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SRQ DAILY Apr 10, 2017

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"Work continues to get better and more interesting for me."

- Diane Lane

[Festival]  Sarasota Film Awards Brighten Future for Winners
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Top influencers in the world of independent film spent the past week on the Gulf Coast deliberating on the competition movies programmed at the Sarasota Film Festival. On the same evening that festival organizers handed a pre-announced award for Cinematic Excellence to actress Diane Lane, jurors also celebrated John Tengrave’s The Wound as winner of the Narrative Feature Competition, Firas Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo as winner in the Documentary Feature Competition and Mike Ott’s California Dreams in the Independent Visions Competition.

A Closing Ceremony to the film festival brought together more stars than have shared a stage on a single night for the festival in years. Actress/director Aisha Tyler, actor/producer Stanley Tucci and retired NBA player and documentary subject Kenny Anderson all walked a red carpet to the Sarasota Opera House, where actress Rosanna Arquette enthusiastically handed Lane her award. “She really is the greatest actress we have going on screen today,” Arquette said. 

Lane accepted the award and participated in a Q&A after the Closing Night Film Paris Can Wait, which opens in theaters nationwide in May. “Work continues to get better and more interesting for me,” Lane told the crowd at the Sarasota Opera House. Lane appears in nearly every scene of Paris Can Wait, a film directed by Eleanor Coppola.

For the smaller films honored by the festival, the recognition could mean a great deal financially as directors seek a broader audience. Documentary juror Amy Berg, an accomplished director herself with such films as Deliver Us From Evil, said Last Men in Aleppo could prove to be one of the most important nonfiction films this year.

Narrative juror David Edelstein, film critic for New York magazine, walked into the Opera House with a leather briefcase full of award winners. On stage, he joked about the depressing fare of independent film subjects, but stressed that The Wound spotlighted an important subject matter on the brutal way some primitive cultures mutilate themselves to prove their masculinity. The Narrative award at the festival this year came with more than a trophy; Sam Slater of Burn Later Productions awarded filmmakers with a $5,000 prize.

And Matt Grady of Factory 25 offered the Independent Visions winner with a distribution deal, something the independent film distributor has done for the past six years. “This year had by far the best programmed selection in this competition,” Grady told SRQ before the ceremony. “For me, it’s great to come down here and meet the young filmmakers and discover these films.” 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan: Diane Lane accepts The Sarasota Film Festival Award for Cinematic Excellence.

Read more coverage at SRQ Backlot.

[Exec Moves]  Next-Mark Welcomes Castro and Hoevenaar

Sarasota-based communications agency Next-Mark has announced recent staff additions and promotions. Laura Castro, the company’s new manager of client experience, comes to Next-Mark from University of Florida (UF) Health in Gainesville, where she served as communications coordinator. Castro, who has a BS in Public Relations from UF, oversees and guides client campaigns for Next-Mark. Ryan Hoevenaar joins the Next-Mark team as its manager of creative and digital content, following a successful career as a freelance graphic designer. Hoevenaar, who has a BS in Graphic Design/Multi-Media from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, is also an artist whose works have been displayed throughout the country.Staff members recently promoted at Next Mark are Austen Legler, now senior manager of client experience, and Alissa Moore, manager of brand and design. 


[Synergy]  Goodwill, Girl Scouts Team Up for Leadership Experience

Goodwill Manasota and Girls Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida are teaming up for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a community project with the goal of honoring veterans, inspiring patriotism and embracing freedom. Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) will participate in a variety of activities to earn leadership badges and a Legacy of Valor patch. Participating Girl Scouts will be linked to a woman veteran through the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Task Force. Through this mentorship, each girl will have the opportunity to learn first-hand the sacrifices that the veterans have made and how they have become leaders in the community. In addition, the girls will learn the proper protocol for honoring the flag, to respect the flag, follow the flag code and how to perform a flag retirement ceremony once it has become too worn or damaged to display. For a number of years, Goodwill Manasota has served as a drop-off center for those who want to respectfully donate their tattered and worn flags; the organization will provide additional services to help with the flag retirement ceremonies. The project will culminate with the third annual Salute to the Runway fashion show, which takes place July 14, 11:30am–1:30pm at Michael’s On East. The show will feature women veterans wearing fashionable creations made by Girl Scouts, using items found at local Goodwill stores. 

Goodwill Manasota

[Exec Moves]  Swift Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group

Realtor Jon Swift has joined the Sarasota office of RE/MAX Alliance Group. He was previously with Coldwell Banker.Driven by a passion for real estate and a desire to create a rewarding experience for his clients, Swift brings strong analytical skills, with a background in business consulting and a bachelor of science degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.RE/MAX Alliance Group is the #1 RE/MAX franchise in Florida for both transactions and sales volume. The company ranks #7 in the country and #15 in the world among RE/MAX offices, both based on transactions. With more than 300 agents and staff, RE/MAX Alliance Group offers residential and commercial real estate solutions throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, with offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, University Park, Venice, Siesta Key and Englewood. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[TODAY]  GALLERY: 2017 Best of Ringling Annual Juried Art Exhibitions , April 7 – April 22, 10am-4pm

The annual Best of Ringling juried exhibitions showcase the top art and design projects created by Ringling College students in every major.  Outstanding work has been selected by outside jurors and faculty members. All exhibitions will be open Monday through Saturday 10-4pm. Admission is free and for more information please visit www.ringling.edu/galleries#bestofringling

Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Sarasota Visual Arists Group Exhibition 9 Artists, 9 Days , April 7 – April 16

To celebrate the inaugural season of, Sarasota Visual Artists Studios, the 9 participating artists are pleased to present a group exhibition titled 9 Artists, 9 Days. Featuring a wide variety of mediums and subjects, this is the first time works of the 9 artists have exhibited together. Artists include: Bill Buchman, Duncan ChamberlainElena De La Ville, Jack Dowd, Tim JaegerJoseph Melancon, Tom StephensVicky Randall, and Dasha Reich. Weekly gallery hours are noon – 6pm Monday - Friday and by appointment on Sundays. For additional information please visit www.sarasotavisualartistsstudios.com

Sarasota Visual Arts Studios, 8131 Main St., Lakewood Ranch Unit 106

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Inherit the Wind , April 11 – April 30

By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

A sweeping, involving courtroom drama based on the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial.” Inherit the Wind won three Tony Awards for its fast-moving exploration of the Creationism vs. Evolution schism whose debate still rages today. Show times Tuesday-Saturday 8pm and Sunday 2pm. For ticket prices and for more information please visit there will not be a performance April 16 (Easter Sunday) https://venicestage.com/portfolio/inherit-the-wind/

Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz at Two - Bruce Wallace Quartet , April 12, 2pm

Special WEDNESDAY Jazz at Two with Bruce Wallace, bass; Marty Morrell, vibes; Richard "Stretch" Bruyn, piano; Ron Gregg, drums. Concert will feature a tribute by Marty Morell, a member of the Bill Evans Trio for seven years, to vibist Milt Jackson. For more information please visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events

Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Renesito , April 14, 6-8pm

Benefitting Royal Pet Rescue. Renesito compositions denote a broad conception of the sound of the Cuban Tres, in which he uses expressive resources of classical music, jazz and world music. Its roots lead him to recreate and develop melodies, rhythms, styles and rhythms of the Trova, the Changüí Nengón, the Conga, Rumba and Son Santiago, making a kind of journey through the different playing styles of the eastern country, mixed with the urban concept of Arsenio Rodríguez and Child River. For more information please visit www.realizebradenton.com

Bradenton Riverwalk , 452 W. 3rd. Ave., Bradenton

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails , April 14, 10am–5pm

Be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. 40,000 candy-filled eggs will be brought to the gardens. The egg hunt will begin at 11am, 12:20pm, and 2pm. Guests are asked to bring their own baskets and exciting activities will take place after the hunt. As always, guests will be able to enjoy up-close interactions with animals and nature. This is an event that you will not want to miss! For more information please visit www.sarasotajunglegardens.com

Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Relay For Life , April 15 – April 24

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community. Each year, more than 4 million Relay For Life participants around the world rally communities to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to fight back. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. The Relay For Life movement fuels the mission of the American Cancer Society, an organization that touches the lives of so many.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Radio Theater Live , April 17 – April 28

Return to the days of live radio theater as Powel and Gwendolyn Crosley host an evening of Radio Theater to promote their new radio station and the dramatic stories that they will be sending out over the airwaves. Music, mystery, and good old-fashioned promotion makes solid entertainment.

The Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Suncoast Climate Change Symposium , April 18, 5–7:30pm

Dr. Harold Wanless, a scientist at the University of Miami, will be at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to explain why sea levels are rising in Florida, and why our beaches are eroding so quickly. USFSM students will then show self produced videos with the theme "What does climate change mean to our generation?" Tickets are $15 for the general public and free for students with RSVP. For tickets, visit www.usfbdhclimatechange.com.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Stir it Up , April 19

Join the Friendship Centers in Sarasota for an evening of speed dating for 55+ singles. Enjoy beer, wine, treats, traditional speed dating and activities to help break the ice. The DJ will get you in the dancing mood after the speed dating too so tell your single buddies and gal pals to call and reserve your spot today.

The Friendship Centers in Sarasota, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236

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