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Baltimore Orioles to Host Fan Appreciation Promotions at Ed Smith Stadium

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will conclude their sixth season in Sarasota with special Fan Appreciation celebrations during the final two home games at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday, April 1 and Friday, April 3. This year, the Orioles will thank fans for their support throughout Spring Training with an exclusive poster giveaway and an end-of-season fireworks display. Through 12 home games, more than 92,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles Baseball at Ed Smith Stadium during the 2015 Spring Training season.

On April 1, all fans will receive a Cartoon Bird Art Poster when the Orioles face the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:05 p.m. MLB licensed artist and Sarasota resident, Timothy Raines, designed the poster giveaway featuring the Orioles Cartoon Bird logo. Raines is known to bring fine art to globally iconic brands with a focus in sports and the automotive industry. He has worked with a number of renowned brands, including Major League Baseball, MLB teams and players, the MLB Foundation, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Michelin, HGTV, ABC, Hilton and Westin.
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To wrap up the season, the Orioles will host Fireworks Night on April 3 following the Orioles 6:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves.

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Baltimore Orioles To Host 5th Annual All Faiths Food Drive Tuesday, March 31

(Sarasota, FL) On Tuesday, March 31, the Baltimore Orioles will host the 5th annual All Faiths Food Drive to help underserved families in the Sarasota area. Fans attending the 1:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank.

Since 2011, over 2,896 pounds of food and $4,000 in cash donations have been collected at the yearly food drive to help underserved families in the Sarasota area. In 2014, All Faiths Food Bank distributed seven million pounds of food, which equates to nearly 5.8 million meals. More than 3,500 volunteers and 195 partner agencies and programs in Sarasota and DeSoto counties support the Food Bank’s mission.
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The Orioles’ participation in the All Faiths Food Drive is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long. For more information or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, visit

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17th Annual Sarasota Film Festival Releases Complete Film Schedule

(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.
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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.

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Tampa Bay Rays to Retire Don Zimmer’s Number On Opening Day

(St. Petersburg, FL) The Tampa Bay Rays will retire uniform No. 66 in honor of the team’s longtime senior advisor Don Zimmer in a pregame ceremony at Tropicana Field on Monday, April 6 when the Rays open the season against the Baltimore Orioles.

“Don Zimmer enriched the lives of everyone in the Rays family, and he played a significant part in the growth of our organization,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg. “Zim’s presence has been a gift to the game of baseball, and his influence will be felt for years to come.

“It has been a true privilege of my stewardship of the Rays to have had Don as such an important part of our organization. It is with great pride that we honor him and the game by retiring his number.”

No. 66 was the last uniform number worn by the beloved Zimmer and signified his number of years in professional baseball. He spent 11 years in a Rays uniform (2004-14) most of any of the 14 major league clubs that employed him as a player, coach or manager.

Zimmer passed away June 4, 2014. He broke into the majors in 1954 as an infielder with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was a teammate of Jackie Robinson for the next three seasons. He went on to play 12 seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators.
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From 1971 until his death, Zimmer either managed, coached or served as an advisor for nine major league clubs. During his 66-year career, his teams advanced to the postseason 19 times including all four of the Rays appearances (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013) and won six World Series rings. Prior to joining the Rays, he spent eight seasons as bench coach with the New York Yankees under Manager Joe Torre.

His uniform number will be posted high above the left-center field wall where it will join the Rays two other retired numbers: Wade Boggs’ No. 12 (retired in 1999) and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 (retired by all teams in 1997).

Zimmer was in uniform for 55 major league Opening Days and this will be the first Opening Day without him since 1971. His wife, Soot, and son, Tommy, will be among those present for the ceremony.

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Sarasota Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Night Films

(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Film Festival announced today that Director Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind”, starring Richard Gere, Jena Malone, and Ben Vereen, will open its 17th annual installment with a screening on Friday, April 10th at 6:30PM at the Sarasota Opera House. Moverman will attend the festival and 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 on Saturday, April 18th at 7:00PM at the Sarasota Opera House. Haley will be in attendance along with Danner, who will receive the festival’s Impact Award.

“We’re excited to have these two films to open and close our 17th installment,” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. “Opening with a very dramatic performance by Richard Gere and closing with the elegant and clever Blythe Danner, the festival will have both touching and inspiring moments for all.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to showcase these two significant films for my first year at the festival,” said Michael Dunaway, Director of Programming. “They place the Sarasota Film Festival in a competitive spotlight and tastefully frame our diverse lineup.”

“Time Out of Mind”, produced by Richard Gere, Lawrence Inglee, Caroline Kaplan, Edward Watson, Miranda Bailey and Bill Pohlad, and directed by Oren Moverman, follows a seemingly normal homeless man (Gere) on the streets of New York as he struggles to find stability and restore his relationship with his estranged daughter (Malone). IFC Films will be releasing “Time Out of Mind” in September.

Closing night film “I’ll See You In My Dreams”, directed by Brett Haley, stars Ms. Danner as a widow who’s settled into her life and her age, until a series of events propel her into a renewed engagement with the people and the world around her. The film also stars Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place. The film was written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch and produced by Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith and Brett Haley. Bleecker Street will be releasing “I’ll See You In My Dreams” in May.

The Sarasota Film Festival will announce its full line up next week, including its Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Sundance & Gates Foundation shorts.

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