, Emmy Award winning and Tony Award winning actress Blythe Danner was honored with the SFF Icon Award and Emmy Award winning and Tony Award nominated actress Anne Heche was honored with a Career Tribute Award. The festival also celebrated the groundbreaking of its new facility to be built in downtown Sarasota.





Big Band Files with Doug Miles guest singer/actress Eartha Kitt

In this Big Band Files classic, Doug Miles talks with actress and singer Eartha Kitt who was scheduled to perform in Sarasota back in 2006. Also an interview with James Kaplan who wrote a book with Jerry Lewis titled “Dean and Me”. Originally aired WIBQ, now WSRQ radio in Sarasota, FL.





Big Band Files with Doug Miles Tribute to Singer Kaye Stevens

We pay tribute to singer/actress Kaye Stevens who passed away on December 28, 2011. Kaye was a multi-talented performer who worked with just about everyone in show business including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. She was a regular panelist on game shows like “Match Game” and “Tattletales” and performed on all the variety and talk shows in the 60’s and 70’s. She was also an actress on daytime television’s “Days of Our Lives”.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kaye Stevens in 2010 for my radio show. This episode features three segments of our conversation.





“Talk Across America” guest Actress Andrea Conte

Doug Miles talks with actress Andrea Conte about her career in show business, working in Film, TV, on stage, working with Burt Reynolds and more on “Talk Across America”.





“Dallas” actress Charlene Tilton radio interview

In this archived episode of “Talk Across America”, Doug Miles talks with Charlene Tilton about the classic TV show “Dallas” and her current projects at the time. This was originally aired on WIBQ, now WSRQ radio in Sarasota, FL Nov. 2004. Dallas seasons 1,2 available here: https://amzn.to/2KWcTXB





The Mary Tyler Moore Show – Mary singing One for my baby

This 4 minute scene from the Mary Tyler Moore show illustrates just how good she was as an actress and comedienne. Mary, who was an excellent singer, acts here as a bad singer. Not easy to do. Ed Asner as Lou Grant does a masterful job as well in the scene.




Remembering Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore passed away today at age 80. In addition to being a talented actress and comedienne who starred in two classic TV shows, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, she was a well respected producer of many television series as part of her MTM Productions. She was a talented singer and dancer as well. Mary Tyler Moore had been battling health issues for many years.




Remembering Debbie Reynolds

The legendary actress, singer and entertainer Debbie Reynolds passed away on December 29th one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher passed away. I had the pleasure of talking with Debbie on WSRQ radio in 2008. Here is the “Big Band Files” show featuring some songs of Debbie Reynolds and our conversation.




Actress Lindsay Wagner brings Bionic memories to Florida

(Sarasota, FL) For one night only on Friday, August 26th, 2016, Emmy award-winning actress Lindsay Wagner comes to Fort Walton Beach, FL for a fun and unique trip down memory lane.

“More than a Bionic Woman”: An Evening with Lindsay Wagner promises to be a night of heart-warming and hilarious anecdotes from a career spanning over four decades by one of the world’s most popular actresses.

Lindsay first came to prominence in the critically acclaimed role of Susan Fields in Oscar-winning movie The Paper Chase, but she received worldwide recognition when she broke the mold for women on television with her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers. As she collaborated with the writers, “The Bionic Woman” became an inspiration around the world and in 1977 Lindsay won the Emmy for “Best Actress in a Dramatic Role”. This was followed by over 40 TV movies, 5 mini-series and several feature films and specials.

Lindsay Wagner provides a rare and unique insight into the life of an internationally renowned Hollywood actress, including questions from the audience.

On Sunday afternoon, August 28th, Lindsay Wagner will hold an acting master class. The four-hour class is for
beginning actors as well as experienced actors who would like to refine their craft.

Lindsay will guide you into greater authenticity and spontaneity, help you access emotions, learn stress reduction techniques, heighten creative awareness and share with you the realizations and tools that she has found are crucial to achieving a high level of performance.

Both events will be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE in Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548. Friday’s program begins at 7PM EDT. Tickets are $40. Sunday’s master class begins at 1:30 PM EDT. Registration is $75. Visit https://www.emeraldcoastconventioncenter.com for more information.

Please view my interview with Lindsay Wagner:







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Remembering actress Beth Howland





Beth Howland was a talented actress who worked in television and on the Broadway stage. She was best known for her role as Vera on the 1970’s sitcom “Alice”. She passed away at 74 today. Here’s part of her performance in the 1970 production of “Company”.