Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office

Production Calls

  • 04/15/14





    11th Annual Ringling College Digital Film  Seminar

    June 16-27
    For more information:



  • 04/11/14
  • NBC Comedy Needs Your Ideas!


    NBC Comedy- Your Next Big Idea could be the NEXT BIG COMEDY- For more information go to











  • 04/08/14
  • SRQ Panel

    SRQ hosting film financing panel

    Show me the money! It’s more than a classic movie line for many of the filmmakers in town for the Sarasota Film Festival. Now investors and artists alike are invited to a special panel hosted by SRQ Media Group in our Pineapple Avenue offices on Wednesday, April 9. How do filmmakers connect with investors? How do producers know where to devote their time, talent and treasure? We seek to answer those questions and more.

    Doors open at 10:30am and the panel will start at 11am. Brunch is provided at this free event. Our offices are locates at 331 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, just south of Ringling Boulevard.

    Jeanne Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office, will moderate this panel of producers, directors, agents and experts on the challenging world of show business. Panelists include:

    Mark Famiglio, co-founder and president of the Sarasota Film Festival and co­founder and CEO of Copytalk, a revolutionary voice to text data integration service based in Sarasota.

    Shawn Telford, director of BFE, a feature-length independent film hosting its world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival financed partially using the crowd-sourcing capabilities of Kickstarter.

    Martin Hurwitz, founder of Conceptioneering and a former Hollywood agent who ran his own firm and previously represented talent through the William Morris Agency.

    Victor Young, producer at Media and Management Global and CEO of V. Young Enterprises. He is currently attaches to Stratosphere, a movie currently in production.

    Rob Sterrett, associate producer of Chu and Blossom, a feature film screening this year at the Sarasota Film Festival. He has been a freelance producer for 22 years.

    John Stuart Wildman, director of The Ladies of the House, which screened at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival. Wildman is senior publicist for the Film Society at Lincoln Center.


  • 03/20/14
  • CHECK OUT THE 2014 Sarasota Film Festival!!!

    Sarasota Film Festival 2014

  • 03/10/14
  • Hermitage Artist Retreat Hosts Filmmaker Bill Morrison at the Historic Asolo

    Event Details


    Thursday, March 13, 2014


    7:00pm-8:30pm (Note: 90-minute program)


    The Historic Asolo Theater at the
    John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
    5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota, FL


    $5 (Free with student ID, Ringling membership, and same day museum ticket holders.)  


    Call the Historic Asolo Theater at 941.360.7399 or ONLINE


    Image from "The Great Flood," a new film by Bill Morrison

    On Thursday, March 13th, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with The Ringling, present renowned, award-winning filmmaker Bill Morrison at the Historic Asolo Theater, as part of the museum’s Art of Our Time series. Morrison, a Hermitage fellow and holder of the Ina Schnell Residency in Film, will show his 78-minute film, The Great Flood followed by an opportunity to ask questions about his work. The program begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at 8:30pm. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A 90-MINUTE PROGRAM

    The program is free to museum members, students with ID and same-day museum ticket holders. Others pay $5.00 to defray box office and technical staff costs.. The Historic Asolo Theater is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. To reserve a place, contact the box office at 941-360-7399.

    The Great Flood is a collaboration between Morrison and Grammy Award winning composer and guitarist Bill Frisell. The film is about the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in American history. When the river broke out of its earthen embankments in 145 places, it inundated 27,000 square miles and forced the exodus of a multitude of displaced sharecroppers, who then left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities, where they had to adapt to an industrial society with its own set of challenges. Just released theatrically in January by Icarus Films, The Great Flood is already receiving critical acclaim and is in great demand. In its January review of the film, The New York Times described The Great Flood as a “wordless movie, a documentary that is more like visual poetry.” View the trailer for the film by clicking HERE

    Over the past 20 years, Bill Morrison has built a film collection of more than 30 projects that have been presented in theaters, museums, galleries and concert halls around the world. Variety magazine has called him “one of the most adventurous American filmmakers.” His work is known for its use of rare archival footage in which forgotten film imagery is reframed as part of a new work. Morrison's films are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, The Nederlands Filmmuseum, and The Library of Congress. He is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, a Creative Capital grant, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His work has also been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award.

    Before he speaks about it, Bill wants the audience to see the film in its entirety. His work is unique and very much in demand, both in this country and around the world. Anyone seeing it for the first time has not ever seen anything like it. Those that are familiar with Bill Morrison’s work will not want to miss the program because of his creative brilliance. We are honored that Bill has chosen to let us show The Great Flood as part of our Art of Our Time partnership with The Ringling.

    What the critics say...

    New York Times "Critics Pick": HERE

    LA Times: HERE
    "A Terrific Achievement..." HERE
    “Wordless cinematic jazz and as early contender for the year’s best film”

    LA Weekly: HERE
    "This is cinema as art, and a classic."

    We know you will consider yourselves lucky if you can join us. We hope to see you on the 13th.

  • 02/19/14

    ***Do you or someone you know have a classic car that sits in the garage collecting dust?  Have you always said, "I will fix that car up" and have yet to get around to doing so?  We are looking for owners of classic cars (1970 or earlier) in the Sarasota/ Bradenton/ Tampa area that are in need of restoration.  If this sounds like you, or someone you may know, please submit feel free to send the following back to me:

    -Contact Info:
    -Type of Vehicle (picture included):
    -How long have you owned the vehicle?:
    -What does this car mean to you?:
    -Please submit photo of yourself in addition to photo of the vehicle.***

    Derek Helwig
    Development Producer
    Twelve02 Entertainment
    310.839.9900 main
    310.943.8178 fax

  • 02/19/14
  • Word and Writers Seminar Series

    Words & Writers Seminar Series
    Blogging for Authors
    A FREE seminar to show you how to blog on your
    WordPress author website to attract new readers and get
    free traffic from the search engines.
    Who should attend this seminar? Someone who wants to:
     Build more traffic to their author website;
     Educate and entertain their readers;
     Learn how to find topics that attract more readers;
     Learn how to get readers to share your posts on their social media
     Construct blog articles with proper search engine optimization;
     Learn how to syndicate their blog posts throughout the Internet,
    especially their social media network.
    Class Details
    Location: ITT Technical Institute
    8039 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34201
    Date: February 25, 2014 (Tuesday)
    Time: 3-5pm
    Cost: Free
    Call or email Joe below to reserve your place. Space is limited.

    Joe Jacobson 941-587-4530 |

  • 02/19/14
  • Words and Writers Seminar Series 2

    Words & Writers Seminar Series
    The One-Hour Author Website
    A FREE seminar to show you how to build an effective and professional author website using a specially-designed WordPress template.

    Who should attend this seminar? Someone who:
    •    Wants a customized website without paying the high costs normally associated with customization;
    •    Is willing to complete their site using a template;
    •    Can follow directions from video tutorials;
    •    Does not want to buy their own hosting; and
    •    Wants to pay less than $10/month for their website, which includes hosting, theme & plugin updates, and server maintenance.

    Class Details
    Location: ITT Technical Institute
    8039 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34201
    Date: February 24, 2014 (Monday)
    Time: 3-5pm
    Cost: Free
    Call or email Joe below to reserve your place.  Space is limited.

    Joe Jacobson  941-587-4530 |

  • 02/11/14
  • Casting Call - A Geek Love Story

    ManaSota Films Project, FlyingCar Pictures and Approach Signal are teaming up to produce “Caster’s Blog: A Geek Love Story” as a short film set in Sarasota. We aim to shoot over a couple of weekends in late April/early May 2014.


  • 01/31/14
  • February Film Mixer

    February 20, 2014
    5:30-7:30 p.m.

    New Indie Film & TV business
    and distribution models; plus
    What’s “REAL” in Reality Television

    State College of Florida
    7131 Professional Pkwy. E.,
    Sarasota, FL 34240
    Join us for great networking & great interaction, learn about what's real in reality TV, and the details of Mr. Schulberg's upcoming independent film to be shot almost completely in the Southwest Florida area -- and other exciting information!

    K.C. Schulberg - (award-winning Hallmark Channel exec for years, now producing full length indie,
    see link).

    Currently K.C. is an independent producer and film executive. He was with New York-based Hallmark Entertainment in a number of senior level positions including Worldwide Production Supervisor and
    Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Marketing. As Worldwide Production Supervisor, he was the number-two production executive, overseeing the company's extensive slate of films. With an annual turnover of
    $275 million, Hallmark Entertainment was the world's leading producer of movies and miniseries for television, and the third largest producer of
    American prime-time programming.


    John Daly - (original host of Real TV, see link).
    John is an award-winning, internationally-known journalist, news anchor, producer, writer, author, spokesperson, and TV host. He is best known as a pioneer in reality TV for hosting the ground-breaking show Real TV, the first all-video news magazine show.


    Appetizers and Beverages provided!


     $10 Pre-Registration (ends 2/18/14)
    $12 At The Door

  • 01/22/14
  • Announcing Caster's Blog

    ManaSota Films and Approach Signal (together, the "ManaSota Films Project") are pleased to announce that they will be producing Caster's Blog, a short story/film idea submitted by Austin and Sherrie McKinley. This will be the first production of its kind, tapping into the considerable resources and talent here in the Manatee/Sarasota County acting and filmmaking community.  MSFP anticipates several subsequent productions.  If you would like to participate in the production of Caster's Blog - acting, crew, etc., please let them know at Thanks and see you soon!

    Join ManaSota Films here:

    Mark Troy, ManaSota Films

    Heath Jordan, Approach Signal

  • 01/16/14
  • Job Opportunity- Multimedia Journalist/Weather Needed!

    ·         Story

    ·         Comments

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:26 pm


    WTXL ABC 27 HD has an immediate opening for a full-time Multimedia Journalist in our News Department.

    Duties of this position will include providing live news reports for WTXL news programs and additional programming as needed; anchoring weather on weekends and for various shifts; updating social media; building community and business contacts to keep daily fresh leads; gathering, assembling and explaining information accurately on all stories assigned; and conducting live reports from the remote event sites as well as from the studio. Other duties may be assigned as the needs of the station dictate.

    Applicants must be able to perform work accurately and thoroughly, communicate effectively with others using the spoken word, find solutions for or deal proactively with work-related problems, complete assigned tasks under stressful situations; and be willing to fill in when necessary and make public appearances representing the stations. A valid state driver’s license is required and applicants must be able to pass a driving background check.


    • A Bachelor’s degree in broadcast media or related field

    • At least 1-2 years of previous experience as a reporter, with some on-air weather anchoring experience preferred

    • Ability to use various digital platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, the station website, and mobile applications.

    • Ability to work weekends and holidays, as well as to attend conferences and seminars as needed

    • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds

    The ideal candidate is expected to act as a supervisor or role model to other staff during assigned shifts, and must be able to work well with other staff under periods of stress and impending deadlines as well as having a visceral distaste for office politics and gossip.

    To apply, send your cover letter, resume, writing samples, and a link to your reel Include in the subject line the title of the position for which you are applying. We accept attachments in .doc, .docx, .pdf, and .txt formats. No telephone calls, please. WTXL ABC 27 HD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



  • 01/13/14
  • Kitchen Needed for Production Shoot

    Production Shoot looking for very large open kitchens with an island that is flat, preferably no sink or stove on it.  Crew of about 8-10 people, all professionals.  There is a modest $250 for 1/2 day or $400 paid for about an 8-hour day, to defray costs and say thanks... If interested please send a picture or two to:
    Melissa (Missy) Mulloy, Producer
    Cell 941.321.4435

    Planned shoot date is January 30th.

  • 01/09/14
  • "Free Ride" that shot throughout Sarasota County

    SEE THE FILM!  JAN 10th -  The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office is proud to announce the release of Free Ride by Director Shana Betz starring Academy Award Winner Anna Paquin (trailer:, which rolls out in theaters in LA and NYC and on every major VOD/cable system outlet this coming Friday January 10th! Based on Shana Betz's true life story, this retro roller coaster indie was shot entirely in Sarasota County! Please support this film's release by watching on VOD on Friday or
    at a theatre near you.

    Festival Opening Night Film ~
    Ft. Lauderdale International
    Film Festival
    Award Winner ~ Tangerine Entertainment Award - Hamptons Int'l. Film Festival

    Praise for "FREE RIDE":

    "...neatly re-creates the casual, copacetic sexuality and drug use of the '70s with enough authenticity that ... it never feels like simplistic moral retribution." Variety 10/20/13
    "...montages of hedonistic good times (including some druggy, gropey parties that are witnessed by the kids) leading to menacing turns of events and inevitable encounters with the Feds. Betz and her cast have a firm grip on the domestic side of things..." Hollywood Reporter 10/30/13
    "The opening moment of "Free Ride," Friday night's gripping curtain-raiser for the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, is quick to introduce the carefully calibrated tension to follow for the next 83 minutes." The Go Guide 10/17/13

  • 12/18/13
  • Local Movie Released on Netflix!

    Demon- Ocean Productions 


    Press release article:

    Distributor Direct Link: 


  • 12/11/13
  • Attention Producers!

  • 12/05/13
  • December Film Mixer Monday 12-9-13
    SCFEO December Film Mixer

    Monday, December 9, 2013

    5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    Please join the SCFEO
    and the
    Bradenton Area Film Commission
    for a joint film mixer   


    Powel Crosley Estate

    8374 North Tamiami Trail,
    Sarasota, FL 34243


    "Conversations with..."

    Our joint December 9th mixer with the Bradenton Area Film Commission at the Powel Crosley Mansion will feature interview guests, Executive Producer Stuart Goodman and his wife, cable network
    executive Shelley Blaine Goodman
    . Stuart has a resume that includes amazing producing diversity - television hits from "Dark Shadows" to "Manhunter," specials, documentaries and much, much more. Shelley was one of the founding employees of A&E as well as prominently involved with major film festivals, among other fascinating background details!

    Be sure to check out the trailer for Stuart's new made-for-television movie starring Dolly Parton and Mary Kay Place - "A Country Christmas Story" which aired on Lifetime Network, Friday 11/15: 

    "A Country Christmas Story" Trailer"
    "A Country Christmas Story Announcement"


       $10.00 pre-registration  

    $12.00 at the door  



  • 12/03/13
  • American Patriots In Art Open House 12-7-13

    Sculptor Greg Marra's studio warming party on Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy Greg's art and refreshments. RSVP to or 267-885-9329

    1121 Lewis Ave., Sarasota, Florida 34234

  • 11/14/13

    The DIY Network's hit TV series “Desperate Landscapes” is searching for America’s ugliest front yards! Email details, pictures and video of your ugly front yard to:


    America's Most Desperate Landscape (AMDL) is in its 7th year. We conduct a nationwide search for the ugliest front yards in America. One yard is chosen for a major two-day makeover. Check out the video on our home page to learn more about it:

    In addition to the ugly front yards, we need fun, able-bodied homeowners. The homeowners will work alongside our host Jason Cameron to fix up the front yard in two days. They need plenty of personality and a willingness to make fun of themselves.

    You can also check us out by going to DIY Network:



  • 11/13/13
  • FYI for Filmmakers

    Filmmakers Marketing Your Film: “Get ready to be your own marketing guru”

    Script’s comprehensive prep advice breaks down the variables you must consider for your marketing and PR strategies that will be crucial for “final funding to help with strategic planning for festival, theatrical release and/or broadcast premiere outreach” of your movie. (SCRIPT)


  • 11/08/13
  • REALITY, CHARISMATIC MALE CHARACTERSHISTORY CHANNEL 2014 Second Edition of Unscripted Development Pipeline Set for February Deadline The NYTVF and History are re-teaming for the second installment of the HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipeline. Through this sponsored initiative, the network is seeking original, unscripted television concepts from independent artists and production companies. Submissions should focus on charismatic male characters living in surprising worlds or with fresh points of view. Initiative Details: • 15 semi-finalists will be reviewed by the network with five (5) finalists receiving development funding to produce additional tape. One winner will receive $10,000 and a development opportunity with History. • Deadline: February 24, 2014 • GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE Submission Overview: • Pilot Teaser/Sizzle Reel/Casting Tape: Two (2) to Four (4) Minutes • Series Treatment: One (1) to Two (2) Pages Development Objectives: • From the deals on “Pawn Stars” to the misadventures with “The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man” and the ingenuity of the “Mountain Men”, History is a #1 destination for authentic informative unscripted entertainment for men. The purpose of this NYTVF initiative is to introduce History to the next generation of emerging producers and story tellers who have found dynamic aspirational male characters in exciting exceptional worlds. Try to think outside the box of what is on our air. After all – we already have it! • The History brand is sharp, gutsy, genuine, and rooted- and we think you might have the next big thing! Notes from History: • What makes these characters interesting and drives them? Why should the audience care about this character/group and what they do? • Are these characters experts in their worlds? • Is there clear, exciting action that can provide material for multiple episodes/seasons? Check out The Hollywood Reporter's coverage !
  • 11/01/13
  • MTV Casting Call - 16 and Pregnant

    MTV is casting for the thought-provoking documentary series “16 and Pregnant.” This series follows the journeys of young women as they face unexpected pregnancies and navigate the difficulties of becoming
    parents at a young age. Our goal is to give viewers a look inside the realities of teen pregnancy -- from morning sickness and balancing school responsibilities to navigating incredibly difficult decisions and
    relationships with boyfriends and/or parents, ultimately to the day of the baby’s arrival and beyond. MTV is looking for young women from varying backgrounds who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to share their personal story about this life-changing and complicated journey. The teen birth rate in the U.S. declined 25 percent between 2007 and 2011. Despite the steep decline in teen birth rates, more than 700,000 teenage girls in the U.S. still become pregnant each year.
    The vast majority of these pregnancies are unintended. In a recent poll by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 77 percent of teens age 12-19 that have seen “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” say the shows “help teens better understand
    the challenges of pregnancy and parenting.”
    If you would like to share your story in order to raise awareness about this issue, please email us as soon as possible. Include the city and state you live in, your contact details, a picture and the reason why you’d like to share your story as part of “16 and Pregnant.”

  • 10/29/13
  • Home Needed ASAP For Location Shoot

    Student film is in need of a home to use for a location.  The story is of a Computer Engineer. They would need the location Nov 8th or 9th for 1/2 a day at most. Scenes in the dining room and outside the gargage. Please contact Tina Shumway at the film commission office if you are interested in hosting the students. 941-309-1200 x 104 or

  • 10/29/13

    Gus Corbella: Keep Florida's film industry booming

    Oct. 28, 2013 6:30 PM   | 
    Gus Corbella
    Written by Gus Corbella

    I can’t help but smile when I read in Variety about the mayor of Los Angeles begging film and television studios not to take work out of his city.

    A recent study by Film Works LA finds that movie production in Los Angeles has plummeted 60 percent since its peak 15 years ago. Increased taxes and regulations are driving the entertainment industry out of California in a sort of reverse manifest destiny, and studios are farming out productions throughout the country, including here to Florida.

    The Sunshine State has been successfully utilizing tax credits to attract the industry to shoot major motion pictures, television series and other independent productions here. The benefits to Florida are many: high-wage jobs, boosts to the local economies and worldwide publicity for our state. However, entertainment incentives in Florida are at a critical juncture, and our state could suffer unless we act during the upcoming legislative session.

    Here’s why: The $296 million in tax credits appropriated for the industry since 2010 by the Legislature have mostly been committed. That is a testament to the success of the program and the industry’s interest in our state.

    As legislators struggle to identify where to best invest limited resources in the coming months, I hope they’ll see the incredible value that has come from luring these productions to Florida. Legislation will be considered in the coming months to reseed and modernize the financial incentive program to keep Florida competitive with other locations trying to attract these productions. Providing a reliable and stable funding mechanism that will guarantee Florida as the “go-to location” for entertainment production is an opportunity that Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature should not pass up this spring.

    Any resident of South Beach can attest to the transformative powers of television. “Miami Vice” changed the landscape of South Florida in the 1980s by re-energizing Miami as one of the emerging entertainment capitals of the world and the global center for Hispanic media.
    Gus Corbella is serving his third term as chairman of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, the lead advisory body to Florida government on entertainment issues. He is also the director of government law and policy for Greenberg Traurig in Tallahassee ( Contact him at

  • 10/07/13
  • ManaSota Films is actively seeking new material for production!

    Do You Have An Idea for a Film or Web Series?

    ManaSota Films and Approach Signal are excited to announce the "ManaSota Films Project".  We are actively seeking new material for production.  If you have an idea for a short film, web series, TV show, music video, we want to hear your pitch.  No strings attached, no fees for entry, we are simply looking for Quality material to produce.  Any genre except Adult/X.  Do you have a screenplay already written?  Do you have an idea for a reality series?  Do you have something in mind that you would like to see made but you simply don't have access to the resources?  Tell Us About It! 

    For complete information check out the website and video here:

    Thanks and Good Luck!

    Heath Jordan, Approach Signal
    Mark Troy, ManaSota Films

  • 09/25/13
  • Special VIP Mixer


     Please RSVP to attend ~ We hope to see you there!
    ~ Every inventor, every entrepreneur, every indie filmmaker and producer needs to
    know the facts and how to make CROWDFUNDING work for them .... Spread the word!

    Tuesday, October 15th

    Event Sponsor:


    8350 N. Tamiami Trail ~ Sarasota, FL 34243
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Refreshment Sponsors:












    The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office will host a special mixer event addressing a subject that everyone's talking about these days - arguably one of the hottest topics right now in the wide world of filmmakers, indie producers, inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators of all kinds:


    Yes, it can work.  Dramatically.
    Speaker:   Brian Meece, CEO ~ ROCKETHUB

    Learn from the expert!  Hear about their partnership with A&E Television networks!


    -Online registration deadline October 13
    at the door

    Please note we have a new way of registering for EDC/SCFEO events.
    If you are a member already, just use your password.
    If not, Click "New Visitor Registration" to sign up and reserve your spot!







  • 09/24/13
  • Production Crew Call

    Conducting interviews this week. 
    New documentary Camera crew

    Experienced preferred, please advise if you have your own equipment or not and what type of HD digital camera you have. New to the film industry/experienced student is OK! We will be conducting interviews this week and next week we will start shooting. Please send your resume, video reels, availability to work on weekends and expected hourly/daily rate. Thank you

    B.E.S. Inc
    Tel:941 729-1652

  • 09/11/13
  • DI Classes

    Divine Imagery offering classes.
    Artist- Greg Baker 941-350-4562

    Flesh FX Basic Prosthetic Course
    Learn Professional Techniques for
    Sculpting, molding, fabricating and applying
    Latex Prosthetics
    Four classes ~ Two hours each  ~ Once per week ~ $200.00 per student

    All materials and priceless source of information, lifelong consutlation on personal projects.

    3451 Queens St. #615, Sarasota, Florida 34231

  • 09/10/13
  • Bautiful Noise at Movieville

    media contact: Steve Tatone / 941.504.8725

     Midnight Pass Entertainment’s
     “Blind Pass” and “Beautiful Noise”
    help power Sarasota’s
    Movieville International Film Festival

    Beautiful Noise stars to perform songs from the film at the
    Movieville Kickoff Party at Florida Studio Theatre

        [September 10, 2013 – Sarasota, Fla.]  Suncoast-based independent film production company Midnight Pass Entertainment announced today that it’s first two feature films, “Beautiful Noise” and “Blind Pass”, will be showcased at the Movieville International Film Festival in Sarasota, Florida taking place September 19-22, 2013 at the legendary Burns Court Cinemas. Blind Pass screens on Movieville’s Opening Night on Friday, September 20th at 6:30pm. Filmed entirely on location on Florida’s Suncoast and in Ireland, Writer/Producer/Director Steve Tatone’s new indie drama/thriller features an ensemble Cast led by Emmy Award Winner and international film and television star Armand Assante and Sarasota’s very own Danielle White, who also co-produced the film.

    Beautiful Noise, a musical/drama also starring Ms. White and written, produced and directed by Mr. Tatone, originally made it’s Suncoast splash in 2011, breaking box office records at the Sarasota Film Festival. The film has been re-edited by the filmmaker in advance of it’s upcoming DVD release and will screen at Movieville on Saturday, September 21st at Burns Court at 6:30 pm.

    Mr Tatone stated: “It’s always great to be embraced by your hometown.  The people behind the Movieville Film Festival are dedicated to presenting high quality films created right here in southwest Florida as well as amazing features from around the world. We’re thrilled with this very special double-feature opportunity and very happy that our Sarasota-Bradenton fans can catch both of our films the same weekend at Burns Court. Hundreds of Suncoast movie-goers were shut out from seeing Beautiful Noise a couple of years ago due to the six sold out showings, so this is a wonderful opportunity to screen an even better version of the film. And what a terrific way to wind up our amazing Florida film festival run with Blind Pass before it premieres at the Woodstock Film Festival in New York next month! These are very exciting times for our indie film company.”  

    Mr. Tatone also revealed that the stars of Beautiful Noise will perform songs from the film and other great tunes at the Movieville “Celebrity Meet & Greet” kickoff event on Thursday evening, September 19th. The sizzling event starts at 6:30 pm at the Florida Studio Theater's Cabaret venue and features Jay White, the Las Vegas-based, world renowned Neil Diamond tribute artist and his co-stars, singer/songwriters Kimber Cleveland, hailing from Nashville and Sarasota's multi-talented Danielle White. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind live musical event are available at

    Midnight Pass Entertainment has changed the face of independent filmmaking in southwest Florida with a wide slate of movies - including Musicals, Dramas, Comedies and Documentaries - in various stages of production, development and distribution all of which originate from Sarasota for audiences worldwide. The company’s first feature film, the musical/drama “Beautiful Noise” broke the box office records at the 2010 Sarasota Film Festival; and it’s second feature, “Blind Pass”, is currently enjoying a successful run on the 2013 international film festival circuit.  MPE will commence pre-production in 2014 on the new fantasy/drama penned by Steve Tatone and Danielle White entitled “If The Fates Allow”, which will be shot on location on Florida’s Suncoast, France and Greece.


    Writer, director, producer Steve Tatone is the driving force behind Midnight Pass Entertainment, a fast-

    growing independent film production company based in Sarasota, Florida. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Steve

    spent ten years in regional television in the Midwest creating prime-time specials, documentaries and

    commercials before relocating to southwest Florida to lay the groundwork for his move into feature films

    in 2006. His first feature, the musical/drama Beautiful Noise, debuted in 2010. His 2013 follow-up film is

    the psychological drama/thriller Blind Pass. Steve is currently writing the fantasy/drama If The Fates

    Allow with his producing and writing partner Danielle White. He also conceived and is associate

    producer of the forthcoming sports bio-drama Turk, the true-life story of former Boston Bruin hockey

    legend Derek Sanderson.

    The star of Steve Tatone’s 1st feature film - 2010’s musical/drama Beautiful Noise - Danielle White captured the coveted female lead in Blind Pass and also serves the production as Co-Producer. Ms. White, 21, is a graduate of Booker High School’s highly regarded Performing Arts program and a past winner of FOX-TV’s “American Juniors”, a spinoff of “American Idol”.  Now a principal producer/writer with Midnight Pass Entertainment, Danielle is co-writing the fantasy/drama If The Fates Allow and developing a number of film, television and stage projects with Mr. Tatone.

    “Beautiful Noise”: Principal Photography: Sarasota/Bradenton Summer/Fall 2009.
    Writer/Director/Producer – Steve Tatone      

    “Blind Pass”: Principal Photography: Sarasota/Bradenton  & Ireland December-January 2011/12.
    Writer/Director/Producer – Steve Tatone      Co-Producer – Danielle White

    High-res photography available upon request.

    Learn more about “Blind Pass” online on Facebook at BLIND PASS MOVIE.
    Learn more about “Beautiful Noise” online on Facebook at BEAUTIFUL NOISE MOVIE.


  • 09/09/13
  • Movieville Film Festival Update 9-9-13

    Sarasota Florida
    September 9, 2013
    For Immediate Release:

    Movieville International Film Festival will be kicking off its third year of outstanding international and national independent films showcasing the filmmaker and the art of character driven storytelling within the film genre, September 19-22, 2013. Apart from showcasing the work of local producers,  Movieville will present special screenings of Behind the Gate, a breathtaking documentary on the world of horse racing starring Joe Pesci and award winning crime thriller, Real Gangsters starring Margot Kidder, Robert Loggia and Steven Bauer and more than 40 more films.

    The festivities begin September 19th with a sizzling event at Florida Studio Theater's Cabaret with the stars from Beautiful Noise, a locally produced music themed film from Steve Tatone. Jay White, world renowned Neil Diamond cover artist will be arriving from Las Vegas to perform hits as well as stars Kimber Cleveland, hailing from Nashville and Sarasota's own, Danielle White.

    Friday, September 20th kicks off the festival at Sarasota Film Society's historic Burn's Court at 6:30 PM with the special screening of the Edgar Allen Poe adaptation of, “Ligeria” entitled, The Tomb, featuring Sofya Skya, a Russian born prima ballerina and actress. Wes Bentley and Eric Roberts co-star in this horror-thriller. The juxta posed opening night film is Blind Pass. A very cool indie thriller starring the legendary Armand Assante. The thriller has its roots in Sarasota and is a locally produced gem that is the brainchild of Steve Tatone who resides in the Sarasota area and is a prolific producer who will be showing two films in the festival this year.
    The festivities include an array of events beginning with a one of a kind Show Biz Expo at The Hub. Running 12-5 on Friday, the 20th, this is the go to happening for anyone interested in any aspect of movie production.
    That evening after the opening night, commencing at 8:30 pm Movieville is proud to host its first annual Art Jam at The Hub, which features a live creation of a one of a kind masterpiece by Adriana Oancia and live DJ music by DJ Yoda. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Center for Building Hope.
    Saturday’s festivities include a beach party commencing at 6 pm at the quintessential waterfront venue of Tarpon Pointe along the Manatee River. Guest will sway to the groovy tunes of Big T and the Tornados under the stars. VIP guests will arrive by the glorious yacht, The Algorythm.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Manatee Children’s Services.
    Sunday is the finale of the festival marked by a VIP Gala event at Sarasota’s own Classic Car Museum. Guests will arrive in grand style marked by a bevy of beautiful automobiles, equally classic talent and a glamorous fashion show. Café Baci will cater the event and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee. Jonathan Cortez will be performing as well as choreography from Empire Ballroom Studios of Dancing with the Stars fame together with a couture fashion by Zhanna Kens.
    For more information

  • 09/09/13
  • $10,000 Unscripted Development DEADLINE APPROACHES!!!LIFETIME UNSCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 23 Two weeks remain to submit casting tapes for a chance at $10,000 REMINDER: Submissions for the 2nd Annual Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline are due two weeks from today (Monday, 9/23/13). Lifetime is seeking 2-4 minute casting tapes that include the following: • Tapes that highlight unique, larger-than-life individual(s) with a specific business or skill or a unique set of circumstances that makes them unforgettable. • Funny, REAL, and unexpected ideas. • Characters like Abby Lee (from Dance Moms) who are loud and fun to watch; we are looking for characters who are outrageous but still relatable. • We are looking for characters who appeal to a broad, middle-class audience. Characters who offer a fun escape. (Characters who seem too out of reach or lack layers don’t make for hit series.) Get the inside scoop on submissions from NYTVF Founder Terence Gray in last week's Development Download: For more information on this initiative, including rules and regulations, please visit the main initiative page: Questions? Concerns? Email for all the answers!
  • 09/03/13
  • Manasota Films September 18th Meeting

    Mark your calendars for September 18 - Meet and greet local independent filmmakers and actors at the September 2013 ManaSota Films meeting!  We meet at the beautiful Lakewood Ranch Cinema (Thank you Sarasota Film Society!) the third Wednesday of each month.  Beginning at 8:15 pm you will have the opportunity to meet and network with the best and the brightest talent in the area.  Then we screen locally produced films and videos for about an hour - your films on the big screen!

    This area is percolating with new productions and you don't want to miss out on what's going on! 

    No cover fees or admission charges! 

    For more information, join us on Facebook here: or email .

    See you at the movies!

  • 08/27/13
  • Casting Call Aug. 31 and Sept. 1

    Digital Film Student in need of talent!

    This weekend (Saturday, August 31st and Sunday September 1st) the junior class is holding a casting session for junior project films from 9 AM to 6 PM.

    More information and film/role descriptions are available on our casting webpage as well as our Facebook event page.

    (800) 255-7695 (Toll-Free U.S.)
    (941) 351-5100


  • 08/23/13
  • Great Opportunity! Discovery Launches New Fund

    Discovery launches $500,000 development fund

    Discovery Channel U.S. and Discovery Networks International (DNI) are teaming to launch a US$500,000 Global Landmark Development Fund, designed to back “ground-breaking epic series and landmark events.”
    The fund will aim to kick-start the creation of the next big breakthrough programs in science, adventure, history, engineering and natural history, and will invest in “the most impressive and daring ideas from the production community around the world,” according to the partners.
    Production companies are being encourage to submit their innovative ideas to Discovery Channel’s exec VP of production and development for landmark series and specials Andrew Jackson; and to DNI’s creative director and head of production and development Julian Bellamy.
    “Discovery Channel is as committed as ever to pushing the boundaries of traditional genres and breaking new grounds in the non-fiction space,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery Channel and TLC Networks U.S.
    “With a strong focus on our roots in natural history to new explorations of the unknown – like live events including Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda and Space Jump Live – we will continue to provide the unprecedented access to extraordinary people and places that sets us apart from our competition.”
    DNI exec VP and chief content officer Luis Silberwasser added: “This is an exciting challenge for producers to bring us ideas as ambitious and innovative as Planet Earth and North America.
    “By working on a global scale, we have a unique opportunity to enlist the world’s best production companies to make their most ambitious ideas a reality. Discovery programming is renowned worldwide for its excellence and this fund will ensure we continue to reinvent in the masterpieces of which we are so proud.”
    The partners cited North America (pictured above), Discovery’s first independently-produced natural history landmark series; and the Grand Canyon special Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda, which aired live in nearly 180 countries worldwide, as examples of recent successes.
    In related news, Discovery Channel U.S. is to premiere Alaskan Steel Men – a series looking at the world of metal welders in the northernmost U.S. State – on August 30 at 10 p.m. EST.
    The show is produced by the Lizard Trading Company, with Liz Bronstein and Harry Lowell serving as the indie’s executive producers. John Moffet serves as exec producer for Discovery.

    Read more:

  • 08/20/13
  • Auditions Sarasota Medival Fair


    For Immediate Release

    The Sarasota Medieval Fair Holds Open Auditions for the November Festival

    Sarasota, FL (August  20, 2013)  The 10th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair will be holding auditions this weekend for the sides of French and English for the festival's theme, the Battle of Crecy, that will be taking place in November.

    The experienced, the inexperienced, those with silly talents and those that have a flair for the medieval period are encouraged to attend the general auditions that will be taking place on the grounds of the festival at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.  All ages are encourage to assist in the creative process of recreating 1346 that will begin with fun theatre games, following a basic sword fighting class for those that wish to get involved in the human combat chess match consisting of staged combat and stunts. 

    "It's a very friendly and welcoming environment to walk into," says Dean Bowden, Artistic Director since 2005 with this festival and part time jouster.  "The veterans welcome the first-timers, because we all remember the first fears of walking in front of strangers to be put on the spot."  Bowden also goes on to say the youngest cast member returning is eleven where the oldest is sixty-four, along with a strong surge of families getting involved together over the last few years.

    The Sarasota Medieval Fair will hold auditions on Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25, at 11:00a.m. on the festival site at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.  Only one day is necessary to attend.  Independent talent auditions are by appointment only on Saturday by emailing in advance.  The Sarasota Medieval Fair will be held three weekends, November 9-24, 2013, 10a.m. – 6p.m. Rain or Shine.  For more information on the Sarasota Medieval Fair, please visit or call 1-888-303-3247.


    If you are a media representative and would like to contact our Marketing Division, please contact the Marketing Coordinator at: or call Toll-Free: 1-888-303-FAIR(3247)


    If you would like to consider sponsoring the 2013 Sarasota Medieval Fair, opportunities are available in both cash and in-kind trade.  Please contact our Marketing Coordinator at

  • 08/19/13
  • Movieville Film Festival Update

    Movieville has selected The Tomb and Blind Pass as the double opening night film premiere's!

    Also, Lana Fuchs of Billionaire Mafia fame and Sin City Wives making a special appearance for the weekend..

    Tentative schedule:

    Sept 19th: Florida Studio Theater Musical Meet and Greet with special guest stars from Beautiful Noise (I'll keep you posted on this)

    Sept 20th: Show Biz Expo at The HuB 12-5..Special guests include Heavyweight champion and local hero China Smith and possibly Nick Wallenda!
    6:30 PM Opening Night Premieres at Burn's Court
    8:30-1AM Opening Night Art Jam benefiting Center For Building Hope at The Hub

    Sept 21st: 6:30PM Ultimate Beach and Yacht Party at Tarpon Pointe

    Sept 22nd: 6PM: Gala Awards at the Classic Car Museum benefiting United Cerebral Palsey featuring Jonathan Cortez, Cafe Baci with special Great Gatsby inspired dance numbers by Empire Ballroom studios( Dancing with the Stars fame) and couture fashions by Zhanna Kens..

  • 07/31/13
  • Independent Film Festival August 23-25

    Media Contact:
    Magida Diouri
    Burns Court Cinemas, Friday, August 23, Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2013.
    Scheduled to be held at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota, on Friday, August 23, Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, the Fabulous Independent Film Festival will mark its third anniversary with 3 days of cinema celebrating diversity in the LGBT community. In association with the Harvey Milk Festival, a non profit organization, the festival is organized by broken rules productions.  Tickets are $8.50, opening and closing night films are $10, available on and at Burns Court Cinemas on the days of the festival.
    Films scheduled are GBF, presented by Watermark Media, the festival opens with Darren Stein’s hilarious high school comedy about a shy gay teen who becomes a must have accessory for three crafty beauties who desperately need a Gay Best Friend to complete their look.  HOT GUYS WITH GUNS, this frothy mystery caper centers on an aspiring actor and his party boy ex, who find themselves sucked into a crime spree targeting Hollywood’s so-called Velvet Mafia.  FIRST PERIOD, a hilarious comedy (think Heathers-meets-John Waters) follows a spunky teenage girl (played by Brandon Alexander III) as she plans her totally rad "Sweet 16" party despite scheming by the mean girls in school.  VALENTINE ROAD a powerful, thoughtful and tragic documentary tells the story of the 2008 killing of Lawrence "Larry" King, a grade eight student.  HAPPY SAD, relates the story of two young couples in New York—one black and gay, one white and heterosexual—finding themselves intertwined as they create new relationship norms.  Starring our own Charlie Barnett (Booker High graduate).  MARGARITA, told through the eyes of a hardworking undocumented Mexican nanny, is an award-winning dramedy, which captures a turning point in the life of a Canadian family.  INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR, James Franco and Travis Matthews (I Want Your Love) collaborate on this experimental and sexually explicit film imagining what was cut from the classic CRUISING. It created a huge controversy when screened at this year at the Sundance Film Festival.  GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA, the life and world of Gore Vidal, one of the wittiest and most opinionated author, essayist and commentator of the 20th century, is revealed in this hugely entertaining documentary that was a smash hit when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. REACHING FOR THE MOON chronicles the passionate yet tempestuous love affair between Pulitzer prize-winning American poet, Elizabeth Bishop, and Brazilian architect, Lota de Macedo Soares. DESPERATION LINGERS, a short, by our local multi talented boy wonder: Anthony Paull, will precede GBF.

    Sarasota Film Society, Watermark Media, Janice & John Shelton, Embracing Our Differences, RCMoore Construction, Theodore A. Gollnick, PA, Throb, Clasico and Caragiulo’s are among the Fabulous IFF sponsors making this festival a reality. The complete list of sponsors is featured on the Fabulous IFF web site,  The Fabulous IFF welcomes sponsors at all levels.

    The Fabulous Independent Film Festival

    Burns Court Cinemas (506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, FL 34236)
    Friday, August 23, 2013
    3:00 PM  VALENTINE ROAD (89 min.)
    5:15 PM  HAPPY SAD (87 min.)
    7:30 PM  Watermark Media presents GBF (98 min.) Opening Night Film, preceded by DESPERATION LINGERS

    Saturday, August 24, 2013
    3:00 PM  FIRST PERIOD (100 min.)
    5:15 PM  MARGARITA (90 min.)
    7:30 PM  INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR (60 min.)

    Sunday, August 25, 2013
    5:00 PM  REACHING FOR THE MOON (118 min.)
    7:30 PM  HOT GUYS WITH GUNS (105 min.) Closing Night Film

    Opening Night Party
    Clasico - RED (1341 Main St  Sarasota, FL 34236)
    Friday, August 23, 2013
    9:30 PM
    Closing Night Reception
    CARAGIULOS (69 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236)
    Sunday, August 25, 2013
    9:30 PM

    For press and sponsorship info, please contact Magida Diouri at 941.284.3059 or

  • 07/29/13
  • LIFETIME WANTS YOUR REALITY SHOW TREATMENTLIFETIME AND THE NYTVF RE-TEAM FOR SECOND ANNUAL “LIFETIME UNSCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE” *** Development Initiative Puts Focus on Casting; Seeks Talent Tapes Featuring Funny, Real and Unexpected Characters ~ Five Finalist projects will Receive Development Funding from the Network with One Winner Earning $10,000 and the Opportunity to Participate in Pilot Production! This contest is providing indie producers and production companies with the opportunity to develop unscripted programming with the cable powerhouse. In its second year, the initiative shifts focus to casting, seeking tapes that highlight larger-than-life individuals that could be the network's next big star. 25 semi-finalists in the Unscripted Development Pipeline will have their submissions reviewed by Lifetime executives, as well as invited to participate in the 2013 New York Television Festival as Official Artists. Five finalists will then receive development funding from the network to produce additional tape, with one winner awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the production of a pilot presentation based on their concept. Participants are encouraged to uncover broadly appealing and unforgettable characters – both male and female – that live in outrageous yet relatable worlds and can sustain a series. The initiative is open to U.S. residents age 18 and over who do not have any contractual commitments preventing them from entering into an exclusive development deal with Lifetime. Unscripted formats not currently under development at a network, studio or major production company and meeting all other criteria in the Official Rules are eligible for the competition. Completed entries will include a two (2) – four (4) minute DVD of the subject and a one (1) to two (2) page treatment describing the unscripted series. Official contest rules and dates can be accessed through the contest Web site located at : The NYTVF will be accepting entries through September 23, 2013.
  • 07/18/13
  • MTV Casting Warm, Fun, Family Is your family the Mexican version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Are you of Mexican descent and come from a big family? Do you laugh a lot and think your family is crazy when everyone gets together? Do some of your older family members embarrass you with the things they say? MTV is looking for a fun, funny and boisterous family of Mexican descent. If you constantly question why cameras aren't following you and your family, we want to hear from you. Please send your name, location, and picture to
    Please make sure you include pictures and descriptions of your family as well, explaining what makes them funny and unique!

  • 07/16/13
  • Press Release for Indy Film Festival

    Media Contact:
    Magida Diouri

    Burns Court Cinemas, Friday, August 23, Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2013.
    Scheduled to be held at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota, the Fabulous Independent Film Festival is marking its third anniversary with 3 days of LGBT cinema, with 9 feature length films and as many short films, celebrating diversity.  In association with and benefitting the Harvey Milk Festival, a not for profit organization, the festival is organized by broken rules productions.
    DESPERATION LINGERS, a short feature from our local boy wonder - Anthony Paull, will be presented prior to the publication of his book by the same title.
    Tickets will be available at on Monday, July 29, 2013. Tickets will also be available at the Burns Court Cinemas each day of the festival.
    The Fabulous IFF makes its film selections from the greatest LGBT film festivals in the US, Canada and Europe. 
    The Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinemas is the venue sponsor.  Janice & John Shelton, RCMoore Construction, Embracing Our Differences, Theodore A. Gollnick, PA and Raine Designs are some of our wonderful sponsors helping make this event a reality.  The opening night party will be hosted by Clasico on Friday, August 23, 2013.
    The Fabulous IFF is welcoming sponsors at all levels. 
    Burns Court Cinemas - 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, 34236
    Clasico - 1341 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236

    For press and sponsorship info, please contact Magida Diouri at 941.284.3059 or

  • 07/11/13

    MSN SHORT-FORM STORYTELLERS CHALLENGE DEADLINE: Chance at $75K Production Budget - ONE MONTH LEFT TO SUBMIT! There is just under a month left to submit to the NYTVF–MSN Short-Form Storytellers Challenge. This initiative provides indie producers and production companies with the opportunity to compete for a guaranteed production budget of $75,000 to create an original short-form series for MSN. This is the first NYTVF development initiative seeking digital content that is accepting submissions from outside the U.S. What do you need to submit? • A single video file containing 2 produced episodes of an original short form series • A 1-to-2 page series treatment in PDF format You can find out all the information on the initiative and submit your projects: Again, this initiative is open to U.S. and international submitters.

    • Wednesday, July 24, 2013…………….Submission Period Begins
    • Monday, September 23, 2013 (noon)…………….Submission Deadline
    • Friday, October 4, 2013…………….Semi-finalists Announced
    • Saturday, October 26, 2013…………….Finalists Announced



  • 04/25/13
  • TVME! 2013

    Congratulations to all our TVME! 2013 Winners!!!


    TVME! 2013 WINNERS

  • 10/09/12
  • Jeanne Corcoran Elected to AFCI Board

    Jeanne Corcoran, Director, Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office, a division of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
    (941) 309-1200 ext. 211

    Sarasota County Film Commissioner Elected to International Board

    SARASOTA (October 9, 2012) – Jeanne Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office, a division of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC), has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). With more than 300 members located on almost every continent, the AFCI is the worldwide professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television and video production.

     “The impact of our organization is driven by the vitality and diversity of its membership,” said Kevin Clark, AFCI executive director. “I extend sincere appreciation to all members for their continued dedication to the film industry, and look forward to working with Jeanne Corcoran to further AFCI’s global initiatives.”

    Corcoran has been a professional, full-time film commissioner for 15 years: a decade with the State of Nevada film office as a film commissioner and the statewide production manager, and five years in her current position in Sarasota County. Serving as Sarasota County’s film commissioner since spring of 2007, Corcoran has led development of innovative services and incentives to attract and assist over 1,500 productions generating more than $32 million in economic impact for the community. She has served on the boards for Women in Film International, Film Florida, DACUM for the Arts Institute of America and Mystery Florida. Corcoran is also an award-winning writer, producer and creative director in film, television and video, creating more than 300 productions from concept to completion in the private sector.

    The EDC of Sarasota County is the private, not-for-profit corporation leading the community’s economic development strategy to add high-wage jobs and diversify the local economy. The EDC provides business assistance to companies in Sarasota County and helps forge solutions to community challenges that affect quality of life. The EDC works in partnership with chambers of commerce, local governments and other organizations throughout the county and the region. For more information, visit and


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  • 09/30/12
  • Auditions! - provides great audition links -- Be sure to check the audition pages of local theaters so you don't miss anything (click the theater name): Florida Studio TheatreThe Players Theatre of SarasotaManatee PlayersThe Golden AppleIsland Players
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