Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
The Sarasota Film Festival wrapped up the other day, and for me, culminated in the best film I saw. It didn’t win Best of Show, but the lead did garner Best Actress in the festival — a well-deserved award.
I have already written about a few movies we saw earlier in the week. Over the past several days, I kept on viewing. My favorite is entitled “The First Girl I Loved,” a coming-of-age, coming-out story of a teenage girl. The piece is rife with heart-wrenching insecurities and betrayals as young people grapple with the vicissitudes of adolescent yearning and the inevitable fear of being different. The lead, Dylan Gelulla, steals your heart and is on the road to acclaim. She has already been picked up for a major motion picture. In addition, the movie won “Best of the Next” at the 2016 Sundance Festival.
Also high on my list is a documentary entitled “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” a piece about the propaganda and manipulation of the right-wing media machine. The film covers the history of “fair and balanced” journalism as well as the unraveling of regulations that once mandated objectivity in the press. This engaging film is already available on iTunes and Hulu.
My least favorite movie of the run was entitled “The Art of the Prank.” While the subject matter was hilarious — coverage of the world’s greatest prankster, artist Joey Skaggs — the film itself was disjointed and filled with grainy, vintage footage. If you want to catch Skagg’s shenanigans, you’re better off checking him out on You Tube.
Finally, I want to plug a film I did not see that won Best Narrative, “Men and Chicken.” It’s a dark comedy about two brothers with different mothers which the Sarasota Herald-Tribune called “Franz Kafka meets the Three Stooges.” I’m sorry I missed it.
Maybe these movies will one day be playing at a theater near you. Or maybe you should visit Sarasota and be the first on your block to name the next award winners!
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”