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7 MUST SEE MOVIES 4/2!

Today is the first full day of films at the Hollywood 20! Through Women's Eyes fest is in full force this morning! Be sure to check out their bazaar in the back of the theater for all sorts of interesting and handmade wares. We have filmmakers from near and far in town to promote their films and to enjoy the festival. Here are some films not to miss today!
 
HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD (AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN'T CHANGE)
Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) traveled to 12 countries on 6 continents to see how people faced with imminent environmental disaster are reacting. In the Amazon, indigenous tribes are battling the oil companies; the Pacific Climate Warriors organize a flotilla of hand-carved canoes to blockade coal tankers on their way to China; American Tim DeChristopher was sent to prison for trying to save federal lands from drilling. Fox says the world needs to change its culture so it needs less energy and he discovers that the most undeveloped places seem most developed about solutions. The film asks: what is so deep within mankind that no calamity can take it away?

In attendance: Director: Josh Fox
 
Saturday, April 2 8:00pm
Sunday, April 3 4:30pm
BREAKFAST AT INA'S

Ina Pinkney has faced a life of adversity with courage and a smile, and found a way to turn what she loves doing into a thriving business - namely, a Chicago breakfast institution called Ina's. After 33 years in business, Ina's closed in 2013. BREAKFAST AT INA'S follows the restaurant's final month of operation as it celebrates a beloved Chicago eatery and a woman who achieved her dream against the odds.
 
Sat, Apr 2 9:45 AM
Mon, Apr 4 2:00 PM
ROMEO IS BLEEDING

A decades-long turf war between Central and North Richmond gangs have created a looming atmosphere of danger and violence in Richmond, California. From North Richmond, Danté Clark seeks to end the violence through education and poetry. Clark applied his skills and passion to help create RAW Talent, a group of underprivileged youth using spoken word and slam poetry to address the unspoken real experiences and issues that plague their lives. In a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" that parallels his hometown's turf war, Clark hopes to inspire those around him to address and bring a voice to the internal and unspoken violence that encompass the residents' lives.
 
In attendance: Producer: Michael Klein
 
Sat, Apr 2 3:45 PM
Sat, Apr 9 1:45 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
 
Saturday, April 2, 8:45pm
Sunday, April 3, 4:45pm
 
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
 
MEMORIA

At the opening of MEMORIA, troubled teen Ivan Cohen (Sam Dillon) walks out to the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge and looks down. Much of the rest of the movie, which is based on a James Franco short story, is devoted to flashbacks which trace the events that brought him to this place. Franco wrote the character based on a schizophrenic teen he went to high school with; he also plays the sympathetic teacher who tries to guide Ivan to using writing as an outlet for his frustrations. A musing, atmospheric psychological drama, MEMORIA is thoroughly unforgettable.

Sat, Apr 2 12:45 PM
Sun, Apr 3 1:15 PM
 
RAIDERS! THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE!

Think Hollywood hits are tough to make? Try being an 11-year-old filming a shot-for-shot remake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen's documentary follows Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb, who were Mississippi grade-schoolers in the '80s when they began their home-movie adaptation of Steven Spielberg's 1981 adventure classic. For seven summers, the mini-blockbuster occupied their lives. But one scene eluded them; finally, in their 40s, they reunite to finish their opus. Filled with amazing footage (the wrong putty nearly burns a kid's face off; another risks his life to hang onto a moving vehicle), RAIDERS! expresses movie love as a metaphor for life.
 
Sat, Apr 2 3:30 PM
Sun, Apr 3 10:30 AM
 

OPENING DAY AT SFF!

OPENING DAY AT SFF!
There is still time to get your tickets for opening night of the 18th annual Sarasota Film Festival! Join us at the Van Wezel for a night you won't soon forget! 
 
OTHER PEOPLE
 
You can't go home again, we all know, but most of us try at one point or another. Even so, David (Jesse Plemons) is having a more difficult time than most in the dramatic comedy OTHER PEOPLE. David is a gay sitcom comedy writer in New York who journeys back to his childhood home in Sacramento to spend time with his acerbic mother, Joanne (Molly Shannon), who's dying of cancer. The sharp-tongued, no-holds-barred Joanne refuses to go gently, turning David's visit into a kind of tortured limbo. While recovering from his recent breakup with a longtime boyfriend, David attempts to find an impasse with his emotionally remote father (Bradley Whitford) and reconnect with his sisters (Madison Beaty, Mauda Apatow) as he hangs out with an old pal (John Early). But things aren't what they used to be, because he isn't who he once was -- and neither is everyone else.
 
In attendance: Director: Chris Kelly (April 3rd); Producer: Sam Bisbee (Opening Night)
 
Friday, April 1st 6:30 pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sunday, April 3 8:30pm Regal Hollywood 20
 
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ROMEO IS BLEEDING
A decades-long turf war between Central and North Richmond gangs have created a looming atmosphere of danger and violence in Richmond, California. From North Richmond, Danté Clark seeks to end the violence through education and poetry. Clark applied his skills and passion to help create RAW Talent, a group of underprivileged youth using spoken word and slam poetry to address the unspoken real experiences and issues that plague their lives. In a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" that parallels his hometown's turf war, Clark hopes to inspire those around him to address and bring a voice to the internal and unspoken violence that encompass the residents' lives.

In attendance: Producer: Michael Klein
Sat, Apr 2 3:45 PMSat, Apr 9 1:45 PM

TICKLED

New Zealand journalist, David Farrier, specializes in exploring the bizarre stories of fringe internet communities. In TICKLED, Farrier finds online ads seeking contestants for a Tickling Endurance Competition. Upon further investigation, he's met with fierce opposition, including blistering attacks on his own homosexuality. Intrigued and wondering just what is hiding beneath the initial story, Farrier goes further and further down an increasingly strange rabbit hole that leads to places he could never have expected. It's hard to believe, but the Tickling Endurance Competition may be the least bizarre part of the whole film.

Sat, Apr 2 6:15 PM
Sun, Apr 3 2:30 PM
DRIVING WITH SELVI
Like so many girls living in India, Selvi was forced to marry at a very young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive situation. In an Indian society where millions of vulnerable and impoverished girls are considered worthless, Selvi refuses to accept this limiting estimation of herself. She escapes her impoverished past and violent marriage to become South India's first female taxi driver. DRIVING WITH SELVI follows the 10-year journey of this remarkable woman who defies all societal norms and expectations with grace, remarkable strength and tremendous courage, creating an inspirational new life for herself.
 
Sat, Apr 2 11:30 AM
Mon, Apr 4 7:00 PM

DON'T FORGET YOUR SHORTS!

DON'T FORGET YOUR SHORTS AT SFF!
The SFF programming team lovingly selects over 100 short films from the piles and piles that are submitted. Each program is broken into categories to help you better navigate your options. Our shorts program is important because you don't get a chance to see short films in theaters. So take advantage of this opportunity and when you are making your festival selections and please don't forget your shorts!
These adorable buttons will be available in the box office with the purchase of any shorts screening. For additional information, please visit us in the box office or online. 
 
SHORTS 13 & 14: THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES
Short films by women filmmakers that tell compelling stories of women around the world!
Shorts 13 (TWE Part 1)
Sat, Apr 2 1:30 PM
 
BUT I LOVE HIM 
MA/DDY 
ON BEAUTY 
REVERSED 
RIDE

 
Shorts 14 (TWE Part 2)
Sun, Apr 3 11:45 AM
 
BLUEY
PHENOMENAL WOMAN, A SHORT FILM
PUDDLE GIRL (LA NIÑA DE LOS CHARCOS) 
THE ROOM (LA STANZA) 
SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD 
THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
 
SHORTS 1: NARRATIVE COMPETITION

These films are part of our Narrative Shorts Competition. 
BOYS (POJKARNA)
E.T.E.R.N.I.T 
KILLER 
VICTOR XX 
WINTER LIGHT 
 
Sat, Apr 2 3:00 PM
Fri, Apr 8 2:30 PM
 
SHORTS 2: DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
 
These films are part of our Documentary Shorts Competition.
KINGDOM OF GARBAGE

THE MANY SAD FATES OF MR. TOLEDANO 

MY ALEPPO 

OPEN AIR 

PINK BOY

Sun, Apr 3 1:00 PM
Fri, Apr 8 7:45 PM
SHORTS 3: ANIMATED COMPETITION SHORTS
 
These films are part of our Animated Short Competition. 
ABOUT A MOTHER (PRO MAMU)
BORROWED TIME
GLOVE 
HANSEL + GRETEL
IN DEEP WATERS 
THE ITCHING 
NOIR
OLILO 
ON THE SAME PAGE 
THE SLEEPWALKER 
TRAVEL BY FEET 
 
Thu, Apr 7 6:30 PM
Fri, Apr 8 2:45 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


DOCS AT SFF!

DOCUMENTARY FILMS AT SFF!
Here is a look at some of the documentaries to see at this years fest!
 
DE PALMA

SFF alum Noah Baumbach (FRANCES HA) and Jake Paltrow (YOUNG ONES) team up to showcase the career of the great Brian De Palma, not with a star-studded tribute, but with an in-depth conversation with the man himself. Although De Palma's biggest hits after CARRIE were arguably crime stories like SCARFACE, CARLITO'S WAY and THE UNTOUCHABLES, the bulk of his career was devoted to Hitchockian psychosexual thriller classics like DRESSED TO KILL, BLOW OUT, and BODY DOUBLE. Paltrow says, "The more you talk to Brian, the more valuable this stuff is, and at a certain point, we just thought, 'It must be recorded!'"
Sat, Apr 9 6:45 PM
Sun, Apr 10 5:00 PM
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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

BORDERLINE
 
Regina is living with Borderline Personality Disorder. The first time she tried to kill herself, she was five years old. Now she is 45 and hell-bent on trying to live - most of the time. She reacts on impulse, attacks, distracts, meditates, offers social commentary, trips over herself, laughs, judges, burns bridges, makes social gaffes, apologizes, loses her cool, philosophizes and remains dogged in her search for recovery. First time director Rebbie Ratner's documentary is a raw, vulnerable and honest portrayal of what it's like living with BPD. BORDERLINE is executive produced by SFF veterans Suzanne Mitchell (RUNNING WILD, SELECTED) and Barbara Kopple (RUNNING FROM CRAZY, THE NATION, and this year's MISS SHARON JONES!)
 
In attendance: Director: Rebbie Ratner
 
Sat, Apr 9 1:00 PM
Sun, Apr 10 1:15 PM
CAMERAPERSON
As a cinematographer, Kristen Johnson has garnered acclaim for her work on documentaries such as PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, THE INVISIBLE WAR, THE OATH, and CITIZENFOUR amongst many others. This time around she takes the director's chair. The ensuing documentary is a contemplative memoir patched together from disparate excerpts from her previous works, and its intimacy takes you by surprise. Johnson's camera takes us from Tahrir Square to a Serbian kill site during the war, and from the World Trade Center to a new-born baby struggling to survive in an ill-equipped Nigerian hospital. One of the biggest revelations at Sundance, CAMERAPERSON is a kaleidoscopic gem that illuminates and reframes the art of the craft, as well as the art of life.
 
Fri, Apr 8 5:00 PM
Sun, Apr 10 8:00 PM
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
 

FOREIGN FILMS AT SFF!

FOREIGN FILMS AT SFF!
Each year SFF receives submissions from filmmakers all around the world. Each of these films gives us a look into a part of the world that few of us have been able to experience. Here are a few of our picks for foreign films at SFF!

 

CROSSING BHUTAN
Bhutan is a country like no other. Its uniqueness stems from the focus placed on the so-called "Gross National Happiness," used as a measure of the country's progress. The GNH creates a sense of community and well-being that is otherwise ignored in the modern world. Additionally, severe restrictions on tourism help to emphasize a peaceful and communal state of society, nearly untouched by modernization. Four athletes, with unprecedented access, embark on a 500-mile expedition by foot and bike across Bhutan, that is to be completed in 42 days. Narrated by Imogen Heap, CROSSING BHUTAN is a transformative experience that bring the trekkers together to experience the serene beauty that will open their hearts and create a rare, humble, human connection between themselves and nature.
Director Ben Henretig will be in attendance.
 
Tue, Apr 5 1:30 PM
Wed, Apr 6 4:15 PM (This screening is STAND BY ONLY)
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR

Thai director Apichatpong Weeasethakul's latest film takes place in a military hospital in a small town in Thailand. The soldiers there seem to have been stricken by a mysterious sleeping sickness. Jen, a new volunteer, is told by the staff that the machines the soldiers are hooked up to are part of their treatment, but she has visions in which mysterious visitors tell her they have a more sinister purpose. CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR is a poetic amalgamation of images, ideas and moods. This emotional and philosophical terrain is where Weeasethakul feels most comfortable, and he's still finding fresh ways to explore it. 
Fri, Apr 8 8:30 PM 
Sun, Apr 10 10:45 AM
 

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CHEVALIER
The set up is irresistible - six men on a luxury yacht are stranded in the middle of the Aegean Sea. In order to stave off boredom while their boat is being repaired, they decide to test their friendship with a series of contests designed to determine which of them is "The Best in General." In this witty exploration of machismo and competitiveness taken to absurd levels the 6 friends will measure and rate each other, they will become enemies, spies, saboteurs and unlikely allies. CHEVALIER, won Best Film at the London Film Festival and further establishes director Athina Rachel Tsangari as one of the most exciting talents of the Greek New Wave. In Greek with English Subtitles. (One man will emerge victorious, and he will have the honor of wearing the Chevalier ring.)

Thu, Apr 7 4:15 PM (This screening is STAND BY only)
Sun, Apr 10 9:15 PM

NARI
Composer and performer Gingger Shankar is an accomplished artist in her own right, as the second lead composer for The Passion of the Christ and the lead composer for Circumstance and many other films, and having toured with the likes of the Smashing Pumpkins and Cheap Trick. She also comes from an impressive pedigree as a member of the family of Ravi Shankar, possibly the best known musician in India's long history; her grandmother Lakshmi and mother Viji also groundbreaking musicians in their own right, although in the West they never quite emerged from Ravi's long shadow. NARI, which is a multimedia installation combining documentary film and live performance, seeks to tell their story. It previewed as part of the program at Toronto in 2015, and premiered in the New Frontiers section of Sundance 2016.
Director Gingger Shankar will be in attendance for Q&A and special musical performance featuring Ram Sundar and Carlo Ribaux.
Sat, Apr 9 8:15 PM
Sun, Apr 10 7:15 PM
IXCANUL
 
Filmed with the cooperation of a tiny Guatemalan coffee bean harvesting village in the shadow of an active volcano, IXCANUL stars many of the village's residents. Young Maria is in love with the dreamer Pepe, but she has been promised to the foreman of the plantation. When she discovers she's pregnant with Pepe's baby, Maria is faced with a life-altering choice. Will she fulfill her family's wishes and the expectations of the town, or will she take her shot at love? The film is Guatemala's first-ever Academy Awards® entry, and is the directorial debut for Jayro Bustamente. With its expansive and spellbinding cinematography, IXCANUL is an experience that will surely linger long in your imagination.
 
Saturday, April 9th 12:15 PM

 

 

FOREIGN FILMS AT SFF!
Each year SFF receives submissions from filmmakers all around the world. Each of these films gives us a look into a part of the world that few of us have been able to experience. Here are a few of our picks for foreign films at SFF!
CROSSING BHUTAN
Bhutan is a country like no other. Its uniqueness stems from the focus placed on the so-called "Gross National Happiness," used as a measure of the country's progress. The GNH creates a sense of community and well-being that is otherwise ignored in the modern world. Additionally, severe restrictions on tourism help to emphasize a peaceful and communal state of society, nearly untouched by modernization. Four athletes, with unprecedented access, embark on a 500-mile expedition by foot and bike across Bhutan, that is to be completed in 42 days. Narrated by Imogen Heap, CROSSING BHUTAN is a transformative experience that bring the trekkers together to experience the serene beauty that will open their hearts and create a rare, humble, human connection between themselves and nature.
Director Ben Henretig will be in attendance.
 
Tue, Apr 5 1:30 PM
Wed, Apr 6 4:15 PM (This screening is STAND BY ONLY)
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR

Thai director Apichatpong Weeasethakul's latest film takes place in a military hospital in a small town in Thailand. The soldiers there seem to have been stricken by a mysterious sleeping sickness. Jen, a new volunteer, is told by the staff that the machines the soldiers are hooked up to are part of their treatment, but she has visions in which mysterious visitors tell her they have a more sinister purpose. CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR is a poetic amalgamation of images, ideas and moods. This emotional and philosophical terrain is where Weeasethakul feels most comfortable, and he's still finding fresh ways to explore it. 
Fri, Apr 8 8:30 PM 
Sun, Apr 10 10:45 AM
 

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CHEVALIER
The set up is irresistible - six men on a luxury yacht are stranded in the middle of the Aegean Sea. In order to stave off boredom while their boat is being repaired, they decide to test their friendship with a series of contests designed to determine which of them is "The Best in General." In this witty exploration of machismo and competitiveness taken to absurd levels the 6 friends will measure and rate each other, they will become enemies, spies, saboteurs and unlikely allies. CHEVALIER, won Best Film at the London Film Festival and further establishes director Athina Rachel Tsangari as one of the most exciting talents of the Greek New Wave. In Greek with English Subtitles. (One man will emerge victorious, and he will have the honor of wearing the Chevalier ring.)

Thu, Apr 7 4:15 PM (This screening is STAND BY only)
Sun, Apr 10 9:15 PM

NARI
Composer and performer Gingger Shankar is an accomplished artist in her own right, as the second lead composer for The Passion of the Christ and the lead composer for Circumstance and many other films, and having toured with the likes of the Smashing Pumpkins and Cheap Trick. She also comes from an impressive pedigree as a member of the family of Ravi Shankar, possibly the best known musician in India's long history; her grandmother Lakshmi and mother Viji also groundbreaking musicians in their own right, although in the West they never quite emerged from Ravi's long shadow. NARI, which is a multimedia installation combining documentary film and live performance, seeks to tell their story. It previewed as part of the program at Toronto in 2015, and premiered in the New Frontiers section of Sundance 2016.
Director Gingger Shankar will be in attendance for Q&A and special musical performance featuring Ram Sundar and Carlo Ribaux.
Sat, Apr 9 8:15 PM
Sun, Apr 10 7:15 PM

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