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DAY 7 @ SFF!

MUST SEE MOVIES 4/7!
Day 7 at SFF! Things are heating up as closing weekend is quickly approaching! Today we have the honor of screening Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket with Matthew Modine! Don't be the one to miss this incredible event! 
We are also offering a FREE ticket to any of our shorts programs with the purchase of a feature ticket! 
Don't forget your shorts!

 

FULL METAL JACKET
 
Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Vietnam War masterwork still stuns nearly 30 years after its release. Matthew Modine is magnetic as Pvt. Joker, an unlikely soldier who journeys from the brutality of boot camp (and a barking drill sergeant memorably played by R. Lee Ermey) to the barbarism of the (often urban) Asian battlefield. Memorably split into two sections, Kubrick's vivid, penultimate film is intense, wry, sly and thought-provoking - a meditation on what happens to the mind as it prepares for, and partakes in the act of killing. Paired with Modine's illuminating "Full Metal Jacket Diary" book and App, this is an unforgettable sensory experience.
Matthew Modine will be in attendance.
 
Thu, Apr 7 8:00 PM

SUNSET SONG
 
A longtime passion project for legendary British director Terence Davies, SUNSET SONG is based on the classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, considered to be one of the greatest Scottish novels of the 20th century. Agyness Deyn is a true revelation as Chris Guthrie, a young Scottish woman coming of age just before World War I. When the war disrupts her rural community, bringing forth unexpected change, she must find the strength necessary to overcome these difficulties. Shot on glorious 65mm film, the cinematography seems almost otherworldly in its beauty and lyricism. Slow and thoughtful, SUNSET SONG rewards patient viewers with a deeply moving experience.
Thu, Apr 7 2:45 PM
 
 
REFINERY SURVEYOR BLACK
 
Creepy industrial waste and mysterious corporate poisonings trouble a mild-mannered factory inspector in this David Lynch-esque black comedy-mystery. After a small-town sugar refinery plant closes, Mr. Black, the oversight assessor, discovers that opiate addiction, medical problems, and other odd goings-on that are rampant in the area. However, the more Mr. Black investigates the corruption, the murkier things become. Directors Brian George and Galen Jackson maintain a palpable sense of dread and paranoia amidst rust-colored quirkiness.
Thu, Apr 7 1:45 PM 
 
WEINER
One of the most potent political meltdowns of the modern era gets its closeup in this stunning behind-the-scenes documentary. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner had survived a devastating sexting scandal to become an unlikely frontrunner in the 2013 New York mayor's race. Then a second sexting scandal erupts, this time with a young woman determined to get face time. Codirector Josh Kriegman, Weiner's former chief of staff, gets incredible access to his former boss and his wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. What Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg capture on film is a dissection of how one high-profile figure's personal, political, public and private moments intersect.
 
Thu, Apr 7 5:30 PM
Sat, Apr 9 5:45 PM
ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

You know what would be even better than an observational narrative film about what life is like for 21st century young people in Warsaw? A vérité documentary about what life is like for 21st century young people in Warsaw. Sounds too good to be true, but here it is. It helps that director/cinematographer Michal Marczak has a great eye for composition and lighting, as you might expect from his experience. As he follows his two subjects, Krzysztof and Michal all over town, inseparable even when they are pursuing the same woman, the banalities of teenage life eventually acquire a certain gravitas, and the audience feels a part of it all. ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS feels completely immersive, and completely beautiful.
Thu, Apr 7 8:45 PM
Sun, Apr 10 3:45 PM

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MORRIS FROM AMERICA

MORRIS FROM AMERICA tells the touching story of Curtis and Morris, an African-American father and son living in Heidelberg, Germany. In an environment that is utterly foreign to both of them, their relationship flows along with the hip hop beats they so often exchange. Among his peers, Morris struggles with racial stereotypes as the German kids expect him to be a great basketball player like Kobe Bryant, or a skillful dancer like Michael Jackson. Ironically, his real dream would be just as easy for them to understand -- he wants to be a great rapper. Once a beautiful older girl begins to show interest in him, the stakes are raised dramatically. An important movie in the year of #OscarsSoWhite -- and an entertaining one at that.
 
Thu, Apr 7 9:30 PM
Fri, Apr 8 6:00 PM

DAY 6 @ SFF!

7 MUST SEE MOVIES 4/6!
 
MISS SHARON JONES!
 
Someone once told Sharon Jones that she was "too black, too fat, too short, and too old" to make it big as a singer. We can all thank the heavens that she didn't listen. As the frontwoman for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, she now stands at the forefront of the neo-soul revival, and her live shows are a wonder to behold. But in 2013 she faced a brand new struggle - she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Two-time Academy Award® winner and frequent SFF guest Barbara Kopple was there to chronicle her journey. MISS SHARON JONES! is a stirring portrait of courage, perseverance, and - ultimately - triumph.
Barbara Kopple will be in attendance.
 
Sun, Apr 3 1:45 PM
Wed, Apr 6 6:45 PM

LITTLE MEN
 
The latest New York drama from acclaimed director Ira Sachs (KEEP THE LIGHTS ON) follows Brian (Greg Kinnear), Kathy, and their son, Jake, as they move into the building inherited from Brian's father. Jake quickly becomes best friends with Tony, the son of the seamstress that rents the space on the ground floor. Brian and Kathy learn that Brian's father had been charging the shop rent far below market value. They face a financial crisis themselves and they're forced to make some difficult decisions. In the aftermath of this, Jake's friendship with Tony is put to the test. LITTLE MEN is a vibrant and tender exploration of friendship that is sure to resonate long after the credits roll.

Sat, Apr 2 5:15 PM
Wed, Apr 6 9:00 PM

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LO AND BEHOLD 
Documentarian Werner Herzog likes to take on big topics in his films: in LO AND BEHOLD, he tackles the Internet-all of it. This breezy, consistently thought-provoking documentary doesn't purport to be exhaustive (what would such a film about the World Wide Web look like?) but it does offer a fascinating once-over of the Internet's glories and dangers, extolling its ability to connect people while at the same time worrying about its toxic skill at alienating us from each other and our true selves. Here, Herzog breaks tradition and invites his cornucopia of guests to guide the movie's talking points. It's Herzog's intelligence and curiosity that ties the whole thing together, reminding us once again of his singular ability to provoke wonder and profundity with his work.
Wed, Apr 6 9:15 PM
THE ART OF THE PRANK
ART OF THE PRANK tells the story of New York artist and media activist Joey Skaggs who has gained notoriety for his elaborate media hoaxes that bring to light societal flaws and satirize these imperfections. Known as the mastermind behind the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, the Fat Squad, and the Portofess (the mobile confessional booth), he has successfully tricked mainstream media into believing his outrageous schemes since the 1960s. Filmmaker Andrea Marini is given the unique opportunity to follow the mischievous prankster as he puts together the most demanding hoax of his career.
In attendance:  Director: Andrea Marini; Producer: Judy Drosd; 
Joey Skaggs
Wed, Apr 6 4:30 PM
NUTS!
During the Depression, Dr. John Romulus Brinkly achieved success by implanting goat testicles as a cure for impotence! Winner of the Special Jury Award for Editing at Sundance, this "mostly true" story of a charlatan, entrepreneur and eccentric genius is told by a "hilariously unreliable narrator" using wacky drawings, animated re-enactments, archival footage and a foot-tapping soundtrack. Dr. Brinkly had millions of ideas (a million-watt border radio station, junk mail, infomercials), some so audacious that the government had to create regulations to stop him. Award-winning director Penny Lane (OUR NIXON) crafts yet another engrossing documentary. This laugh-out-loud film is sure to be the most fun you have ever had watching a documentary!
 
Tue, Apr 5 7:15 PM
Wed, Apr 6 6:30 PM
 
SHORTS 6: NARRATIVE 3

Sometimes it's hard to understand life's hurdles.

Included Shorts:
AUSTERITY
THE BIG DAM (LE BARRAGE)
SEMELE 
SOPHIE 
TASTE OF LIFE 
THE WIDOW 
WINTER HYMNS 
WITHHELD
Tue, Apr 5:30 PM
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MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS

The US isn't the only country struggling with a bloated health care bureaucracy, as this Mexican drama shows.When Sonia Bonet (the fantastic Jana Raluy) goes in search of answers at the office of the insurance company that refuses to pay for the medicine to treat her husband's tumor, she's plunged into a strange, Kafkaesque world of bureaucratic nightmare. Like a creepy hybrid of FALLING DOWN and BRAZIL, the film depicts Bonet's dogged assurance to find answers, no matter what it costs her. The film is relatively short and quick-paced, but it drives home its point effectively as Rodrigo Plá, a jury prize winner at Berlin in 2012 for LA DEMORA, returns with another triumph.
 
Wed, Apr 6 7:30 PM

DAY 5 @ SFF!

7 MUST SEE MOVIES 4/5!
 
NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU
 
Not many people are game-changers in two different walks of life. Norman Lear became famous as the father of modern television comedy, having created "All in the Family", "Good Times", "The Jeffersons", "Sanford and Son", "Maude", and many others. Then, at the beginning of the Reagan era, he walked away from it all to form People for the American Way, one of the foremost progressive advocacy groups of the last half century. SFF alums Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (DETROPIA) tell Lear's story with a bit of help from George Clooney, Jay Leno, Russell Simmons, and many more... including, of course, the inimitable Norman Lear himself.

Sun, Apr 3 5:30 PM
Tue, Apr 5 3:00 PM

CAN WE TAKE A JOKE
"When people are outraged about something," argues comedian Gilbert Gottfried in CAN WE TAKE A JOKE, "they're also patting themselves on the back. Hey, I'm a good person! I was outraged!" The roots of outrage and its expression in politically correct culture are thoroughly skewered in Ted Balaker's documentary. Jim Norton, Lisa Lampanelli, Adam Carrolla, and other comedians also gather to tell horror stories of their tangles with the "thought police"; with a shocking number of tangles coming on college campuses. It's easy to laugh when the butt of the humor is someone with whom we don't really identify. But when it hits a little too close to home: can we take a joke?
 
Tue, Apr 5 5:00 PM
SHORTS 9: MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Not for the faint-hearted! This program features an array of genres; from horror to risque to experimental.
2.57K 
EMPTY BED 
I BLAME MONTY HALL 
NIGHT OF THE SLASHER
NONE OF THAT 
SAVASANA
SIMON 
TOMMY AND DAVID 
VALERIA 
THE WIND 

Tue, Apr 5 9:45 PM 
Wed, Apr 6 9:30 PM
REMITTANCE
REMITTANCE follows Marie, a foreign domestic worker from the Philippines, as she struggles to cope with her demanding new employers in Singapore, long hours of work, and separation from her family. Breaking from the conventional image of maids as "labor," REMITTANCE explores the transformations Marie goes through as she gets caught up in the new life she is building for herself in Singapore. At its heart, REMITTANCE is a story about a woman trying to balance her personal aspirations against her family responsibilities back home.

Tue, Apr 5 2:00 PM
NUTS
NUTS!
During the Depression, Dr. John Romulus Brinkly achieved success by implanting goat testicles as a cure for impotence! Winner of the Special Jury Award for Editing at Sundance, this "mostly true" story of a charlatan, entrepreneur and eccentric genius is told by a "hilariously unreliable narrator" using wacky drawings, animated re-enactments, archival footage and a foot-tapping soundtrack. Dr. Brinkly had millions of ideas (a million-watt border radio station, junk mail, infomercials), some so audacious that the government had to create regulations to stop him. Award-winning director Penny Lane (OUR NIXON) crafts yet another engrossing documentary. This laugh-out-loud film is sure to be the most fun you have ever had watching a documentary!
 
Tue, Apr 5 7:15 PM
Wed, Apr 6 6:30 PM
 
STEVIE D

No one is sad to see a Mafioso get accidentally killed - except the Mob, that is. They tend to come after the person responsible, even if it was an accident. Stevie D, the title character (Chris Cordone) finds himself on the wrong end of that situation, so his successful businessman father hires an unsuspecting actor to play him, in real life. Hilarity ensues. Cordone, a TV and indie film veteran, wrote and directed as well. The film also stars Torrey DeVitto (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), Kevin Chapman (MYSTIC RIVER), and John Aprea (THE GODFATHER: PART II).
Tue, Apr 5:30 PM
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MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS

The US isn't the only country struggling with a bloated health care bureaucracy, as this Mexican drama shows.When Sonia Bonet (the fantastic Jana Raluy) goes in search of answers at the office of the insurance company that refuses to pay for the medicine to treat her husband's tumor, she's plunged into a strange, Kafkaesque world of bureaucratic nightmare. Like a creepy hybrid of FALLING DOWN and BRAZIL, the film depicts Bonet's dogged assurance to find answers, no matter what it costs her. The film is relatively short and quick-paced, but it drives home its point effectively as Rodrigo Plá, a jury prize winner at Berlin in 2012 for LA DEMORA, returns with another triumph.
Tue, Apr 5 6:30 PM
Wed, Apr 6 7:30 PM

DAY 4 @ SFF!

April 4th and day 4 at SFF! Here are some films not to miss today! 
 
UNLOCKING THE CAGE
How humane is the law? Is it humane enough to cover defendants who are not human? That's the mission of lawyer Steven Wise, whose decades-long quest to save chimpanzees, dolphins and whales from a life in captivity results in a landmark case. Wise's Nonhuman Rights Project works to break down the legal wall that allows one species to imprison another - and in the process, save a chimp named Tommy. Legendary documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus follow as Wise and his team struggle to define "personhood" in this poignant documentary aimed at shifting the conversation about animal rights in the US.
 
Mon, Apr 4 6:00 PM
Sun, Apr 10 10:00 AM

THE PROMISED BAND
 
It takes a lot to get a band together, even in America. But what if, in order to meet up with your bandmates for rehearsal, you had to cross a heavily guarded border, cover up your car's identifying markings, and hide your face since it was illegal for you to be in the area in the first place? In Jen Heck's documentary THE PROMISED BAND, she follows a rock and roll band whose members are drawn from both sides of the border between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The normal rock-and-roll movie conventions suddenly acquire new meaning as each of them seems to correspond to patterns in the larger societies around them.
Sun, Apr 3 3:00 PM
Mon, Apr 4 1:30 PM
11:37 PARTY

Notorious for its outrageous design, surprise guests, and eclectic attendees, the 1137 Party is the perfect way to end the 2016 Festival. Wild performances on and off the stage mixed with a blend of high profile guests from the film and music industry make this event one not to be missed.
Musical Performance: Jah Movement
Attire: Hollywood Chic

Sat, Apr 9 11:37 PM @ World of Beer
KIKI
Winner of the Teddy Award at this year's Berlin Film Festival KIKI brings back to the forefront the fierce and fabulous world of vogue battles 25 years after PARIS IS BURNING took the world by storm. First time director Sara Jordeno takes us on a enthralling journey behind the scenes, and asks penetrating questions about the LGBTQ culture making KIKI an intriguing character study. The contrast between the glamour and ecstasy of the voguing contests and the often challenging circumstances of their everyday life not only makes for good cinema, it make for cogent social commentary. And once the beat starts and the dancers start voguing, just try to stay still in your seat.

Sunday, April 3, 1:45pm
Monday, April 4, 1:45pm
 
THE GUYS NEXT DOOR
 
Not many people actually have a "normal" family life, do they? But some people's families are even more unique than others. In the documentary THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, Erik and Sandro are a gay couple whose friend Rachel is the surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel is a married woman in her forties, with a husband and three children Together they form a quite unusual extended family. Spanning over three years, the film explores the struggles and possibilities that creating a family brings. And at the end of the day, those challenges  are what makes them like any family.
 
Saturday, April 2, 5:45pm
Monday, April 4, 9:15pm
MISSING PEOPLE
David Shapiro's multi-awarded documentary MISSING PEOPLE follows Martina Batan, the director of a prominent NYC gallery, who spends most of her free time investigating and agonizing over the unsolved murder of her younger brother, as well as obsessively researching and collecting the works of New Orleans fringe artist Roy Ferdinand. In violent and graphic scenes, Ferdinand's paintings depict the African American experience in the pre-Katrina New Orleans. While trying to understand one tragedy she is also seeking closure for the other one. Shapiro's raw and tender documentary seeks to find deeper truths about Ferdinand, about Batan's brother, and even about Batan herself.

Sat, Apr 2 1:15 PM
Mon, Apr 4 4:30 PM
 
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DON'T BLINK

Director Laura Israel allows for an intimate view into the never-before-seen personal life of one of the most influential and innovative filmmakers and photographers, Robert Frank. The Swiss artist based his life in New York City where he broke conventional, cultural, and aesthetic barriers of independent film and photography. A self-described visual person, his introspective photos altered the understanding of standard beauty social conformity, and told a story that reflected his deeply troubled life. Notoriously difficult, Frank's unwillingness to compromise allowed him to truly transform the way photography is perceived through his subject composition and innovative developing techniques, which eventually brought him the widespread acclaim that he has so adamantly rejected.
Mon, Apr 4 6:15 PM
 
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DAY 3 @ SFF!

DAY 3 @ SFF 2016!
Day 3 of SFF! We have a full day planned for y'all! The Through Women's Eyes fest closes today, FREE Kate Plays Christine panel focusing on Sarasota filmmaking and the life of Christine Chubbuck, FREE Changing the Face of Documentary Filmmaking panel with documentary film legends D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Barbara Kopple, an In Conversation with Rosie Perez AND Hollywood Nights! Just another great day at SFF!!
 
HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS
 
The culmination of student participation in SFF educational programs is showcased at Hollywood Nights. Complete with a red carpet, this event features screenings from local up and coming filmmakers, ages 8-18. Students have an opportunity to premiere their films in a theatrical setting while competing for awards and scholarship prizes.
Red Carpet for Program 1 at 5:15 PM; Film at 5:45 PM. Red Carpet for Program 2 at 7:00 PM; Film at 7:15 PM.
 
Program 1 Sunday, April 3 5:15pm

Program 2 Sunday, April 3 7:15pm
SHORTS 14: THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES
 
Short films by women filmmakers that tell compelling stories of women around the world - part 2!

Included Shorts:
BLUEY 
PHENOMENAL WOMAN, A SHORT FILM 
PUDDLE GIRL (LA NIÑA DE LOS CHARCOS)
THE ROOM (LA STANZA) 
SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD 
 
Sun, Apr 3 11:45 AM
A NEW COLOR: THE ART OF BEING EDYTHE BOONE
Long before 'Black Lives Matter' became a national rallying cry, 77-year-old Edythe Boone's life embodied that sentiment. As an African-American muralist and indefatigable art educator to thousands of undeserved San Francisco Bay Area youth, she builds bridges rather than walls between culturally distinct groups. A NEW COLOR follows Boone as she changes her Bay Area corner of the world one mural at a time, shining a light on all the social injustices she paints and protests-poverty, gender inequality and racial discrimination.
 
 
Sun, Apr 3 3:15 PM
Mon, Apr 4 2:30 PM
SUITED
 
They say the clothes make the man, right? But what if your body isn't shaped like other men's? What if you're transgender? Don't you deserve to have suits made that fit you, too? The man behind Bindle & Keep, Daniel Friedman provides just those suits for just that community. Originally he had planned to aim his business model at high-flying Wall Street executives, but a transgender assistant convinced him that he could do well by doing good for an underserved community, and so he has. Produced by Lena Dunham (whose sibling is highlighted in the film), SUITED is a fascinating profile of the artisans tailored to service those who otherwise wouldn't fit and a look into the hopes, dreams, and fears of their clients.
 
In attendance:Director-Jason Benjamin
 
Sunday, April 3, 4:45pm
 
REMITTANCE
REMITTANCE follows Marie, a foreign domestic worker from the Philippines, as she struggles to cope with her demanding new employers in Singapore, long hours of work, and separation from her family. Breaking from the conventional image of maids as "labor," REMITTANCE explores the transformations Marie goes through as she gets caught up in the new life she is building for herself in Singapore. At its heart, REMITTANCE is a story about a woman trying to balance her personal aspirations against her family responsibilities back home.
 
 
Sun, Apr 3 1:30 PM
Tue, Apr 5 2:00 PM
KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE PANEL - FILMMAKING IN SARASOTA, LIFE OF CHRISITNE CHUBBUCK
In a panel with a dual purpose, Robert Greene and some of the team behind KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE will give their perspectives on making films in Sarasota, and local residents who knew Christine Chubbuck will be given the chance to give remembrances of her.
PARTICIPANTS: Team of KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE including Director Robert Greene

Sun, Apr 3 12:00 PM @ FST Bowne's Lab Theatre  1241 Palm Ave.
 
Free panel. No tickets necessary
THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM PANEL

Three of the greatest documentarians alive, all of whom have been making great films for decades and are still performing at the highest level, give some perspective on the way it used to be done, the way it's done now, and where the genre is heading. Also, the inaugural Pennebaker-Hegedus Award for Documentary will be presented to D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus by Barbara Kopple.
PARTICIPANTS: D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Barbara Kopple
Sun, Apr 3 5:00 PM @ FST Bowne's Lab Theatre  1241 Palm Ave.
 
Free panel. No tickets necessary

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