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MEET THE STARS AT SFF!

 

The Sarasota Film Festival is proud to present your chance to get up close and personal with the stars! Tickets available at Regal Hollywood 20 on Main Street, or online at www.sarasotafilmfestival.com. See you at the movies!
SOPHIA LOREN
 
Festival Kick Off: An Evening with Sophia Loren
Thursday, March 31, 8:00pm @ Van Wezel
 
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ROSIE PEREZ
In Conversation
Sunday, April 3, 6:30pm @ FST
 
 
Five Nights in Maine
Monday, April 4, 8:45pm
 
JOSH RADNOR
 
THE SEEKER 
Friday, April 8, 4:00pm
 
LIBERAL ARTS
Friday, April 8, 6:30pm
 
CINEMA TROPICALE 
Friday, April 8, 9:00pm @ Michael's on East

THE SEEKER
Saturday, April 9 10:00am
 
ACTING FOR TELEVISION PANEL (free!)
Saturday, April 9, 2:00pm @FST (seats are limited. first come first serve!)
JESS WEIXLER
MONEY
Friday, April 8, 1:30pm 
 
CINEMA TROPICALE 
Friday, April 8, 
9:00pm @ Michael's on East
 

MONEY
Saturday, April 9, 1:30pm 
GEORGE HAMILTON and TREAT WILLIAMS
CINEMA TROPICALE 
Friday, April 8, 
9:00pm @ Michael's on East

IN CONVERSATION
Saturday, April 9th 12:00 PM @ FST
 
THE CONGRESSMAN
Saturday, April 9th 12:00 PM @ Sarasota Opera House
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS
FILMMAKER BRUNCH AND IN CONVERSATION
Friday, April 8, 11:30am @ Sarasota Yacht Club
MEET THE STARS AT SFF!
The Sarasota Film Festival is proud to present your chance to get up close and personal with the stars! Tickets available at Regal Hollywood 20 on Main Street, or online at www.sarasotafilmfestival.com. See you at the movies!
SOPHIA LOREN
 
Festival Kick Off: An Evening with Sophia Loren
 
Thursday, March 31, 8:00pm @ Van Wezel
 
ROSIE PEREZ
In Conversation
Sunday, April 3, 6:30pm @ FST
 
 
Five Nights in Maine
Monday, April 4, 8:45pm
 
JOSH RADNOR
 
THE SEEKER 
Friday, April 8, 4:00pm
 
LIBERAL ARTS
Friday, April 8, 6:30pm9:00pm @ Michael's on East
ACTING FOR TELEVISION PANEL (free!)
Saturday, April 9, 2:00pm @FST (seats are limited. first come first serve!)
MATTTHEW MODINE
 
FULL METAL JACKET
Thursday, April 7, 8:00pm
 
THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD
Thursday, April 7, 7:15pm
 
CINEMA TROPICALE 
Friday, April 8, 9:00pm @ Michael's on East
 
IN CONVERSATION 
Saturday, April 9, 10:00am @ FST
 
THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD
Saturday, April 9, 3:45pm
 
Jess Weixler
 
CINEMA TROPICALE 
Friday, April 8, 
9:00pm @ Michael's on East

MONEY
Saturday, April 9, 1:30pm 
9:00pm @ Michael's on East
THE CONGRESSMAN
Saturday, April 9th 12:00 PM @ Sarasota Opera House
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS
FILMMAKER BRUNCH AND IN CONVERSATION

Friday, April 8, 11:30am @ Sarasota Yacht Club


SFF LGBTQ PICKS!

This year the Sarasota Film Festival was able to expand its LGBT programming, thanks to a generous grant from Our Sarasota Fun. The SFF Programming Team selected the very best LGBT films this year and created a panel discussion about LGBT filmmaking.

 

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FIRST GIRL I LOVED

Michael Dunaway, SFF Director of Programming, has proclaimed FIRST GIRL I LOVED as one of his favorite films this year.  This coming out story involving a high school girl is so authentic, so universal, that somehow you’ll feel it’s your story too. It taps into the feeling we all have at some point in middle or high school of not fitting in, of confused identity-building, of feeling different and not even knowing how to articulate it. One of the most powerful elements is that there really are no bad guys in this film, just well-meaning people getting in their own way. This won the Audience Award, NEXT section, at the Sundance Film Festival.

Friday, April 8, 4:45pm

Sunday, April 10, 6:45pm

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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

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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

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SFF LOCAL PICKS!

 

Our local program draws a large crowd each year, so we recommend getting tickets while you can! Here are our picks for films that were shot in Florida, by Florida filmmakers, and about Florida.

As with all of our programs, these films are not rated and may contain material of a sensitive nature. For films for the family please take a look at our youthFEST program!


 

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KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE
Sarasota newswoman Christine Chubbuck turned to the camera, and with utmost professional decorum, uttered her last words: "In keeping up with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first - attempted suicide." What happened next continues to fascinate and bewilder students of the human condition 40 years after Christine's suicide aired on live television. Robert Greene's KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE is the story of actress Kate Lyn Sheil, as she prepares to play Chubbuck in reenactments and attempts to put herself in the headspace of perhaps the darkest machination in show biz history. Winner of the 2016 Sundance Documentary Screenwriting Award, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE goes far beyond the realm of character study - this is the very conflux of life and art, and Greene shows that he is a master at balancing on the precipice.

In attendance: Director: Robert Greene, Producer: Bennett Elliott

Sat, Apr 2 7:30 PM
Sun, Apr 3 8:15 PM

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RIPBIGES
SHORTS 10: SRQ SHORTS
A showcase of films by Sarasota filmmakers!

Filmmakers will be in attendance.
Sun, Apr 3 3:45 PM
Tue, Apr 5 4:45 PM

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COLBY

COLBY

Colby (Stephanie Brait) is a troubled young drifter who has been surviving by stealing or manipulating and using people. She persuades her recent conquest to take her to "a nice beach" where they break into an unoccupied luxury house and spend the night. The next day, when she finds herself alone again and stranded in an unfamiliar place with no means of getting back to the city, she has to use her street smarts to find a way out. A promising first feature from co-directors Jake Fuller and Alex Markman and producer Alex Bach, a native to Sarasota.

In attendance: Directors: Jake Fuller & Alex Markman and crew

Sat, Apr 2 12:45 PM

Sun, Apr 3 11:00 AM

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7 MUST SEE MOVIES FOR MARCH 23RD!

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
 
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
MEN & CHICKEN
It's difficult to write about Anders Thomas Jensen's wonderfully absurd comedy MEN & CHICKEN without spoiling it. It really is the kind of film that the less one knows of it before viewing, the better. But this much we can say - it's unlike any film you'll see in this or any other year. At the start of the film, Gabriel's father passes away, and he calls his brother Elias to tell him the news. Together they watch a video their father left for them, revealing that they are the sons of two different mothers. When they travel to the tiny island of Ork to investigate, things get...well, much weirder. The film has been described as Franz Kafka meets THE THREE STOOGES, and that's probably as good a description as any.

Fri, Apr 8 9:15 PM
Sat, Apr 9 9:00 PM
 

 

 

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