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Sarasota Film Festival Photos galore!

Sarasota Film Festival Photos galore!

Along with my On The Scene indieWIRE report of the 2008 Sarasota Film Festival, I’ve including a bunch of extra snapshots of the fun time I had at the fest:

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Wednesday night kicked off with a outdoor party on Main Street which featured jumpers from Helen Hood Scheer‘s documentary, “Jump!”

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A lot of cool filmmakers were in attendance, including Mark Brecke and Jason Mitchell, whose Darfur doc “They Turned Our Desert Into Fire” screened at the fest.

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Mark Brecke, a well known photographer of genocide around the globe, was nice enough to give me a copy of this gorgeous book, “Darfur Darfur Life/War” that features his work as well as others in documenting this tragedy.

You can buy a copy of “Darfur Darfur” here.

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A fun trolley shuttled folks over to the Siesta Keys for a beach party. Here, we have Jury members David Nugent (middle) and AJ Schnack (right) along with Austin McKinley (left), whose short “The Last Word” screened at the fest.

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On the beach after we exchanged our shoes for flipflops we were greeted with this bevy of shrimp, a literal boatload full!

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Melissa also tried out her hula hooping skillz on the pretty, powdery sand.

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Afterwards, a gorgeous Sarasota sunset closed out the evening.

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The next day while walking around town we discovered this fellow crossing the road. There’s a joke in here somewhere. Can anyone identify this particular type of bird?

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With birds in mind, Director Alex Karpovsky and Jon Hyrns represented their film, “Woodpecker” at the festival after premiering at SXSW.

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Along with shrimp, another of Sarasota’s decadent parties featured a table full of candy, which brought out the kid in all of us.

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At the closing night party, Sarasota honoree Charlize Theron walked the red carpet and greeted numerous fans and photographers.

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As the festival wrapped, Joshua Safdie gave an amusing, discombobulated speech after accepting two awards for his film, “The Pleasure of Being Robbed.” Congrats!

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