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Thursday, 15 April 2010 10:45

Sunscreen Film Festival Opens April 14th

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Sunscreen Film FestivalIt’s lights, camera, sunscreen this week as one of the state’s premier film festivals returns to downtown St. Pete’s Muvico Theaters at Baywalk.

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The Tampa Theatre - Photo by Andrea LypkaFor four days, the Gasparilla International Film Festival, only in it’s fourth year, but already a big event, celebrated the budding local film industry, and celebrated the artistic aspect of the medium.

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Sunscreen Film FestivalThe Sunscreen Film Festival is entering its fifth year in 2010. The past half-decade of the annual event has seen rapid growth and popularity, with a 600 percent increase in attendance from 2006 to 2009. Hosted by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society, the Sunscreen Film Festival was founded – at a kitchen table – by Tony Armer and Derek Miner, in 2005.
 
The primary goal of the Sunscreen Film Festival, according to their website, is “to encourage the creation, production, and exhibition of independent film in Florida through its educational programs and public screenings, thereby increasing awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.”
 
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Where the Wild Things AreWhere the Wild Things Are, Spike Jonze’s big screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book, will be screened in the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)’s Imax Dome Theatre. Starting on November 7th, fans of all ages will set sail alongside young Max to the captivating world of the “Wild Things” for a larger-than-life cinematic journey as only IMAX can deliver.

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Sunscreen Film FestivalTo celebrate Halloween, the Sunscreen Film Festival will be holding several events, including an acting workshop featuring the casting director of Twilight, and scary movie screenings.

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Photo by Felix KunzeEnglish photographer Felix Kunze has traveled internationally, to places like Dubai, Mumbai, Australia, California, England, Germany and Spain, taking photos. On October 28th, Felix will be visiting the Tampa Bay area for 18 days.

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Graduates of the Sunscreen Film Festival Summer CampST. PETERSBURG: Forget the bug spray and the rain poncho – at the Sunscreen Film Festival’s first annual Summer Camp, 9 aspiring filmmakers between the ages of 14 – 18 braved the elements of film making with laptops and their imaginations.

Instead of a campground and hours of lanyard making, the students converged on Studio 620 in downtown St. Pete. Owned and operated by Bob Devon Jones, the studio provided the perfect venue for two action-packed weeks.

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The Backroom Film Festival will be at NOVA 535 in St. Pete on September 9thSt. Petersburg, Fla.  – The Backroom Short Film Festival will present their next festival on September 9th at NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg, Florida. This one-day festival will feature films from 2 – 7 minutes in length in three categories: inspiration/motivation, comedy and animation. Conversations with the filmmakers will be interspersed throughout the evening. It’s a visual and interactive evening of film, conversation, food and spirits.

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Sunscreen Film FestivalST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Sunscreen Film Festival's Summer Camp Film School for children will begin on July 6th. The two-week program will give aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to have a hands-on opportunity to learn about the art of filmmaking. They will be scripting, shooting and editing as many as four short films.

The camp runs from July 6th to July 17th, and will be from 9 to 5 on Mondays through Fridays. The camp is for kids aged 14-18. On July 17th, at 6:30pm, the campers will hold a film screening to show off the films made during the camp to their family and friends.

For more information about the program, visit http://www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com/news/view/45

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Valentio: The Last Emperor will be shown at Tampa TheatreJune 11, 2009 - TAMPA, FL - "Valentino: The Last Emperor " will be shown at the Tampa Theatre June 12th through the 17th.

Valentino: The Last Emperor, directed by Matt Trynauer, is a feature-length movie that takes the viewer inside the singular world of one of Italy's most famous designers, Valentino Garavani. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino's celebrated career, capturing the end of an era in global fashion.

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 Patrick Wilson being interviewed at the Sunscreen Film Festival Opening - Photo by Brad KuglerSt. Petersburg, FL

The red carpet was rolled out for the 4th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival which had its kickoff on April 29th, at Baywalk Muvico in St. Petersburg.

Seen at the event was famed actor Patrick Wilson, looking suave in a blue blazer. He was there for the southeast premiere of his film “Passengers”, co-starring Anne Hathaway. The Watchmen star has local ties in the form of his brother, Paul, on the board for the festival, and his father, John, a local TV news anchor. 

Chris and Victoria Kelly, a couple from Illinois were excited to be on the red carpet. Their film Hampshire was premiering at the festival as well. “I didn’t expect half of this,” said Chris. His wife added, “We couldn’t have picked a better location. The people are so nice.”

Friday, 17 April 2009 17:58

The Back Room Short Film Festival 2009

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The Back Short Film Festival St. Petersburg, FL (April 10, 2009) - The Back Room Short Film Festival of Sarasota is seeking film submissions for a short film festival at the NOVA 535 on September, 9th from 6–9 pm.  This one-day festival will feature films from 2-7 minutes in length in three categories: inspiration/motivation, comedy and animation.

“This is a film festival designed as a family-friendly occasion with the movies rated PG or less,” said Paul Gruber, founder of www.PeopleAreReady.com and www.TheBackRoom.tv.   “We are encouraging people of all ages to participate and are reaching out to schools and other groups to encourage children, teens and young adults to submit a film.”
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 00:00

Sunscreen Film Festival Film Summer Camp

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St. Petersburg, FL (April 1, 2009) - The Sunscreen Film Festival will present a two-week summer camp program that will teach kids how to conceive, write, shoot and edit movies. The camp will end with a mini-festival to showcase the creative output of the campers.

The camp will meet at Studio 620, located at 620 First Ave. South in St. Petersburg. It will run Monday through Friday, from July 6th  to July 17th from 9am-5pm. The cost for the instruction and special equipment is $500.00.

“A kid with a camera and a passion can bring a special energy to film,” said Tony Armer, Executive Director of the Sunscreen Film Festival. “We want to provide youngsters with the knowledge to create good work with a beginning, a middle and an end that the audience can't wait to see.”
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Sunscreen Film Festival Announcement Party. Photo by Wayne Cathel. St. Petersburg, April 1, 2009 - The Sunscreen Film Festival held the announcement party of their fourth annual festival on April 1st at Nova 535 in St. Petersburg.

Each year the event gets bigger and better. Last year, John Travolta attended the festival. This year, Patrick Wilson plans on attending (his film, Passengers, is the opening night film this year). Mayor Baker showed his support by putting in an appearance at the party while also talking about how excited he was for the Grand Prix in St. Pete that weekend.

The festival began five years ago when friends Derek Miner and Tony Armer got together while working on an indie film in their kitchen and decided to put on a film festival to meet more people in the industry. The first Sunscreen was held at Studio 620 and had many local filmmakers and a total of 600 people in attendance. This year’s festival will be held at Muvico Baywalk, and the festival’s 68 independent films come from all over the country and the world.
 
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The red carpet at the historic Tampa Theatre. Photo by Simaen Skolfield. Cupcakes, Red Carpet and Armand Assante  What More Could a Girl Want?

Tampa, FL (February 2009) - For ten days, The Gasparilla Film Festival turned Tampa into Hollywood, with all those film types hanging around. For a second it felt as if the Superbowl was back in town; having the nervous feeling that you’ll turn around and bump into Matt Dillon.

Emmy Award winner Armand Assante was honored at the festival with the Career Achievement Award, and was a very pleasant gentleman. We sat down for an interview and ended up chatting endlessly about our acting training and techniques. His advice for young actors was, “If you chose to act, act, and don’t look back.”

In a full-length dress reminiscent of a cloud, Gasparilla Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Terry Moore floated by. In her 80s, she still managed to radiate that vintage sophistication and beauty. She had been married to Howard Hughes, and I wanted to go up to her and verify a few Old Hollywood rumors, but I was whisked off to another interview.

Monday, 26 January 2009 17:08

The Velveteen Rabbit

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Velveteen RabbitFamily1 Films brings one of the most beloved stories of all time to theaters January 30th, 2009

Los Angeles, CA ( January 26, 2009)  – Inspired by the classic novel by Marjory Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit is an enchanting combination of live-action drama and animated adventure that tells the story of a lonely boy who wins over his distant father and strict grandmother with the help of a velveteen rabbit and other toys he befriends in the attic. Featuring the voice talents of Golden Globe® winner Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Somewhere in Time) as Mom with Emmy Award® winner Tom Skerritt (Top Gun, A River Runs Through It) as Horse and Oscar® winner Ellen Burstyn (The Spitfire Grill, Requiem for a Dream) as Swan, and directed by Michael Landon Jr. (Love Comes Softly, Redemption of Sarah Cain), The Velveteen Rabbit is a heartwarming “…adventure for the whole family” (The Dove Foundation).   Family1 Films will be releasing The Velveteen Rabbit exclusively in select Carmike Cinemas January 30th.  The Velveteen Rabbit will also be released to DVD March 17th in major national retailers by Anchor Bay Entertainment and in Christian retailers by Thomas Nelson. For more information go to http://www.thevelveteenrabbitmovie.com/.