Burns Court Cinema Features Select Shorts
If you can’t make it to the Oscars, Oscar-nominated shorts and select films can come to to you — if you live in Sarasota, Florida. Recently I viewed “exclusive presentations showcasing this year’s Oscar Award nominees” for Best Live Action Short Film at the historic Burns Court Cinema downtown.
Established in 1993 as an art house cinema, Burns Court offers three viewing rooms. This year’s Oscar-nominated shorts began with a comedic presentation of an unorthodox resolution to a conflict between nuns who have taken a vow of silence attempting to assist stranded Israeli settles on the Sabbath. The other films range from two depicting the brutal, war-torn Middle East to an attempted child abduction, and a charming stutterer about to meet his online girlfriend.
Membership to the Sarasota Film Society not only offers discounted tickets, free vouchers and popcorn, and early tickets privileges, it helps to support the Society’s presentations, educational programs, local community groups, and foreign and independent film festivals and exhibitions.
In April the annual Sarasota Film Festival arrives in our city. Locals will get to see an unprecedented number of diverse cinema (over 250 last year) along with acclaimed actors, directors, screen writers, and musicians. The Festival will run April 1-10.
By the way, although I am no film critic, I am placing my money on Shok as the winner of the Oscar. A clash between Serbs and Albanians, the movie is layered with symbolism and foreshadowing, contains terrific acting, and features unusual cinematography. It has my vote!
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.”