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Sarasota: Adventures in Beach Cinema

Sarasota: Adventures in Beach Cinema

The 2009 Sarasota Film Festival has come to an end, and it was a rousing success by all accounts. There were changes, in line with the shaken economy, but overall it was business as usual. Brooklyn-based programmers Tom Hall and Holly Herrick have carved a very wonderful and tasteful niche at this Florida event, and made it one of the essential regional stops on the circuit. Some photos from the closing weekend:

(Filmmaker Tze Chun brought his acclaimed debut feature, Children Of Invention, to Sarasota. Tze’s film wound up winning a special jury prize.)

(Basking in the sun on Thursday, Mark Rabinowitz, left, and Aaron Hillis. Both sporting their fine hats, Rabinowitz is sending dispatches from Southeastern film festivals all month as he travels on a road trip through the area. Hillis was in Sarasota, covering the festival for GreenCine Daily.)

(Following their emotional premiere screening, the women of 21 Below: producer Jenny Maguire, director Samantha Buck, subject Sophia Raab.)

(On Thursday night, all festival guests embarked on a cruise around the Bay. Among those enjoying the sea at night are Participant Media’s Bryan Stamp with Pressure Cooker co-director Jennifer Grausman.)

(More photos tomorrow)

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