Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office

Production Calls

  • 12/17/14
  • SCFEO Film Mixer

    A conversation with and entertainment by  
    Kelly Wright

    just in time for the holidays!  
    Come meet and enjoy notable worldwide newsman Kelly Wright December 17th at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  Mr. Wright was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College for his "Beyond the Dream" lecture series and television program.  He has been an Emmy-winning news anchor and been "boots on the ground" doing coverage from Iraq, Africa, London and Paris, to The White House, Pentagon, and so much in between.  Mr. Wright has personally interviewed major public figures, from President Obama when he was a Senator to First Lady Laura Bush, Muhammad Ali to John Travolta, O.J. Simpson to Nick Jonas.  Exceedingly diverse in his experience and talents, Mr. Wright is also an author and a recording artist, who is focused on motivating, inspiring and promoting hope.
    Here is a recent interview with him:




    University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
    8350 N. Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, Florida 34243


  • 11/17/14
  • Voiceover Basics Workshop


    Time: November 22, 2014 from 9am to 4pm
    Location: HuB
    Organized By: Christine Alexander

    Event Description:
    November 22, 2014
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    HuB • 1680 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236 • 2nd Floor Conference Room • Space is limited to 12 students per class, lunch is included, see menu below • The cost for the 6 hour class: $135 MUST be paid by 11/20 For those new to the voiceover art who have no previous experience, this workshop is a stimulating opportunity to “try it out” in a studio-like situation. The class serves three purposes: one, to allow each participant to discover his or her comfort level with voiceover performance; two, to receive and respond to professional direction and critique; and three, to use the feedback and subsequent assessment to decide whether or not to pursue a voiceover training program. John will begin the class with a discourse on where the sources of business lie, the skills needed to do the job, typical session scenarios, fundamentals of script interpretation, and the basics of how to give the producer what he or she wants. The bulk of the class time will be spent on performance. Participants will be provided with a variety of commercial and narration scripts, and will select or be assigned specific scripts to be performed in the class. The approach to each individual performance will be similar to a true studio session experience, and each read will be preliminarily analyzed, then recorded, played back, critiqued, and refined. Time will also be devoted to reading over music beds, as this will help each person feel the mood of the script, as well as get a sense of how the final product will sound in playback. Within two days following the class, John will call each participant individually to render his opinion as to that person’s potential. About John Burr: John Burr has more than 30 years of experience as a recording engineer/producer, as a musical and theatrical performer/director, and as a professional trainer/coach. He has written and produced scripts in all media, and has directed many well-known national performers. His many years of working as a voiceover talent, recording engineer, editor, and producer have given him an in-depth understanding of every stage of the production process. LUNCH by My Foodie Food by Wendi Wilkie Tarragon Egg Salad Sandwiches Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad Sandwiches Roast Beef with spinach and béarnaise mayo Sandwiches all on ciabatta bread Mini brownie bites Fruit Chips **Please bring your own drinks. Refrigerator, ice and water available. Let us know if you prefer vegan or vegetarian option.

  • 11/17/14
  • Real Screen Awards

    June 2, 2015, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica CA



    Take advantage of the early submission rate and enter now for the Realscreen AwardsWe've revamped the program and added a new category in non-fiction programming in addition to its diverse assortment of unscripted categories.


    Shiny Floor Game Show


    Archive-based Programming
    Arts & Culture
    Environmental/Natural History
    Event Programming **NEW**
    Science & Technology
    Social Issues/Current Affairs

    Health & Well Being
    Home (Renovation, etc.)

    Brand-funded Program
    Multi-platform Project
    Web Series/Programs

    Winners will be honored in a high-profile presentation at Realscreen West in June 2015. Questions? Contact Jessica Wa Kumbu at or 416 408 2300 ext 237.

  • 11/15/14
  • The Veterans Legacy Summit & FILM FEST!

    The Veterans Legacy Summit Nov. 14 & 15 is free to attend but registration is required. Please visit
    to register and view a complete summit schedule. To expedite entry into the conference’s events, please print and bring the registration receipt. Follow the summit on social media using #VeteransLegacy and @ThePattersonFdn.


  • 11/13/14
  • Aids Walk Sarasota-Manatee

    Saturday, December 6th, JD Hamel Park, Main Street and US 41 benefitting Trinity Charities, Inc. For More information contact Trinity Chartities or www.trinity  Sponsorships are still available.




  • 11/12/14
  • 11/12 mixer! BATMAN Originator & Exec Producer Michael Uslan!

    DON'T MISS SEEING & HEARING MICHAEL USLAN, the originator & executive producer of ALL of the BATMAN films franchise, plus so many other career achievements!

    Film Mixer

    November 12, 2014
    5:30-7:30 p.m.



    Guest Speaker:
    Award winning,
    internationally acclaimed producer:


    Michael Uslan
    The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office will host MICHAEL USLAN,
    the originator and executive producer of the "Batman"
    film franchise, at a community mixer event
    on November 12th in Sarasota, Florida.

    Mr. Uslan's extraordinary career not only includes the breakthrough Batman film franchise that transformed the way superheroes were portrayed in film, which began with the Tim Burton-directed Batman of 1989 through the Dark Knight trilogy to the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film currently in production, and abundant other distinctions.  Mr. Uslan is the author of his memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman published by Chronicle Books, and the SCFEO will have a limited number of autographed copies of the book available at the November 12th event.

    Additionally, Mr. Uslan was the executive producer on one of 2013's biggest box office hits, "The Lego Movie", he was the first college instructor to teach an accredited course on comic book folklore at any university, he has won the daytime Emmy Award for outstanding children's animated programming, and much more.  

    Please plan to join the SCFEO for this exceptional guest's appearance, clips of various projects followed by discussion, an audience Q&A, and other interesting aspects of
    Mr. Uslan's impressive and broad spectrum career.


    Ringling College of Art and Design

    Academic Center Auditorium

    2700 N. Tamiami Trail

    Sarasota, FL 34234



    Special Thanks to our event Sponsors!

    For more information please contact Tina Shumway at 941-309-120 X 104 or

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  • 11/10/14

    Come to USF Sarasota-Manatee 5:30PM December 17th and enjoy a "Conversation With Kelly Wright" notable worldwide newscaster who has been inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College for his “Beyond the Dream” lecture series and television program. Kelly Wright is an Emmy-winning news anchor and been “boots on the ground” doing coverage from Iraq, Africa, London and Paris, to The White House, Pentagon, and so much in between. Mr. Wright has personally interviewed major public figures, from President Obama when he was a Senator to First Lady Laura Bush, Muhammad Ali to John Travolta, O.J. Simpson to Nick Jonas. So diverse in his experience! Plus, he is an author, a recording artist and an ordained minister, who is focused on motivating, inspiring and promoting hope! With the elections being just over a month done when Mr. Wright appears in Sarasota, THAT too should engender some interesting conversation and dialogue! DON'T MISS IT -- Mark your calendars now and watch for the EMAIL "SAVE THE DATE" soon!

  • 11/09/14
  • HURRY! DORITOS DEADLINE NOVEMBER 9TH If you're planning an entry for 'CRASH THE SUPERBOWL" by creating a video commercial, hurry hurry hurry -- the deadline for submissions is November 9th! Let's see someone from our region WIN! Hurray!
  • 11/04/14
  • Reality Production Seeking Private SWAMP

    Reality TV Show seeking private SWAMP with trees. Must have tree's located around the area. Be willing for the project to be on site for 6 days. Location to park 2 RV's close by. Willing location will receive a location fee. If you are interested please contact the film commission office at or 941-309-1200 x 104.

  • 11/04/14
  • Screening Locally Shot Film - Sex Ed With Haley Joel Osment

    Screening of Sex Ed - featured on The Today Show, E! News, Entertainment Tonight, USA Today and 175 other publications in the last month.  Join us in Tampa Nov 8th or catch a screening in Orlando or Miami. 

    Tampa Special Event info

    Additional info


    Link to SEX ED trailer:

    Link to Buy Tampa Tickets (on sale now, including the Nov 8 special event)

    Link for Orlando/Miami Tickets (goes on sale Mon or Tues)

  • 11/04/14
  • WANT $20,000? A&E Networks wants YOUR reality pitch!

    DEADLINE 12/05...DEADLINE 12/05...UP-TO-$20,000 EACH AWARD GIVEN... The Realscreen Summit is partnering with A+E Networks-owned U.S. cable network FYI to launch the FYI Development Lab Contest, awarding a series of development deals of up to US$20,000 each for up-and-coming producers. Producers interested in applying for the contest must submit a two- to five-minute video pitch and a series paper pitch, along with a two- to five-minute video sample of their company’s work. “The Realscreen Summit has always been a goldmine for discovering new creative talent,” said Gena McCarthy, senior VP of programming for FYI, in a statement. “FYI looks forward to tapping the next generation of hitmakers in this Development Lab, and to finding unique, breakthrough concepts and producers.” Submissions should be uploaded via Entry guidelines and content criteria are also available at that link, and the deadline for submissions is December 5, 2014. Five winners will be selected and named at a special session at the Realscreen Summit on January 28, 2015. Tags: FYI, FYI Development Lab Contest, Gena McCarthy, pitch competitions, realscreen, Realscreen Summit, Realscreen Summit 2015 Read more:

  • 11/03/14
  • The Lucky 6 at the Eugene Film Festival.

    Following on the heals of a successful screening at the Louisville International Festival of Films, "THE LUCKY 6" is being shown this weekend at the Eugene International Film Festival. It is the closing 'afternoon' film on Sunday, November 9th, at 5:00 p.m.  If you have friends, relatives in Oregon, please let them know it is an opportunity "The Lucky 6," shot entirely in Sarasota and Longboat Key, on the big screen.  More details can be found at

  • 10/31/14
  • Catol Prokap Presents Upcoming Events



  • 10/24/14
  • Insipration Film Festival 2015

    January 15-17, 2015 / Lakewood Ranch Florida

    This Year's theme is Heroes & Villains.

    $5,000. Top Prize Now seeking submissions.

    Hosted By Inpiration Academy

  • 10/20/14
  • Pot Luck Indy Screening

    Pot Luck the Movie will be screening at Burns Court downtown on 11/1 and 11/2 at 11:30 am and at LWR BC on Monday 11/3 at 11 am.

    Tickets $5.00 



    Educational Indy Film with interviews and a mission for educating it's viewers.


  • 10/07/14
  • Casting Call Actors Needed!

    Hermitage composer Eve Beglarian was named by the New York Times as the brightest light in the New Music Scene in New York.  Eve and collaborator Ruthie Stevens are coming to Sarasota to workshop a new music theater piece.  The playbill breakdown of characters needed is here:  A great opportunity for Sarasota based actors/actresses!

    Patricia Caswell
    Co-Founder & Program Director
    The Hermitage Artist Retreat
    (941) 374-4107

  • 09/17/14

    The Method Actor's Wife - Casting


    Denise Gringy
    A 30-40 Year old female who is determined to win the upcoming election for Governor, While she is usually supportive of her husband, the stress of her campaign has made her lose sight of the fun-loving relationship they once shared.

    Alan Gringy
    A 30-40 year old male; jovial, light-hearted guy and dedicated method actor, trying to find his next big role. He 's no stranger ot a decent gig, but lately he's been going through a dry spell, and is growing more and more desperate to get out of his rut.

    Shooting Dates 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25
    Call Taz Thompson at (941) 228-8066 or



  • 09/12/14
  • Asolo Rep To Host Auditions for Children's Roles

    Asolo Rep to Host Auditions for Children's Roles
    in Upcoming Production of South Pacific
    Asolo Repertory Theatre will host auditions for two child roles for its upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific.
    Roles available for children in South Pacific – seeking four children (2 boys, 2 girls) to alternate in the roles.
    All children auditioning should be between the ages of 7 and 12.
    [NGANA] – Sweet and youthful, an innocent girl. Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Latina,
    or Native American.
    [JEROME] – Playful and energetic boy. Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Latino, or Native

    Rehearsals begin mid-October and the show runs November 11 – December 28, 2014.

    Monday, September 22, 2014 from 4 to 7pm

    The Allen Studio
    Asolo Rep – 2nd Floor
    5555 N. Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL 34243

    To make an appointment, please send an email with the preferred audition time, your name, name of the child/children auditioning, and a contact phone number. You will receive confirmation of your child’s appointment via email.

    Please bring 1 copy of picture and résumé (if they have one), glued or stapled together. Please bring sheet music for the accompanist (auditioning children need only sing 16 bars of their chosen song).

    For more information about Asolo Rep and its 2014-15 season, visit

  • 09/10/14
  • USF Free Celebrity Event






  • 08/28/14
  • Casting Call - Voiceover

    Voiceover narrator is needed for short (approx. 2 minutes screentime) animated movie.

    This is a paying job and will be recorded in Sarasota. The voice must sound like that of a boy about 10 to 12 years old, although the performer does not actually have to be a pre-adolescent child.

    For details, please go on-line to and select the "Casting Call" button on screen.

  • 08/28/14
  • Casting Call - Over 30 Local Producitons Casting

    For more details please see Ringling College's link below.


  • 08/22/14
  • Casting Call - Ringling Student Film

    Fausta – General Casting Information

    A Ringling College of Art & Design Digital Filmmaking Student Production

    Shooting dates: Sept 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

    Unpaid. Meals provided. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated.

    If interested in auditioning, please email headshot and resume to


    The story follows Fausta, a teenage girl who is growing up and growing bored of living in a tiny motel room with her overprotective mother Celia. Fausta's mother Celia wears enough makeup for five women and has a date almost every night. Fausta yearns for adventure and normalcy, while her mother insists that she stay in the safety of the motel and away from trouble while her mother is gone. When Fausta's dreamy crush Adam invites her to a nighttime get together, she can't resist the opportunity to escape from motel life and her mother's antics for one evening.

    FAUSTA (ages 14-17)

    Fausta is a spunky, slightly shy teenage girl that is ready to start her own adventure in life, rather than having her mother control her every move. Fausta wants so much more than her mother has planned for her in their motel home. 

    CELIA (ages 30-45)

    Celia wears clothes from the junior’s department and enough makeup for five women. Although she thinks she’s just a date away from finding the right guy, her tactics bring home complete losers. Celia is in denial that Fausta is growing into her own woman.

    BOB (ages 30-45)

    Bob one of Celia’s many boyfriends. He’s a dishonest, sleazy guy with sleazy intentions. Celia sees right past this, however, because he sued a pizza company for stealing his pizza cutter invention. No one knows if this is actually true.

    ADAM (ages 14-17)

    Adam is an aloof and shallow guy. He goes to the same school as Fausta. He plays in the school orchestra and spends most of his time doing whatever it is that cool high school kids do these days. Fausta is not his kind of girl.

    EMMA (ages 14-17)

    Emma is a competitive, gossipy kind of girl. She has a huge thing for Adam, who occasionally flirts back with her. She also goes to the same school. She doesn’t know who Fausta is because she refuses to associate with anyone outside of her clique.


  • 08/19/14
  • Sarasota Medival Fair Casting Call


    For immediate release

    Open Casting Call for Annual Medieval Fair at Ringling Woods behind the Fairgrounds  

    Locals are encouraged to try out for the Sarasota Medieval Fair  

     Sarasota, FL (August 19, 2014) --  Professionals, amateurs, teens, adults and your next door neighbor are encouraged to try out for the 11th annual Sarasota Medieval Fair at Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds this weekend for improve, chessmatch and royal characters.   After last year’s record breaking crowds, the Sarasota Medieval Fair plans on going bigger and with that – a need for more players. 


    All ages are encouraged to get involved and participate in the open auditions where characters will be chosen to play various characters involved with this year’s theme, “Battle of Lechfeld” featuring both German and Hungarians.  No experience required, as rehearsals will involve improve training, staged combat classes, dialect lessons and history refreshers of the time period.  

     “Every year we see new faces that begin as shy flowers, but later shine as a stronger player with this festival,” says artistic director Dean Bowden of Sarasota.  “As a veteran of the festival, I remember trying out when I was 13 years old and now I can say I’ve fought with a sword, joust with two troupes, have fallen off towers, and met my wife.  So, no one knows what to expect.” Bowden remembers the beginning of the festival with Croteau Productions and smiles as he thinks how the cast has expanded with families, young people and friends.  

     The Sarasota Medieval Fair will hold auditions on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24th at 11:30am.  Independent performers are encouraged to contact the Artistic Director to make audition appointments between 9am -11:00am either morning.  For those interested in sword swinging, a second audition is required at 2:00pm.  Only one day is required for auditions.  Dean Bowden can be contacted by email at .  Further audition information and forms are available on the festival website under “Join the Fun”.  

     The 11th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair will be held November 8-9, 15-16, & 23-24, 2014 from 10am - 6pm rain or shine.  Visit the website for further details on the upcoming festival or call Toll-Free: 1-888-303-FAIR(3247).    CONTACT:  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)   SPONSORSHIP:  If you would like to consider sponsoring the 2014 Sarasota Medieval Fair, opportunities are available in both cash and in-kind trade.  Please contact our Marketing Coordinator at

    Shannon Bowden
    Marketing Coordinator
    Sarasota Medieval Fair, Inc.
    P.O. Box 152023
    Cape Coral, FL. 33915
    (941) 266-0747 (Cellphone)
    Toll-Free: 1-888-303-FAIR(3247)

  • 08/18/14
  • A conversatoin with Julie Weiss...

    The Digital Filmmaking Department of Ringling College of Art and Design presents a conversation with Julie Weiss, Costume Designer. August 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Academic Center Auditorium. Also there will be a screening of “American Beauty”, 8/20/14 at 7:00 p.m., Academic Center Auditorium and “Freda”, 8/21/14, 7:00 p.m., Goldstein Center 103. For more information please see attached or contact RCAD.Ms. Weiss's visit is made possible by a grant from the academy of motion picure arts and sciences.


    Julie Weiss Biography

  • 08/11/14
  • Production Community Notice - Loss of a communtiy member.

    A note for our production community. We were informed last week that a member of that community passed away. We have some updated informaiton to share. See Below.  Our thoughts go out to his beautiful wife Denise and his family.

    Scott Ciencin

    It is with deepest regret that we must inform Scott's many fans that he died on August 5, 2014 of a blood clot to the brain. He was only 51 and will be greatly missed by his wife, family, friends and all his fans. 

    There will be a memorial service: Please note location:

    Please join us Friday August 15th from 11:30a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the celebration of Scott Ciencin’s life.

    The celebration will take place at the GreyHawk Landing Club House located at 1400 GreyHawk Blvd Bradenton, Florida 34212

    In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to contribute to the Scott Ciencin memorial fund.

    Scott Ciencin was a New York Times best-selling novelist of 90+ books from Simon & Schuster, Random House, Scholastic, Harper and many more. He had also written comic books, screenplays, and worked on video games. He lived in Sarasota, FL with his beloved wife (and sometimes co-author) Denise.  

  • 08/06/14
  • Interested in Voice Over work.

    Thursday, August 28 6-9:30 the HUB. A 3 1⁄2 hour class designed for those who have no previous experience with voiceover work – an opportunity to participate in a studio workshop that affords you the chance to “try it out” for yourself and see how comfortable you are in the environment without any commitment to further instruction.

  • 08/05/14
  • TV AD Contest

    July 31, 2014


    TripAdvisor Announces Its First TV Ad Contest Tapping Travelers For Their Take On TripAdvisor's TV Commercials

    Contest Calls for Short Video Entries in the Spirit of TripAdvisor's "Don't Just Visit" Ads for a Chance to Win $25,000 and Have their Commercial on TV

    NEWTON, Mass., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the launch of the TripAdvisor TV Ad Contest, its first-ever user-generated ad contest.  Everyone from video amateurs to filmmakers is encouraged to submit a short video in the spirit of TripAdvisor's "Don't Just Visit" commercials between Friday, August 1 and Sunday, August 31. The contest winner will earn a grand prize of $25,000 and a chance to see their ad air on television. TripAdvisor will also award five runner-up prizes of $1,000 with winning videos shared on TripAdvisor social media channels.

    TripAdvisor Logo.

    The TripAdvisor "Don't Just Visit" ads, launched in May, showcase the benefits of using TripAdvisor for travel planning and what can go wrong when it's not used. As a user-generated travel site, it is a natural extension for TripAdvisor to engage its community - allowing travelers to share their own experiences through personal versions of the ads.

    "No one knows better than our community of millions of travelers how TripAdvisor makes a vacation great," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. "Travelers love sharing their experiences on TripAdvisor, so we're excited to get their take on our 'Don't Just Visit' ads by asking them to share their travel stories in a creative new way, with one winning story to air on TV."

    The TV ad contest will allow travelers to submit short videos that can be turned into a 15 or 30 second TV ad.  Submissions will be accepted in lengths of 11 or 26 seconds, in order to leave time for the four second ending.

    U.S., France and Australia residents 18 and above are eligible to enter the contest, which are markets where the TripAdvisor "Don't Just Visit" ads launched. The grand prize and five runner-ups will be announced in mid-September. 

    Additional details for the TripAdvisor TV ad contest and examples of the "Don't Just Visit" commercials can be found at:

    About TripAdvisor
    TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools.TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 280 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 170 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 43 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisorfor Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 23 other travel media,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

    *Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, Q1 2014

    **Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q2 2014; does not include traff

  • 07/30/14


    Media Contact:

    Magida Diouri


    Burns Court Cinemas, Friday, August 22, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.

    Scheduled to be held at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota, on Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24, the fourth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival will celebrate diversity in the LGBT community with 3 days of the best in world cinema.  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, will be available on starting Wednesday, July 30, and at Burns Court Cinemas on the days of the festival.

    Correction: New Opening Night Film - BLACKBIRD

    Films scheduled are BLACKBIRD presented by Watermark Media, the festival opens with an adaptation from Larry Duplechan’s beloved novel of the same name, starring Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington.  BLACKBIRD follows high school choirboy Randy (newcomer Julian Walker) who finds himself in a non-traditional production of Romeo & Juliet, a potential love interest, and a reconciliation with his long-absent father during a momentous semester. In the dry comedy, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR by writer, director and Sundance darling Desiree Akhavan, we follow a semi-closeted bisexual Persian American trying to live up to her family’s ideals and traditions while going through a breakup, navigating Brooklyn’s dating scene with both men and women, and figuring out what to do with the rest of her life.  BORN TO FLY illustrates what happens when you cross postmodern dance with Evel Knievel.  This intimate portrait makes it clear, you get New York choreographer Elizabeth Streb, a Mac Arthur “genius” grant recipient, whose Extreme Action Company draws on both sources to craft a unique style of high-flying, high-impact, dare-all contemporary dance.  BOY MEETS GIRL is a sexy, funny and provocative coming of age comedy about three twenty something living in Kentucky, Robby, Francesca and Ricky, a gorgeous transgender woman. This romantic comedy vividly captures the giddy excitement, sexual heat, and inherent heartache of “non-traditional” love in a small town.  THE CIRCLE seamlessly combines a narrative with a documentary love story.  The Circle is the astounding true tale of Switzerland’s 1940s–1960s magazine of that name—and the network of friends and lovers that formed around it, becoming one of the world’s first homophile societies, a 2014 Teddy Award winner.  CUPCAKES,  the latest by award winning Eytan Fox, is a campy, comic confection telling a tale of six friends who unexpectedly find themselves representing Israel in a Eurovision-style international song contest.  It’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!  QUEERITUALITY is Tom Murray’s last film, one of our own boy wonder who left us too soon, 4 years ago.  Gaylon Emerzian from Chicago is actively completing the editing.  This last film was a labor of love for Tom who throughout his films had always been spiritually inquiring.  It is a great honor to present his last film as a world premiere and to conclude his beautiful cinematographic journey where he started it years ago.  TO BE TAKEI celebrates the Star Trek legend, the marriage-equality advocate, the spokesperson for Japanese Americans imprisoned in internment camps during World War II and the Facebook phenomenon (with nearly 7 million fans).  THE WAY HE LOOKS is a warm and funny film about teenage love and friendship, telling the story of a blind boy named Leo, his BFF, Giovana and the new kid in school whom they both develop a crush on. Each one of the short films will precede a feature length film: BARRIO BOY, DINNER AT 40, FIRST CLUE, A LAST FAREWELL, ONE NIGHT STAND, SECRETS & TOYS and WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

     Sarasota Film Society, Watermark Media, Janice & John Shelton, Embracing Our Differences, Planned Parenthood, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota, RCMoore Construction, Theodore A. Gollnick, PA, Throb, Ken Shelin, Chapter 1 Wellness and Wolfe on Demand are among the Fabulous IFF sponsors making this festival a reality.  M.A.D.E., Throb and Caragiulo’s are our hosting sponsors.  The complete list of sponsors is featured on the Fabulous IFF web site,

     The Fabulous Independent Film Festival

     Burns Court Cinemas (506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, FL 34236)

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    7:30 PM  Watermark Media presents BLACKBIRD ( USA, 99 min.)


    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    1:15 PM  BORN TO FLY (USA, 82 min.) preceded by FIRST CLUE (USA, 6 min.)

    3:15 PM  THE CIRCLE (Der Kreis) (Switzerland, in german with english subtitles 102 min.) preceded by A LAST FAREWELL (Sweden,  in swedish with english subtitles, 12 min.)

    5:45 PM  BOY MEETS GIRL (USA, 95 min.) preceded by FAIT PAS GENRE (Who Do You Think You Are?) (France, in french with english subtitles, 6 min.)

    8:00 PM  World Premiere QUEERITUALITY (USA, 90 min.) preceded by BARRIO BOY (USA, 6 min.)

     Sunday, August 24, 2014

    1:15 PM  THE WAY HE LOOKS ( Brazil, in portuguese with english subtitles, 96 min.) 

    3:15 PM  APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (USA, 83min.) preceded by ONE NIGHT STAND (USA, 5 min.)

    5:15 PM  TO BE TAKEI (USA, 90 min.) preceded by SECRETS AND TOYS (USA, 12min.)

    7:30 PM  CUPCAKES (Bananot) (Israel, in hebrew with English subtitles 90 min.) Closing Night Film, preceded by DINNER AT 40 (USA, 18 min.)

    Opening Night Cocktail Party

    M.A.D.E. (1990 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236)

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    9:30 PM

    Opening Night Dance Party

    THROB (2201 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236)

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    11 PM

    Closing Night Reception

    CARAGIULOS (69 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236)

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    9:30 PM 

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

  • 07/15/14
  • SPIRIT VOICES FROM OLD MANATEE-Audition dates & notes

    Manatee County - Audition dates for this outdoor drama under the ARTS OPPORTUNITIES or AUDITIONS section of the  website and add our Face Book address: or website:  or phone number: (941) 741-4076 for more information.





  • 07/15/14
  • Production Community Notice- Kickstarter

  • 07/10/14
  • Costume Assistant Needed

    If you are interested in getting some experience working with a talented Costume Desginer on a local Indie Film Project. A volunteer is needed. Please contact Shaun Greenspan, Tri Force Pictures at

  • 07/09/14
  • Production Community Notice- Among Ravens

    ·         Local ConnectionActor Castille Landon was born in Sarasota and raised in Bradenton.  Local Producer Dori Sperko brought the writer/director of Among Ravens to Bradenton and Sarasota to film his next feature, the thriller Wind Walkers, coming Spring 2015.

     AMONG RAVENS is sort of The Big Chill meets Little Miss Sunshine.  The film explores the lives of a privileged cast of characters who seem to “have it all”, but are living behind facades of perfection and happiness.  Into this idyllic world comes Chad, a strange and beautifully odd character,  in whose presence their dark secrets begin to surface.  Naturally, they blame Chad and turn on him.  All of this is seen through the eyes of a 10 year old girl who befriends Chad.  But is he as innocent as he seems?


    • Friday July 18 –  AMC Veterans in Tampa.  Starts around 7 pm (check for local show times, week of).  Tix not yet on sale.  Showing all week, but Dori & Castille will do meet and greet on July 18 evening show.


    ·       Thurs July 31Carmike Royal Palm 20 for Bradenton/Sarasotatix available NOW at   Dori & Castille will do meet & greet.

     OUT OF TOWN?  It’s available NOW as a pre-order on iTunes, but I think it’s a little cheaper if you wait until the July 18 release date.  Should also be on Premium VOD on July 18. 


  • 07/09/14
  • Casting Call - "Joshua"

    Production Community Notice:

    Casting Call "Joshua"

    Triple Knot Productions is looking for special talent in our new production of "Joshua". We are looking for unique individuals to help carry the role of a few supporting characters.

    "Joshua" is being produced with the intent to be submitted with two goals in mind. Our first goal is to submit it to "Project Greenlight" that has a deadline of August 8th, 2014. The second goal is to distribute the project nationally to be part of our "Think Twice" campaign that has thought -provoking messages.

    Female: Age 35-45, white, attractive, must be willing to show deep emotion, anger, and frustration.

    Male: Age 35-60, white, bald, goatee, beard, tattoos preferred. This actor will be playing the stereotypical prisoner that is the terror on his cell block.

    Female: Age 13-18, mixed-race, attractive, must be willing to portray herself, cold, but hurt and yet angry.

    Male: Age 1-3, mixed-race, cute baby

    Submit All Headshots and demo links to

    Shooting locations will be in Tampa and Orlando.

  • 07/03/14
  • Annual Improv Festival

    Next Weekend July 11th & 12th -Please see link for details.

  • 07/03/14
  • Production Community Notice

    FYI, to our countywide production community, all filmmaking professionals and those that want to become professionals:  Please see this article and remember the terrible cost of human life that this “Guerilla Filmmaking” decision caused.    This legal consequence may potentially be a precedent setting situation that impacts projects across the nation:  .  Rules, regulations and permits serve an important purpose and our film commission will always try to help with information about those processes in Sarasota County, so please don’t hesitate to call us.  (941) 309-1200 ext. 104

  • 06/19/14
  • Young Filmmaker-Editor Needed ASAP

    An individual is looking for a young person w/moxie & own equipment to put a reel together. Need to shoot & edit some existing footage & looking for a web designer.  Ideal candidate is probably a film student on summer break or Ringling student.  Needed ASAP

    Resumes to:

  • 06/10/14
  • Venice Theatre Presents

    THE DESTINATION - aactWorldfest

    - Monday June 16 - Saturday June 21.

    aactWorld Fest2014

    A world-wide week-long community threatre festival happening June 16-21, 2014 in Venice.

    Performances, Workshops, Fellowship

    Who can attend? Anyone with a love of theatre! You'll have the time of your life at this festival.

    To register or for more information 941-488-1115



  • 06/04/14
  • Film Florida Elects 2014-2015 Officers: Jeanne Corcoran named Vice Chair.



    For Immediate Release
    Tuesday, June 3, 2014  


    June 3, 2014 - Michelle Hillery, the Deputy Film Commissioner for the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission (FTC), has been named President of Film Florida. It was announced at the annual Film Florida meeting at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL.

    "Michelle has built an outstanding reputation as a business executive with a proven track record for teamwork and collaboration," said Palm Beach County Film Commissioner Chuck Elderd. "Her passion for the entertainment business, combined with her creativity and vision, will be a tremendous asset to Film Florida, and I'm very pleased she was elected."

    Said Hillery: "It is a great honor to be named as the next President of Film Florida. I am hugely excited by the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to working with the incoming leadership such as Sen. Andy Gardiner and Rep. Steve Crisafulli in the Florida Senate and House on creating more jobs for Floridians."

    As Deputy Film Commissioner for the FTC, Hillery is responsible for the development and implementation of the FTC's contracts, marketing program, budget analysis, audit, public relation efforts, website coordination, and the Internship Program. Hillery is also responsible for the oversight of an annual Office of Economic Sustainability contract and programs relating to education including the Palm Beach International Film Festival's Student Showcase of Films.

    Additionally, she has worked with feature films such as Bad Boys II, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; HeartBreakers, starring Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman and Ray Liotta; In Her Shoes, starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and  Shirley MacLaine; Parker starring Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham; independent films such as Hitters Anonymous staring Linda Blair, Clint Howard and Steven Bauer; Boynton Beach Bereavement Club, starring Joseph Bologna, Dyan Cannon and Sally Kellerman; music videos Its 5 Five O'Clock Somewhere, staring Alan Jackson as well as Celine Dion's A New Day Has Come with Jimmy Buffett.

    Under Hillery's leadership, the FTC has been recognized with some of the industry's most prestigious awards including a gold Addy Award and a Telly Award. She also sits as an advisor on several boards including the Film & Television Institute and Palm Beach Gardens Five Star Magnet Program.

    The other Executive Board officers elected are:

    1st Vice President - Judson C. French, Jr., Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (Education Council)
    2nd Vice President - Kelly Paige, Level Talent Agency (Industry Council)
    Secretary - Herta Suarez, SAG-AFTRA (Labor Council)
    Treasurer - John Lux, IDEAS (Industry Council)
    At Large - Sheena Fowler, Women in Film and Television - Florida (Associations Council)
    Immediate Past President - Leah Sokolowsky, Teamsters Local 769 (Labor Council)

    Additional board members include the Film Commission Council: Dale Gordon, Tampa/Hillsborough County Film & Digital Media Commission - Chair; Jeanne Corcoran, Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office - Vice Chair; Bonnie King, Space Coast Film Commission - Secretary; and Alternates: Debbie Miehls, Bradenton Area Film Commission; and Jerry Jones, Charlotte Harbor Florida Film Office.

    The Association Council elected Richard Seres, AICP Florida - Chair; and Thomas Mitchell, FMPTA - Vice-Chair.

    The Education Council elected Lucia Fishburne, Florida State University College of Communication & Information - Chair; David Jaffe, Lynn University - Vice Chair; and Ralph Clemente, Valencia College - Secretary.

    The Industry Council elected Dawson Peden, Cineverse Miami - Chair; and James Stamatis, Telemundo - Vice-Chair.

    Herta Suarez, SAG-AFTRA; and Leah Sokolowsky, representing Teamsters Local 769 will continue to represent Labor Council on the Film Florida Executive Board as Secretary and Immediate Past President respectively.

    # # #


    Michelle Hillery,,  561.233.1000
    Christy Tricoli,, 407.947.3086 


    © 2014 Film Florida - All rights reserved.

  • 06/04/14
  • "The Last Five Years" Theatrical Production this weekend.

    Little Grey Hat Productions Presents "The Last Five Years" by Jason Robert Brown is a beautiful, intensely personal musical about the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.

    A successful writer named Jamie meets an ambitious actress named Cathy, and through songs and scenes they unravel the story of their life together. What makes this show so unique is the way it is told: Jamie is travelling forwards in time, from their first date to the day of their separation, but Cathy is travelling backwards within the same time frame. The award-winning musical was made into a movie this year starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

    Little Grey Hat Productions LLC is proud to make this our first show, and will be presenting it in numerous locations in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, throughout Summer 2014.
    For Tickets and Information go to:

    To reserve tickets, call:
    Home Resource

    The Broadway Bar
    1001 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    June 6th, 7th, 8th - 8pm
    June 7th - 2pm
    $15.00 each
    (941) 953-4343

    The South Florida Museum
    201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    June 21st - 9pm
    $15.00 each
    (941) 746-4131, ext. 31

    Backstage at The Players Theater
    838 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    July 26th - 8pm
    July 27th - 2pm
    $20.00 each
    (941) 365-2494

  • 06/03/14
  • Are you a singer? Try out for Country Idol at The White Buffalo Saloon

    Qualifications Begin June 18th 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Register on Site

    *Must have quality Back Track Music (cd or flash drive MP3)

    *16 years of age and up (All participating under 18 must have parental consent and signature)


  • 05/29/14
  • Attn: Film Lovers - Newly Established SRQ Independent Films Presents

    "SRQ Independent Films was established to give Sarasota film lovers the thrill of watching locally produced movies in the comfort of their homes. What could be more exciting than to see nail biting drama or outrageous comedy taking place in locations that we all know so well?  Chances are you'll even see someone you recognize.  "It's no surprise that in a community like Sarasota we have some world-class artists, and that includes film makers" says Mark Troy, SRQ's founder.  "Isn't it great to discover jewels right in your own back yard?"

    To watch the best of locally produced films for free, simply "Like" the SRQ Films Facebook page, here:



  • 05/28/14
  • 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
    source thanks: Anything

  • 05/27/14


    Ryan Justice posted in Ringling College of Art + Design - Digital Filmmaking

    Campus MovieFest has launched an amazing new opportunity to find the best Animation, Special Effects, Character Illustration and Music Composition students out there!

    One lucky student in each of the 4 categories will win a weeklong animation experience shadowing at FOX Animation Domination High-Def Studios in Hollywood to learn from their top animators! And thanks to Adobe, one winner will even win the grand prize of $5,000 USD to bring their own creations to life! Your entry could even get featured by FOX Animation Domination High-Def, Adobe, the ShortsHD TV channel, and/or in-flight on Virgin America!

    But first, our judges will have to deem your portfolio piece worthy – including David Silverman, known for directing The Simpsons Movie and Monsters, Inc. Additional judges include Adobe’s Dan Cowles, FOX Animation Domination High-Def execs Nick Weidenfeld, Hend Baghdady, and Ben Jones.

    Submit your original work online at before June 2, 2014!


  • 05/20/14
  • Grant Opportunity

    The Film Grant Where You Win Even If You Lose

    The deadline for the Roy W. Dean Summer Grant is June 30th, 2014. If you win, you get $2,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film goods and services to help complete your project. Donors include many major industry companies like Edgewise Media, Lightning Dubs and many talented editors, colorists, etc.

    But, if you don' t win, you still end up ahead. Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation from Carole Dean, founder of the grant, head of the non-profit film fiscal sponsor From The Heart Productions, and author of the Second Edition of the bestselling- book, ' The Art of Film Funding' . She has 20 years experience judging films, mentoring filmmakers, and is also a fiscal sponsor for many other films.

    Application and guidelines are on "We want films that are unique and make a contribution to society, docs, shorts and features are accepted."


    Thank you for your time,

    Kris Blackburn

    From the Heart Productions

  • 05/15/14
  • Casting Call - From the Producers of Tobacco Wars- Reality TV Show Opportunity

    In Trouble Zone Productions:
    The producers of "Tobacco Wars" (CMT) are casting for their new reality TV Shows Now! They are looking for family owned and operated businesses.

    Is your business a Realuty TV Show?
    Do you have a cast of Characters?
    Do you have the drama?


    "We sold 719 cars in one month and broke the world record for most used cars sold. ITZ is the most creative marketing team in the country."
    John Marazzi, owner, Brandon Honda, Florida

    "I received 25 calls a day every day my TV show ran."
    Jerry Webster, owner, Source One Credit Repair, Naples, Florida

    "Our place was packed, I had a line out the door. Reality TV is the future of advertising.""

    For more information contact



    Chuck Ardezzone


    (917) 375-6527

    Chuck Ortino, owner, Pete-zza, Bonita Springs, Florida

  • 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











  • 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: 


  • 00/00/00
  • HURRY! DORITOS DEADLINE NOVEMBER 9TH If you're planning an entry for 'CRASH THE SUPERBOWL" by creating a video commercial, hurry hurry hurry -- the deadline for submissions is November 9th! Let's see someone from our region WIN! Hurray!


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