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SRQ DAILY Aug 5, 2019

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"I have an affinity for this area for the quality of life, the same reason people move to Sarasota from all other industries."

- Tony Stopperan, Skyway Film Institute

[Film]  Skyway Film Institute Seeks To Capitalize Industry
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Tony Stopperan knows the limits of operating in Sarasota compared to Los Angeles. The film producer can’t set a meeting and just across town with a major studio in an hour. It takes time to make a project happen.

But with the Skyway Film Institute, an film finance and production company which leverages private equity investment into film projects for regional benefit, that Stopperan founded this year, he hopes to improve the ability for local professionals to bring their visions to the screen.

“As a regional, off-market producer, it takes a time commitment to develop a project,” he says. “But I have an affinity for this area for the quality of life, the same reason people move to Sarasota from all other industries.”

The Institute was born indirectly from Skyway Film Festival that took place in Manatee a few years ago. The company consults with film projects in a four-county region—Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas and Hillsborough.

The first major project connected to the Institute, I Saw a Man With Yellow Eyes starring Katherine Heigl and Harry Connick, Jr., ended up shooting in all four of those counties. The film was written and directed by Castille Landon, a recognizable actress with regional ties, and was shot over 21 days, with 100 percent of investment taking place here, including $82,000 in Sarasota County alone

Not every Institute-connected film will shoot here; Stopperan says two pending projects were conceived here but for creative or financial reasons will do much of their filming out of state. But the Skyway region will still serve as a sort of home base. As the area sees more soundstages and post-production facilities open, infrastructure long desired by film leaders in the area, there will be plenty of business opportunities even if the Florida terrain appears nowhere in a final movie cut.

And Stopperan at this point in his career can offer a fair amount of sage advice to filmmakers trying to make it.

His film resume boasts production credits for 10 finished or upcoming film and episodic projects, including executive producer lines of three shot in the area (The Lucky 6; Paradise, FL and I Saw a Man with Yellow Eyes). He also wrote and directed the film Draupadi Unleashed.

He boasts strong connections to such industry-critical institutions as Ringling College of Art and Design, where he worked at the time a film program launched there, and Film Florida, a state film commission where he served as vice chair for two years. 

[Healthcare]  Spinella Joins Intercoastal Medical Group

Board-certified Family Practice Physician Anthony J. Spinella, MD, has joined Intercoastal Medical Group at its Palmer Ranch location. For 25 years, Spinella was a podiatrist with a practice in Venice. He then attended medical school, receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree from International University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Spinella completed his residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Unity Point Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria. He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He is accepting new patients at Intercoastal Medical Group’s Palmer Ranch I location at 8592 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota. 

Intercoastal Medical Group

[Education]  Halfacre Construction Awarded Englewood Elementary Project

Lakewood Ranch-based Halfacre Construction Company was recently awarded the project to replace and add an approximately 14,000-square-foot building at Englewood Elementary School in Englewood. The new structure is currently in the design phase by Fawley Bryant Architecture, with the project projected to break ground in spring 2020. The current building No. 6 will be demolished after the replacement is completed. The newest structure will house classrooms and other educational spaces for elementary children. The approximately $5.5 million project will be phased to accommodate an active campus. Located at 150 North McCall Road in Englewood, the current campus consists of 12 buildings and four portables. 

Halfacre Construction Company

[Real Estate]  Adamovsky, Dubbs Join RE/MAX Alliance Group

Realtors Jennifer Adamovsky and Karin Dubbs have joined RE/MAX Alliance Group. Adamovsky has joined the Venice office as a member of Donna Palm & Associates, and Dubbs has joined the Englewood office.

A native of Venice and a 46-year resident of the area, Adamovsky brings a thorough knowledge of the market, deep community roots and a focus on customer service. She has a B.S. in Alternative Medicine from the Sarasota campus of Everglades University. A Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Dubbs specializes in assisting buyers and sellers in challenging circumstances, helping them reach their real estate goals. Prior to her real estate career, she worked in landscape design, and has a bachelor's degree in horticulture. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Interpolations: Artwork from The Ringling and Monda Collections , March 17 – September 8

This new exhibition fuses artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection. As part of the four promised gifts from the Monda family, pieces by Beverly Pepper, Teo González, Yayoi Kusama and Richard Serra enable the Museum to present a broader and more complex history of late twentieth- and early 21st-century art. These new promised gifts will be featured along with other selections from Monda’s collection and key works from the Ringling’s own growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems , March 17 – September 29

Mazurka’s work reflects the communicative potential of pattern by combining visual references to architecture, biology, data analytics and instructional code. From her intense research into pattern languages, Mazurka presents an art exhibition that flatters and disturbs concepts of certainty and stability residing within pattern systems existing all-around us.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow , June 26 – August 10

This powerful musical biography celebrates the life of actress and singer Ethel Waters. From abject poverty to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, Ethel Waters crossed racial barriers to become a legend. No matter what challenges she faced, music gave Waters strength, solace, and success. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Scorch , July 26 – August 25

For Kes, falling in love for the first time happened online. But the exhilarating fantasy quickly turns into a terrifying reality when the young teen is accused of criminal conduct. Inspired by real cases of ‘gender fraud,’ Scorch is a touching and provocative story of love though the eyes of a gender-curious teen.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Cottage , July 31 – August 24

Set in the English countryside in 1923, this sexy comedy of love and betrayal unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her secret love affair to her husband. The true meanings of love and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—potentially murderous—romantic comedy.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Art and a Movie: Summer Film Series , August 5, 1:30pm

Visit the showing of Kusana: Infinity as part of The Ringling and Monda Collections’ Summer Film Series. Ringling staff will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion about each of the three highlighted women artists of the series. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of free Mondays at the Museum of Art to visit the exhibition before or after the film.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , August 5, 1215pm

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat super delicious food with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15pm-1:45pm. For lunch details, contact Julie at caregivercomfort@aol.com.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 3rd Annual Woodstock Revival , August 10

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock while supporting Sarasota Farmers Market and Downtown Sarasota. Kettle of Fish will be the band this year. See vintage Volkswagens, participate in the "Best Dressed Hippie" Contest, buy local produce and reexperience peace and love. 

Sarasota Farmers Market, 1 N Lemon Ave.

[SOON]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Reverend Barry & The Funk , August 16

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.


Featuring 3 Grammy®-nominated musicians, this 8-piece band plays a high-energy set of originals and covers of funk & soul music including Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, Kool & the Gang and Prince. Sit back and relax or dance the night away as Reverend Barry & The Funk returns to the Friday Fest stage! 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , August 19, 10am

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

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