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Sarasota Film Festival Announces Full 2012 Program

By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire March 19, 2012 at 5:19PM

The Sarasota Film Festival has announced its  2012 program selections, with more than 230 films from 30 countries.
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Dark Horse
Selma Blair in "Dark Horse."

The Sarasota Film Festival has announced its  2012 program selections, with more than 230 films from 30 countries.

"Robot & Frank" will open the festival, while Todd Solondz's "Dark Horse" will serve as the Festival Centerpiece. Joe Berlinger's "Under African Skies" will close out the festival.

Solondz, Frank Langella, Dominic Monaghan, Rory Kennedy and Ashley Bell are all scheduled to attend.

“Our mission at the Sarasota Film Festival is to serve filmmakers while using film as a platform to highlight and develop partnerships within our community,” says Sarasota Film Festival Board President Mark Famiglio. “By showcasing Sarasota to over 100 attending filmmakers from around the world and by introducing those artists to our audiences, we continue to make a critical contribution to the cultural, cinematic and social fabric of our community.”

The festival runs from April 13-22.

Full press release below:

14th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
April 13th thru April 22nd, 2012
ANNOUNCES

THE 2012 FESTIVAL PROGRAM
 
Frank Langella, Todd Solondz, Dominic Monaghan, Rory Kennedy and Ashley Bell to attend
 
MARCH 19, 2012-- The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) officially announced their complete 2012 Festival program today, featuring over 230 films from 30 nations. The SFF, one of the largest regional film festivals in the United States, kicks off on April 13th with the previously announced ROBOT & FRANK on Opening Night, with Todd Solondz’s DARK HORSE serving as the Festival Centerpiece and Joe Berlinger’s UNDER AFRICAN SKIES serving as the festival’s closer. Fourteen of the festival’s films are either World or US Premieres, including new work from Paula M. Froehle, Dan Sallitt, Olivia Silver, Kris Swanberg, Onur Tukel, Femke and Ilsa van Velzen, Randall Wood and more.
 
Frank Langella and Jake Schreier will attend with ROBOT & FRANK, Todd Solondz will be on hand to present DARK HORSE, Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy will attend to present her new film ETHEL (an examination of the life of her mother, Ethel Kennedy) and stars Dominic Monaghan (LOST, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) and Ashley Bell (THE LAST EXORCISM) will be on hand to present WWE Studio’s new horror thriller THE DAY.
 
New events this year include The SFF’s Cinema Tropicale party moving to Friday, April 20th at the Sarasota Yacht Club and the Filmmaker Tribute Awards and Closing Night Film will be presented as one event on Saturday, April 21 at The Sarasota Opera House.
 
The Conversation Series returns, with Mr. Langella and Mr. Solondz confirmed to participate in the SFF’s annual discussion program. Mr. Langella will also sign copies of his upcoming memoir DROPPED NAMES: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them at Sarasota’s Bookstore 1 on Saturday, April 14th at 11:00 AM. More Conversation Series events will be added in the coming days.
 
The SFF continues to grow as a platform for international and local partnerships and programs, and 2012 sees the SFF feature partnerships with NYU Tisch School Of the Arts, Women Make Movies, The State College of Florida, The Gulf Cost Chapter of UN Women, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota Manatee, The Florida State University College Of Medicine, The Roskamp Institute, Sunshine From Darkness, Manatee Children's Services, The Sarasota Ballet, The Sarasota Public School System, The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and more. In addition, The SFF will feature over 13 free programs for students and families as part of its annual youthFEST program, one of the nation’s leading film festival programs for young people.
 
“Our mission at the Sarasota Film Festival is to serve filmmakers while using film as a platform to highlight and develop partnerships within our community,” says Sarasota Film Festival Board President Mark Famiglio. “By showcasing Sarasota to over 100 attending filmmakers from around the world and by introducing those artists to our audiences, we continue to make a critical contribution to the cultural, cinematic and social fabric of our community.”
 
“Our audience continues to allow us to take risks with new, exciting films,” says Tom Hall, Director of The Sarasota Film Festival. “This year’s festival program is our largest ever, reflecting the growth of our festival and our belief that cinema can provide an important framework for audiences and artists to examine the variety of human experience.”
 
The Narrative Feature Competition
11 FLOWERS, Director: Wang Xiaoshuai

ALPS, Director: Giorgos Lanthimos
ARCADIA, Director: Olivia Silver – US Premiere
COMPLIANCE, Director: Craig Zobel

ELENA, Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev

FRANCINE, Director: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatsky
GOODBYE FIRST LOVE, Director: Mia Hanse-Løve

THE LONELIEST PLANET, Director: Julia Loktev


The Narrative Feature Jury
John Anderson, Chairman, New York Film Critics Circle
Steven Gaydos, Executive Editor VARIETY
Karina Longworth – Film Critic, LA Weekly


The Documentary Feature Competition
THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA, Director: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!, Director: Fredrik Gertten

CHASING ICE, Director: Jeff Orlowski

DETROPIA, Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

FIRST POSITION, Director: Bess Kargman

JUSTICE FOR SALE, Directors: Femke van Velzen, Ilsa van Velzen
THE PATRON SAINTS, Director: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatsky

RADIO UNNAMEABLE, Director: Paul Lovelace, Jessica Wolfson 

 
Documentary Feature Jury
Joe Neumaier- The NY Daily News
Thelma Adams, Yahoo!
Clemence Taillandier, Zeitgeist Films
 
The Independent Visions Competition
EMPIRE BUILDER, Director: Kris Swanberg -World Premiere
LEAVE ME LIKE YOU FOUND ME, Director Adele Romanski
GAYBY, Director Jonathan Lisecki
IN OUR NATURE, Director Brian Savelson
RICHARD’S WEDDING, Director Onur Turkel -World Premiere
SEE GIRL RUN, Director Nate Meyer
SUN DON’T SHINE, Director Amy Seimetz
THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT, Director Dan Sallitt -World Premiere
WELCOME TO PINE HILL, Director Keith Miller
 
Independent Visions Jury
Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine
Jordan Hoffman, Film Writer
Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
 

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