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Actor, Producer, and Director Steve Buscemi Adds a Touch of Class to the 2024 Sarasota Film Festival

| Sande Caplin |

The 2024 Sarasota Film Festival has come to an end and by all accounts year twenty six was one of the best.  I spoke with Festival President, Mark Famiglio along with Managing Director, Paul Ratner and Director of Development, Petra Ratner and they all agreed the festival was an overwhelming success.  The highlight of the event was the presence of actor, producer, and director Steve Buscemi.  Steve was the producer/director of the festival closing night film, The Listener.

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Sande & Steve from The Suncoast Post

I had the opportunity to chat with Steve for a few minutes and he could not have been more accommodating.  We talked about some of his older films; Fargo, Con Air, The Big Labowski and of course, some his new films.  He is such a classy guy.  Throughout his stay at the festival, he went out of his way to sign autographs and talk with his fans.

Speaking of fans, one of his biggest fans was in attendance and he also happens to be the lead photographer for the festival, Dylan Jon Wade Cox.  In my opinion, no one works harder than Dylan at the festival.  He covers just about every event carrying around multiple cameras and does his best to get the best photos possible.  It’s non-stop for him for 10 days.

So, this brings me to some more information about Dylan.  When I was putting this story together, I noticed that he put a post on Facebook that not only covered what I wanted to say, but it had a personal touch to it.  Here is Dylan’s post that is on his Facebook page:

Dylan & Steve from Dylan!

DREAMS DO COME TRUE: Steve Buscemi & Me at the Sarasota Film Festival 2024! 📷🎥🎬💖 He signed my Reservoir Dogs DVD. 🖊️📀

Or shall I say, “Mr. Pink”?! I got my Reservoir Dogs DVD signed and got to take a selfie before the night ended. I was so happy! This was at Sage SRQ last night. 4.12.24

The festival is a lot of hard work but worth it in the end. It’s a great experience to be a part of it in Sarasota. You have to love movies and cinema to be a part of it. Or at least that helps a lot! Luckily, I love movies my whole life.

I knew I had a copy of Reservoir Dogs on my old dusty DVD shelf that my friend always tells me to get rid of. I decided to browse through it for Steve Buscemi movies just in case I got to meet him personally. I couldn’t believe it when I pulled out this special edition Mr. Pink version from 2002! 22 years ago, it was printed. Amazing! I think he was excited when he saw I had this version.

By this point I probably had 500+ photos of him but was waiting patiently until I could ask for a signature. I didn’t want to annoy him, and I was technically working. I carried this DVD and The Big Lebowski in my backpack for the last 48 hours. I was more excited to get this one signed. I asked him to personalize it, so he didn’t think I was trying to sell it.

It’s amazing the journey of this thing called life. As a teenager I would never have believed I would have had this opportunity. It makes you realize anything is possible if you stick with it and put your mind to it. Almost anything at least. Thankful for photography and the people it allows me to meet in this beautiful world.

Thank you for the support and thanks for following along. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Dylan Jon Wade Cox @djwcphoto

“Thank you, Donny!”

(Buscemi has appeared in independent and mainstream films including Pulp Fiction (1994), Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (1995), Escape from L.A. (1996), Con Air (1997), 28 Days (2000), Domestic Disturbance (2001), The Island (2005), Youth in Revolt (2009), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), and The Dead Don’t Die (2019). Buscemi has often starred in Coen brothers films such as Miller’s Crossing (1990), Fargo (1996), and The Big Lebowski (1998). He has also appeared in supporting or cameo roles in many films with Adam Sandler including Airheads (1994), Billy Madison (1995), The Wedding Singer (1998), Mr. Deeds (2002), and Hubie Halloween (2020).

So, the 2024 Sarasota Film Festival comes to an end.  It’s a wrap!


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