If you are a film buff in Florida for next month’s Sarasota Film Festival, here’s a special event you definitely can’t miss. The 1981 classic “Mommie Dearest,” based on Christine Crawford’s memoirs of the same name, will be getting a special screening at the festival. The cult hit follows the story of beloved and embattled Hollywood superstar Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) through the eyes of her daughter.
Following the screening will be a talk with actress Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann in the film. Alda recently published “The Mommie Dearest Diaries,” which detail the behind-the-scenes drama on set during the filming. The screening and chat will take place on April 6 at 6pm at the Hollywood 20 theater.
Held in Sarasota, Florida each year, the Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 250 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts and kid-friendly picks. Now entering their 18th year, the festival continues to present new and veteran independent filmmakers to our festival attendees, while also touting local- and kid-friendly programs that showcase the idyllic Gulf Coast community that serves as its setting.
This year’s film festival will take place April 1-10.