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"If a filmmaker can pull this off, they can do anything."

- Mark Troy, Single-Take Challenge Film Festival

[Film]  Festival Celebrates Cinematic Crucible of the Single-Take Film
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Within a director’s bag of tricks, few are as bold and assured as the long take.

A single, unedited slice of cinematic expression—controlled and choreographed and as much a declaration of the director’s mastery over the form as anything else—they become short stories in themselves. And that’s exactly what actor and ManaSota Films founder Mark Troy had in mind when he first issued the Single-Take Challenge in 2016, calling upon local filmmakers to submit their best single-take short films for an annual festival. Five years on, the Single-Take Challenge Film Festival has gone global, with submissions from around the world screening next weekend, both virtually and in-person at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.

The rules of the Single-Take Challenge are simple and self-evident—films must be shot in a single take with no edits and no cuts—but the execution proves to be far from either. Shooting even a short film in a single take requires painstaking precision and preparation, as a single mistake from cast or crew can ruin the entire operation and send everyone back to square one. “You have to be able to see a mile ahead,” says Troy,” and work backwards from there.”

From Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles to Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson and Alejandro Inarritu, film’s greatest have all flexed their muscles with statements made in single takes. Think Touch of Evil. Think Boogie Nights and Birdman. Think Goodfellas. And for aspiring filmmakers, says Troy, there are few exercises more beneficial than such a cinematic crucible. “If a filmmaker can pull this off well,” he says, “they can do anything, because this involves every aspect of filmmaking.”

Happening both in-person and virtually, the Single-Take Challenge Film Festival will feature 12 films this year, including submissions from Sweden, New Zealand and Ireland, as well as from across the United States. They include comedies, dramas, a western and even a musical. The in-person festival will be October 9 at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, and include a Q&A session with filmmakers visiting from Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. The films will be available to view online beginning October 8.

Viewers are encouraged to vote for the Audience Favorite Award, while a jury that includes Goodfellas cameraman Larry McConkey will present awards for Best Film, Extraordinary Cinematography and Most Entertaining Film.

But more important than any award, Troy just hopes to see more young artists picking up the camera, and thinks maybe the Single-Take Challenge Film Festival can help. “Hopefully they’ll get inspired to make their own film for next year,” he says. 

Pictured: A still from 'Sweet Dollars' from directors Samuel Backman and Eddie Sarenhag.

[New Book]  SRQ Book Club: But You Seemed So Happy by Kimberly Harrington
Roxanne Baker, Bookseller at BookStore1

Just as Kimberly Harrington fell in love with her husband of whom But You Seemed So Happy is largely based, I became enraptured with her lush writer’s voice. Not only does Kimberly perfectly capture a couple’s first homes, she also communicates the intimacy of a relationship in such a novel way, you feel like it’s the first love story you’ve ever read.

Happy accident or no, the book, as the subtitle “A Marriage in Pieces and Bits” indicates, details her study into what made the relationship disintegrate or was it simply written in the stars to devolve? Past the post-mortem, Kimberly also takes the reader through the beginnings of how to approach the savage modernity of re-start and online dating sites.

Anyone who’s been through a divorce, and according to recent stats is still roughly 40 to 50 percent of us, has surely racked his/her brain in the same way, as well as wondered if the finality of divorce was the ‘right’ decision. Kimberly does even better in that she combs with a self-deprecating scathing hindsight to reconcile whether she was the culprit of her marriage’s demise.

Such frank talk is refreshing and reassuring to those who have had similar, but unspoken thoughts.

But You Seemed So Happy is available October 5th at BookStore1 Sarasota and via their online stores at www.sarasotabooks.com. 

Click here for more information.

[History]  Sarasota Centennial Celebration Explores Local History through the Art of Marlane Wurzbach

As part of the yearlong Sarasota County Centennial Celebration, the Centennial Steering Committee is pleased to co-host a public dialogue at our Centennial Partner Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St, Sarasota, on Sunday, October 3 at 1:00pm. The program will highlight artist Marlane Wurzbach’s vibrant acrylics of historic local buildings including The Oaks, Ca’ d’Zan, Dr. Joseph Halton’s house, and many others both past and present. Dr. Frank Cassell, local historian, author, and Chairman of Sarasota County’s Centennial Steering Committee will provide historical context and anecdotes to accompany Ms. Wurzbach’s work.
Ms. Wurzbach’s work will be on display at the Gallery through October 29th in an exhibit entitled “Building Sarasota’s Stories”. Her work is invaluable in representing and preserving the local architecture on canvas. Dr. Cassell is the author of Suncoast Empire – Bertha Honoré Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota and Creating Sarasota County. Dr. Cassell is also the Chairman of Sarasota County’s Centennial Steering Committee. achievements by promoting cultural and historical activities available to all citizens and visitors 

To view upcoming events click here

[Auto]  Local Boy Wins New Tesla Model 3 From YouTube Influencer

YouTube influencer Mr Beast (70+ million followers) was selling a limited edition t-shirt for a span of one week. When Alexander Hedges father, local Realtor Tom Hedge, bought his son a t-shirt, little did he know what was to follow. After selling 35 thousand t-shirts, Mr Beast (real name Jimmy Donaldson) decided to give away a Tesla to one of the people who bought the limited edition shirt. He wrapped the car with all of the people's name' and his friend, Chandler Hollow, placed his finger on Alexander Hedges name. Three weeks later the Tesla was delivered to Alexander. While he can't yet drive, he loves playing with all of the Teslas features inside.

Youtube link to the car being delivered: MR BEASTS Tesla Arrives - YouTube 

Photo courtesy of the Hedges.

[Anniversary]  Chart House Celebrates 60 Years With Sweepstakes Giveaways

In honor of their 60th anniversary this fall, Chart House is hosting an incredible lineup of events and opportunities. From specialty anniversary menus to fantastic prizes, Chart House patrons won’t want to miss the chance to celebrate six decades of dazzling views, unique cuisine, and exceptional service.

'Standing the Taste of Time Sweepstakes' will kick off the six decades worth of festivities. Chart House announced an exciting contest available for guests across the nation (that includes the 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key location). Beginning now through November 7, guests can register online and enter the sweepstakes. The contest features incredible prizes including: a relaxing vacation for two to the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Conn Creek Winery in Napa Valley, including air fare, private accommodations, and winery tours; a Las Vegas trip for two, including air fare and three nights at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino; and 12 lucky winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the Finale Wine Dinner on November 12 at the Chart House nearest you. 

For more information about Chart House, visit chart-house.com. 

[Airport]  SRQ Airport Changes Parking Rates Effective October 1

As of today, October 1, 2021, SRQ Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will be changing its parking rates. Daily Rates in the Long Term Lot will increase from $13 to $14; the Shade Lot will increase from $14 to $15 and Short Term will increase from $16 to $18. Free 30-minute parking in all lots will be discontinued. Customers are encouraged to utilize the free cellphone lot located on Rental Car road instead. For more information on parking at SRQ please check the website at srq-airport.com/parking. 

[People]  UBS Advisor Molly Townsend Promoted to Senior Advisor at the Private Wealth Management Offices

UBS Private Wealth Management is proud to announce the promotion of Financial Advisor Molly Townsend, CFP®, to Senior Advisor, with The Zelniker Dorfman Carr & Heritage Group to expand comprehensive private wealth management advisory services in the firm’s Sarasota, Gainesville and New York offices. “I am excited and grateful to be recognized as a Senior Advisor with such an experienced and innovative teammy dedication to our clients will be a guiding force as we expand our services in New York and Florida,” says Molly.

Molly is a strong advocate of the UBS’ Own Your Worth movement which encourages women to take control of their wealth and engage in long-term financial decision-making. She regularly hosts events on financial empowerment for women and how parents can raise financially responsible children. “Molly is an invaluable member of our team, persistently dedicated to providing exceptional service to help meet and exceed the expectations of our clients in the greater New York and Florida regions,” says Scott D. Zelniker, Senior Vice President—Private Wealth Management at UBS. “This promotion is extremely well-deservedwe are thrilled and honored to have Molly as a Partner in our growing practice.”  

[SRQ Competition]  Announcing SmartHouse Integration as Home of the Year Sponsor

We are thrilled to announce SmartHouse Integration as a 2022 Home of the Year Sponsor. SmartHouse Integration was founded in 1998 to answer the call for technology in the home builder market. They are the only choice for those who desire the best performing and most innovative designs in Home Electronics, Security and Home Management systems. Click here to learn more!  

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Discover Mozart: Rebirth , October 2, 7:30pm

Experience the excitement as the full orchestra returns to the stage this season on Saturday, October 2 at 7:30pm at the Sarasota Opera House. Kensho Watanabe leads a program beginning with Valerie Coleman's heroic Seven O'Clock Shout, a tribute to essential workers. Dominic Cheli will shine in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, and Schumann's "Spring" Symphony will lend a perfect finale to this long-awaited reunion of orchestra and audience.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Suncoast Science Center: Weekend Science Classes for Kids Return at the Fab Lab , October 2 – December 31, 10am-1pm

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab’s STEAM Saturdays classes are back by popular demand. The weekly courses provide students from grades 1-12 with a unique opportunity to explore various science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) areas through engaging hands on activities and the use of high-tech Fab Lab equipment such as laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D printers and more. STEAM Saturdays run weekly from 10 am-1 pm beginning Saturday, October 2. Returning classes include Robotics, Engineering, Chemistry and Art Lab, while new courses like Coding & Artificial Intelligence, Electric Engineering, and Build Your Brand have been added. All students are invited to spend their Saturday at the Fab Lab. There are classes to suit every age and interest, from creating spooky pumpkin volcanoes in “Halloween Chemistry” to programming a robot to travel across a zipline in “Engineering” class. No experience is required. Classes are $40 and include all supplies and take-home projects. Limited spaces are available, and sessions sell out quickly. For the full schedule and more information, visit https://suncoastscience.org/steam-saturdays.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Out of Bounds , October 2 – November 27, 8pm and 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents Out of Bounds Playing Every Saturday Beginning October 2 at 7:30pm. Out of Bounds is the heart of the FST Improv Winter Season. Eight teams comprised of our top improvisers will be competing for your attention, love, and points! The show is a fast-paced, no holds barred improv show featuring five of the best improv comedians of the Suncoast for a night of games, scenes, and skillful storytelling. No rules. No boundaries. Just spectacular comedy and incredible improvisation.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 26th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival , October 2 – October 3, 10am-5pm

Sarasota, located along Florida's Gulf of Mexico, is well known for its white sandy beaches and beautiful architecture. This popular craft festival has garnered crowds of fine craft lovers each year and will take place on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 at 1 Central Avenue. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more. An expansive green market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend. Please be mindful and follow CDC guidelines.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Skyway 2020: A Contemporary Collaboration , June 20 – October 3, 10am-5pm

The Skyway 2020 exhibition, now in its second iteration, is a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region, as it is a collaboration between four institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. Working together, curators from each institution will offer context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Artworks and projects in the exhibition will be selected by museum curators and the guest juror, Claire Tancons, an independent curator and scholar whose practice takes a global focus on the conditions of cultural production. Tancons has curated biennials around the world, including Prospect.1, New Orleans; the 2008 Gwangju Biennial; and the 2019 Sharjah Biennial. This exhibit will begin on June 20, 2021 and will end on October 3, 2021. Runs from 10am to 5pm.

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SPORTS: 2021 USDBF Club Crew National Championships , September 30 – October 3

The US Dragon Boat Federation holds CCNC biennially at locations around the United States. This event will be the sole American qualifier for the 2022 International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships, also taking place at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 30 at 6pm. October 1 through 3, will showcase competitive dragon boat racing. The awards and farewell party will take place in the afternoon on Sunday, October 3. In event experiences include food vendors, a merchandise tent, and a beer garden.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative: The Arts And Racial Justice/Discovery Series: The Black Experience in the Arts in Higher Education , October 4, 5:30pm-7pm

The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC), a nonprofit organization that uses the unifying power of the arts to nurture inclusion and diversity across the regional arts and cultural landscape presents “The Black Experience in the Arts in Higher Education,” as part of its four-part Arts & Racial Justice/Discovery Series, Monday, October 4, 5:30-7pm, at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave. The moderator for the event is Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, director, Florida Center for PAInT, USF. Panelists are: Dr. Karen A. Holbrook, regional chancellor, USF, Sarasota-Manatee; Dr. Patricia Okker, president, New College of Florida; Dr. Carol Probstfeld, president, State College of Florida; and Dr. Larry Thompson, president, Ringling College of Art and Design. The event also features faculty and students from area higher education institutions. This event is a fundraiser for SBAC’s programs and is limited to 100 guests. Masks are required to be worn at the event. Tickets are $100 per person and are not available for purchase until September 1. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.suncoastblackartscollaborative.org. The Arts & Racial Justice/Discovery Series is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and is a collaboration with Florida Studio Theatre’s Diversity Forum Series.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Introduction to Watercolor - October , October 4 – October 18, 10:30am-2:30pm

Love art but don’t know where to start? Learn the basics of watercolor with step-by-step instruction in mixing colors, creating a palette, beginner brush techniques, and much more. This class is perfect for aspiring artists who do not have any prior experience but have a passion for painting. Open to students of all ages. Introduction to Watercolor will take place on Mondays, from 10:30am to 2:30pm on October 4, 11, 18. Members are $160 and Non-members are $180. Class Size is 12 Students and the Instructor is Carolyn Merenda.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Introduction to Calligraphy - October , October 4 – October 27, 10:30am-12:30pm

Add creative flair to correspondence, invitations, art projects, and more with calligraphy. This course offers an introduction to the beginner techniques used to practice making letterforms. Students will learn the tools, materials, how to hold and use the pen, starting with basic strokes. This course will specialize in Chancery Style calligraphy and will be taught indoors and outdoors. Introduction to Calligraphy will take place on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm on October 4 & 6, 11 & 13, 18 & 20, 25 & 27. Members are $130 and Non-members are $145. Class Size is 9 Students and the Instructor is Norma Albertha Winter.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The City of Sarasota: Public Input Meetings for Penny Sales Tax , September 15 – October 6, 6pm-7pm

The City of Sarasota will host three community meetings to welcome input on infrastructure projects for the continuation of the countywide Penny Sales Tax. Residents are invited to suggest infrastructure projects during the following public listening sessions: Wednesday, Sept. 15 6pm– 7:30pm at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Thursday, Sept. 16, 6pm – 7:30pm at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St., and Wednesday, Oct. 6 6pm – 7:30pm at City Hall Annex – SRQ Media Studio, 1565 First St. Input also can be provided online at www.SarasotaCountySurtax.net. The Sarasota County Penny Sales Tax, also known as the sales surtax, surtax, or one cent tax, is a countywide voter approved one percent sales tax used to invest in local infrastructure improvements, including parks, libraries, schools, sidewalks, police vehicles, street resurfacing and mobility upgrades. Sarasota County voters approved the Penny Sales Tax in 1989 and again in 1997 and 2007. The current surtax expires at the end of 2024. Voters throughout Sarasota County will have an opportunity in November 2022 to continue the Penny Sales Tax for another 15 years to fund local infrastructure projects.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Eubie! , October 6 – November 21

Opening the season is “Eubie!” a toe-tapping revue of Eubie Blake songs that stormed Broadway in the 1970s and was nominated for three Tony Awards. Blake's infectious style is evoked in over 20 wonderful songs, including the classic "I'm Just Wild about Harry." With its sizzling score and energetic dance numbers, "Eubie!" is a crowd-pleasing salute to a Black Broadway pioneer. It's also one of the first shows staged by WBTT in its 22-year history – back by popular demand! Jim Weaver will direct. Runs from October 6 to November 21, 2021. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Friends of the East Manatee Library: Author Luncheon Presents Author and Journalist Mary Walton , October 6, 11:15am

Author Luncheon presents acclaimed author and journalist Mary Walton. She will share the historic account of one of our nation’s leading suffragettes, as featured in her book, A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot. Where HIStory meets HERstory will celebrate the perseverance and self-sacrifice of Alice Paul that resulted in the unalienable right for all women, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Registration is open for the in-person fundraiser that takes place on October 6, 2021 at 11:15am. Very limited seating. Masks strongly encouraged per CDC guidance. Tickets begin at $45 and they can be purchased at https://libraryfriendsemlwr.org/events. Sponsorships available. Mary Walton is a retired journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 22 years, where she wrote scores of articles as a staff writer for the Sunday Inquirer magazine. She has also written for the New York Times, Washingtonian, the Washington Monthly, the American Journalism Review, and PBS. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: [TITLE OF SHOW] , October 6 – October 17, 7:30pm and 2pm

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, however, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. [TITLE OF SHOW] — taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [TITLE OF SHOW] — follows friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. This show has strong adult language. Show dates are Oct. 6, 2021 – Preview 7:30pm, Oct. 7, 2021 – Opening Night 7:30pm, Oct. 8, 9, 12, 13, 2021 – 7:30pm, and Oct. 17, 2021 – 2pm. This show will be presented at ART CENTER SARASOTA. Single tickets $26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student. Subscriptions are available now.

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