(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Film Festival has released its full line-up, including its Narrative Feature Competition, Independent Visions Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, its Sundance/Gate Foundation Shorts, its Centerpiece and Spotlight films, and its Best of the Web Program.
Emmy Award and two-time Golden Globe Award-Winning British-American actress Jane Seymour (LIVE AND LET DIE, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) will be in attendance to showcase Evangelos Giovanis and George Giovanis’ BEREAVE, which is one this year’s Narrative Spotlight films. Academy Award-Winning actress Cloris Leachman (“Mary Tyler Moore”) will also be in attendance to fete Ryan Jaffe’s THIS IS HAPPENING.
Seymour and Leachman will both be honored at this year’s Tribute Luncheon in support of SFF Women, which will be held on Friday, April 17th at 11:00am at the Sarasota Yacht Club, along with the Through Women’s Eyes collaboration and the Side by Side Symposium. The annual Luncheon marks the festival’s initiative to create a collaborative environment for women in the entertainment industry and to honor women who have made a significant contribution to the art of film.
“This luncheon is an important tradition, and I look forward to having Jane and Cloris at this year’s event,” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. “The presence of such iconic actresses, coupled with the rich and diverse line-up, assure a dynamic festival that will both stimulate and inspire our audiences.”
The Luncheon will host a silent auction with SFF handbags exclusively designed by Diana E Kelly, INC, which was founded 5 years ago in Sarasota and now sells its products throughout the US as well as internationally.
In addition, Academy Award-Winning Actress Rachel Weisz (THE CONSTANT GARDENER) will be in attendance at the Festival to honor up-and-coming Writer/Director Tom Browne with the Emerging World Cinema Auteur Award for their collaboration on RADIATOR, which is part of the Festival’s Narrative Feature Competition.
This section will boast some of the festival’s finest domestic and international films, including DIVINE ACCESS by Steven Chester Prince, ENTERTAINMENT by Rick Alverson, OBRA by Gregorio Graziosi, PHANTOM HALO by Antonia Bogdanovich, SLOW WEST by John Maclean, WHITE GOD by Kornél Mundruczó, and YOSEMITE by Gabrielle Demeestere.
The Documentary Feature Competition will showcase ALMOST THERE by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, BENEATH THE OLIVE TREE by Stavroula Toska, HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by Scott Teems, THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON by Mark Craig, SELECT(ED) by Kayla McCormick, STRAY DOG by Debra Granik, TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW by Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore, and WALKING UNDER WATER by Eliza Kubarska.
The Independent Visions Competition will feature BACKGAMMON by Francisco Orvañanos, DEVILTOWN by Harvey Mitkas, EEL by James Kaelan, LAKE LOS ANGELES by Mike Ott, LAMB by Ross Patridge, RUNOFF by Kimberly Levin, TIRED MOONLIGHT by Britni West, and UNCERTAIN TERMS by Nathan Silver.
James Ponsoldt will attend to present the festival’s Narrative Centerpiece, his Sundance hit THE END OF THE TOUR starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel. Ondi Timoner will attend to present the festival’s Documentary Centerpiece, her SXSW opener Brand: A SECOND COMING, about comedian and social activist Russell Brand. Narrative Spotlight films include Evangelos and George Giovanis’ BEREAVE (Malcolm McDowell, Jane Seymour), Bill Pohlad’s LOVE AND MERCY (John Cusack, Paul Giamatti), Olivier Assayas’ CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart), and Andrew Bujalski’s RESULTS (Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders). Documentary Spotlight films include Matthew Heineman’s CARTEL LAND, Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel’s FINDERS KEEPERS, Barbara Kopple’s HOT TYPE, and Albert Maysles’ IRIS.
The festival will also honor the late documentary master Albert Maysles, showing a newly restored print of his classic GREY GARDENS, and also having a special screening of his penultimate film IRIS, capping a daylong program of “The Most Fashionable Films Ever” in honor of that film’s subject. In addition, during the Closing Night Awards ceremony the festival will premiere a short documentary tribute to Maysles produced by Morgan Spurlock and Ondi Timoner and directed by the festival’s Creative Producer Michael Dunaway.
The Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, a partnership between the Sundance Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to spark conversations about solutions to global challenges, will showcase 175 Grams (India) by Bharat Mirle, Dropping In (South Africa) by Willem Van Den Heever, Isabelle’s Garden (U.S.A.) by Jeffrey Palmer, Man in the Maze (U.S.A.) by Phil Buccellato and Jesse Ash, A Will of Iron (Nigeria) by Seyi Fabunmi and Mobolaji Adeolu , Melody (Chile) by Marialy Rivas, The Visible Hand (Argentina) by Gael García Bernal, The World is as Big or as Small As You Make It (U.S.A.) by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, and Nana (Mexico) by Diego Luna. (****** Should we say “This will be the only screening of this program outside Sundance.”?)
The Festival’s Best of the Web program, which represents a diverse sampling of comedic web series that were released online this past year or are premiering at the festival before being launched online, includes Convos With My 4-Year-Old by Matthew Clarke, David Milchard, Driving Arizona by Dylan Tanous, Joe Ahern, Anthony Pucillo, Drug Deals by Mike Fitzgerald, Matt Carrier, Adam Bial, Mike Stone: Actor by Renata Green-Gaber, David Harper, My Mom On Movies by Joshua Seftel, Understudies by Daniel Shea Zimbler, Elisabeth Gray, Wiener Vs. Brain by Almog Avidan Antonir, Tom Assam-Miller, Heston Horwin, Chase Cargill and Written It Down by Matt Saraceni, Dave Zwolenski.
The Festival announced its first year partnership with the prestigious Screenwriters Colony, founded in 2002 by John Johnson, co-founder of BuzzFeed and Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Its purpose is to provide an outlet for a select group of emerging screenwriters to engage with peers, and receive guidance from industry professionals. Past mentorships have included Cary Fukanaga (True Detective), Frank Pugliese (House of Cards), Henry Bean (Internal Affairs), among others. During the partnership’s inaugural year, the colony will be presenting a Television Writing Intensive Workshop at the Sarasota Film Festival to help these individuals hone their craft and create an extended curriculum for future years.
The Festival also previously announced that Director Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND, starring Richard Gere, Jena Malone, and Ben Vereen, will open its 17th annual installment, with Moverman in attendance to receive the Hearts and Minds of Independent Film Award. Director Brett Haley’s I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliott, will screen as the Closing Night film. Haley will be in attendance along with Danner, who will receive the festival’s Impact Award.
For tickets and a complete schedule of films and events, visit http://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.
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