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"Shadow of the Moon" and "Ohio" Bookend 9th Sarasota Film Festival

David Sington's "In the Shadow of the Moon," a look at the Apollo space program and the push by the U.S. to send a man to the moon, will open the 9th Sarasota Film Festival on Friday, April 13, while Chad Lowe's directorial debut "Beautiful Ohio" will close the event April 22. Edward Norton will receive Sarasota's Humanitarian Award during its first Saturday gala, while writer/producer Brian Koppelman will receive the Excellence in Screenwriting Award. Both will participate in the fest's "In Conversation With..." series in addition to Marcia Gay Harden and Joe Pantoliano who will discuss their festival film, "Canvas." Norman Jewison will also participate in a conversation, moderated by Turner Classic Movies' Robert Osborne. Sarasota's signature evening "Night of a Thousand Stars" mingles stars and filmmakers, including Zoe Cassavetes and Michelle Trachtenberg who will be among this year's guests. Trachtenberg will receive this year's Breakthrough Actor Award. This year's narrative competition includes: Peter Schonau Fog's "The Art of Crying" (Denmark); Sarah Polley's "Away from Her" (Canada); Alante Alfandari's "Fissures" (France); Vanessa Jopp's "Happy As One" (Germany); Ray Lawrence's "Jindabyne" (Australia); Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk's "The Journals Knud Rasmussen" (Canada/Denmark); and the late Adrienne Shelly's "Waitress" (USA). For more information including a full Sarasota Film Festival line up, visit the event's website. [Brian Brooks]

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