Television & Film


The New Movie 'Guy Friends,' by Longtime Sarasotan Jonathan Smith, Heads to Burns Court

The film was shot in New York and arrives here on May 31.

05/16/2024 By Kay Kipling

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota This Week

Don't miss Margaret Barbieri Conservatory students dance at Selby Gardens, Venice Brewfest, a silent piano concert on Siesta Beach and more.

05/15/2024 By John Thomason

Lights, Camera, Action

SFF Announces the Lineup for the 2024 Film Festival

Actor-director Steve Buscemi will attend in person and Sarasota native Austin Abrams will receive the festival's Rising Star Award. Here's what else you need to know.

03/21/2024 By Megan McDonald

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo

How Cinderella’s Castle Became the Latest Battleground in the Culture Wars

Is it changing from something aspirational and inspiring to something darker and even dangerous?

11/03/2023 By Robert Plunket

Something Evil in the Woods

The Blair Witch Project Turns 25 Next Year. We Talked to Writer and Director Dan Myrick About Its Legacy.

Myrick, a Sarasota native who graduated from Riverview High School, is still in the horror game.

10/26/2023 By Clayton Trutor

Live Long and Prosper

Iconic Star Trek Actor William Shatner Is Coming to the Van Wezel With The Wrath of Khan

In an advance interview, Shatner talks about acting, aging well, horses and, yes, Star Trek.

10/25/2023 By Kay Kipling

Mic Drop

'Mean' Gene Okerlund, Wrestling’s Greatest Interviewer, Had a Decades-Long Love Affair With Sarasota

Okerlund began visiting Sarasota in the 1970s and later lived in Osprey's Oaks Club year-round.

09/17/2023 By Clayton Trutor


Actor Paul Reubens, Creator of Pee-wee Herman, Has Died

The comedy legend with deep Sarasota ties died Sunday from cancer.

07/31/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Q & A

Stephen Root on HBO's Barry, the Coen Brothers and Why He Always Wanted to Be a Character Actor

The Sarasota-born actor has played nearly 300 film and television roles.

05/04/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Lights, Camera, Action

The Sarasota Opera House Has Announced the Lineup for Its Summer Classic Movies Series

The Friday-night series opens with 2001: A Space Odyssey on May 12 and continues through October.

05/01/2023 By Staff


Remembering Legendary Talk Show Host Jerry Springer

The longtime Sarasota resident died Thursday after a brief illness.

04/27/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Behind the Scenes

Actress-Producer-Author Roma Downey Visits the Sarasota Film Festival

At a luncheon in her honor, Downey spoke about her childhood, her faith, and playing an angel, Jackie Kennedy and an Amazon queen.

04/02/2023 By Kay Kipling

Struggles, Success, Heartbreak

Judy Blume Forever Explores the Beloved Author's Trailblazing Career

Plus, documentaries about Mary Tyler Moore and Donna Summer show how each of these famous women struggled to adapt to expectations, from both themselves and their public.

04/01/2023 By Kay Kipling

How Well Do We Know Them?

Sarasota Film Festival Movies Tell the True-Life Stories of Some Well-Known Women in the Arts

"Karen Carpenter: Starving for Perfection" is just one of several documentaries this week about real-life stars of the arts world and their offstage lives.

03/28/2023 By Kay Kipling


The Sarasota Film Festival Is Celebrating Its 25th Anniversary This Year

The 10-day event will feature celebrity glitterati and a slate of films from March 25-April 2. Tickets will be available March 14.

03/10/2023 By Staff

Film Scene

What Not to Miss at This Year's Through Women's Eyes Film Festival

The festival's Friday evening red carpet event offers the first North American screening of a standout film.

03/08/2023 By Staff


Go See the New Film Path of the Panther

The new documentary film allows us to see the elusive cat—Florida's state animal—in all its secret glory like never before. 

03/03/2023 By Isaac Eger

History Lesson

The Short Film Spare Me Reveals Sarasota's History as a Sundown Town

Local film student and director Will Mauricette touches on the history of racism in Sarasota through a father-son relationship in his latest film.

03/03/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Path of the Panther

A New Film Highlights the Plight of the Florida Panther

Wildlife photographer Carlton Ward Jr. produced the movie, which will receive a statewide theatrical release this month.

02/17/2023 By Staff

Hope Floats

Local Angler Chasten Whitfield Takes Differently Abled Youth Fishing on Her New TV Show

Filming is almost complete on the inspiring show's second season.

01/23/2023 By Emma Moneuse