It’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.
For 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.
Where 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.
To 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.
English 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.
ST. 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.
St. 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.
ST. 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
June 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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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.”
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.
Family1 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/.