On Saturday night, the 20th annual Sarasota Film Festival had its closing film and awards along with the Chillounge closing night party. First was the red carpet which hosted Sarasota Film Festival President Mark Famiglio along with actresses Virginia Madsen and Penelope Ann Miller. Actor Steve Guttenberg was in attendance as well as other film festival dignitaries.
The closing film of the evening was “Above and Beyond; NASA’S journey into Tomorrow” by Rory Kennedy, who looks just like her famous Kennedy father, Robert Kennedy! Inside the Sarasota Opera House things started off with the award ceremonies with both Miss Madsen and Mr. Guttenberg receiving career achievement awards. A humorous moment of the ceremony was when Steve Guttenberg realized he had Virginia Madsen’s award and she came out from backstage and they traded awards! Quite a laugh for everyone! There was a cake for Mark Famiglio for the SFF 20th!
Outside the Chillounge “Chill Under the Stars” party was getting started. One of the attractions of the Chillounge was the “Living Champagne Chandelier” complete with a live acrobat! The chandelier was created by John Nock, brother of our hometown celebrity circus daredevil Bello Nock! People were having a blast getting their champagne poured from the living chandelier. Bello was in attendance and was making the rounds taking photos with excited fans.
There was Italian fare being served from Carrabba’s Restaurant and delicious homemade chocolates made by Noela Chocolate and Confections! The Five O Donut Company had delectable Oreo Donuts among others sugary confections and amazing cookies to munch on.
Chillounge was having a celebration of their own with 10 years in Sarasota! The fashion daybed parade in grand Cleopatra style was led by Rainer Scheer, with the help of Crunch fitness and was a hit with the crowd. There was live music and a Samba parade. People were chillin’ on couches and chairs all around Five Points. A cool way to send off the 20th Annual Sarasota Film Festival!
Photos courtesy of Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography