The Sarasota Film Festival, a regional festival gem, known for emphasizing the best in cinema, has become a destination for audiences to enjoy the independent visions of filmmakers from around the globe, as well as engaging conversations with actors, filmmakers and industry professionals. The festival programs a variety of films ranging from narrative, documentary, and short independent films.
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.
Why mess with perfection? That seems to be the motto of The Sarasota Film Festival which is set to kick off its 20th anniversary, opening two decades later as “one of the top 25 coolest film festivals in the world” according to 2016 MovieMaker Magazine. Preparing a celebration fit for the kings and queens of Hollywood who will be on hand to pay homage to a festival that has stayed true to its Independent film roots is a huge undertaking.
The Sarasota Film Festival unveiled their special edition 20th Anniversary poster for the upcoming 2018 festival. Local designer, Kelsey Hunt-Dolan, created the inspiring artwork which reflects the 20 year history of the festival brining together the art world and local Sarasota community, both of which have played influential roles in the festival.
Some know her as the youngest child of Senator Robert Francis ‘“Bobby” Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy; born six months after her father’s assignation. Other’s remember that it was while on their way to her wedding that her cousin John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife, and his sister-in-law were killed in a plane crash. However, I know her as a director/producer, activist and advocate, philanthropist, and role-model for not just women, but for storytellers.