Women filmmakers and stars take a spotlight during a 19th Sarasota Film Festival, set to run Mar 31 – Apr 9 in a arts-heavy west Florida strand town. Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton, a story of super-surfer Hamilton that debuted during Sundance, gives helmer Rory Kennedy (Last Days in Vietnam, Bobby Fischer Against The World) a opening night slot. Eleanor Coppola’s regretful comedy Paris Can Wait, with Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, will be a closer.
Docu star helmer Barbara Kopple’s This Is Everything: Gigi Is Gorgeous, about a champion diver transitioning from masculine to female, will be among a centerpiece films, while Aisha Tyler’s (Archer, The Talk) Axis will contest in a Independent Visions territory with her underline debut, shot wholly inside one automobile in Los Angeles and about Tristan (screenwriter Emmett Hughes) whose life is descending apart.
“This year’s festival is contemplative of a energy and strength women around a universe showcase each day, and we couldn’t be happier,” pronounced fest boss Mark Famiglio. “To have iconic and gifted women such as Diane Lane, Rory Kennedy, and Aisha Tyler attend a festival this year is a good honor.”
Director Kennedy will be respected with a UN Women Impact Award during a fest’s Tribute Luncheon on opening day. Lane will be presented with a Sarasota Film Festival Award for Cinematic Excellence and will also attend in SFF’s “In Conversation with…” array on Saturday, Apr 8th during a Florida Studio Theatre. Also participating in a festival’s “In Conversation with…” array is Tyler, whose Axis outlines her feature-length directorial debut.
The Centerpiece territory also will underline Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime, formed on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play of a same name and starring Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith and Tim Robbins. The festival will also be holding a special screening of Jill Campbell’s Mr. Chibbs, a documentary about a life of former NBA star Kenny Anderson.