By: Carol Erickson
Living in Sarasota, we are gifted with many wonderful opportunities, but the opening party and film at the Sarasota Film Festival is the “Crown Jewel”.
The Hollywood-style glamour, the dazzle of the bright lights, red carpet, cameras, directors and celebrities were all proudly presented at its new location. .the historic and stately Opera House. This yearly event is yet another tradition that honors film makers and their incredible achievements.
After about an hour or so of mingling, interviews and pictures, the huge crowd moved inside for the screening of the premier movie “Time Out of Mind” starring Richard Gere. The movie portrays Gere as a homeless person that has nowhere to go except in search of his next meal and a place to sleep. Seeing this handsome star in “Pretty Woman” play the part of a homeless person was a little difficult to imagine at first, but after a few minutes, he was able to convince his audience. The film is lengthy and plods along slowly, but provides the audience a glimpse of what homeless life is really like. It was eye-opening and certainly conversation-worthy due to the growing problem right here in Sarasota.
Then on to the “after party” that was staged in every room of the opera house from the beautiful outdoor courtyard to the multiple levels of entertainment inside. There was no shortage of music, drinks and plenty of enjoyment for all of us who were fortunate enough to attend. This is one party that honors, delights and entertains all of our “senses”.
The Sarasota Film Festival runs through April 19th.
|English Title:||Time Out Of Mind|
|Category:||Opening Night Film|
|Type of Film:||Narrative Feature|
|Opening Night Film|
|Executive Producer:||Mohammad Al Turki|
|Eva Maria Daniels|
|Produced By:||Miranda Bailey|
|Editing By:||Alex Hall|
|Production Design by:||Kelly McGehee|
Join us at a new location for our annual opening night film and party at the Opera House on April 10th. This red carpet event begins with our Opening Night Film and is followed by the very popular Opening Night Party where you will find top musical entertainment featuring Florida band, the Hip Nauticals and DJ Imminent, a popular local favorite.
Your ticket includes complimentary Hors D’oeuvres catered by The Francis Restaurant, and complimentary Festival themed cocktails with cash purchases available.
For a description of every film’s plot, as well as show times, please go to: