ORIENTATION: Beginning at 5:00pm, we will have an informative overview of the program including a review of the schedule and any changes, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to meet the program staff and begin getting to know your fellow participants.
Road Scholar programs are planned up to a year in advance. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: At 6:00pm you will partake in a buffet at the hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel at 6:00pm. Forms will have been sent out in your preparatory materials for vegetarian meal requests. We regret than we cannot guarantee other special dietary requests; if medical necessity, please be sure to make your own personal arrangements.Evening: Partake in an informal and fun get-acquainted session. The remainder of the evening is yours to continue making new friends or just relax and look forward to the day ahead.
This program takes you inside the renowned Sarasota Film Festival. Our expert adviser has selected a number of films representing the depth and breadth of festival offerings You will also have some free time to pursue your personal interests. Plus, some nice surprises!Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Dinner
PRESENTATION: Learn first-hand from a local published art critic steps on how to properly critique a film.Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel. A sandwich selection with fresh fruit is offered.Afternoon: FESTIVAL FILM PERFORMANCE 1: We will depart by bus for the first film in our schedule, Dead Man's Burden 93 min., 1:30 pm, at the Hollywood 20 in downtown Sarasota.
At the end of the Civil War, Wade McCurry and his sister Martha reunite on the family’s plot on the wild frontier of New Mexico to try to restart their lives. But when a mining company comes to calling for their land, the siblings must figure out whether to stick together and make a go of it or give up what little they have. DEAD MAN’S BURDEN is a tremendously effective entry into the recent revival of the western, utilizing the classic storytelling of the genre in the service of a twisting, turning story. Directed by Jared Moshe.
The festival emphasizes the best in new cinema alongside exciting repertory work with more than 200 choices including features, documentaries, shorts, foreign films and more. Films can run from 11:30am to midnight daily during the festival.
FESTIVAL FILM PERFORMANCE 2: View the second selected film in our series Forgotten Kingdom, 96 min., 4:00 pm. The streets of Johannesburg, South Africa are filled with tough guys and gangsters, but after the death of his father, the street-wise Atang leaves the hustle of the streets to return to his ancestral village in Lesotho. As is required, Atang must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village of where he was born. Stirred by fresh memories of his youth, Atang falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo and rediscovers the power of the past he has forsaken. Andrew Mudge’s THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM is a ravishingly photographed exploration of the power of tradition. As the director of the festival has said, "Our audience continues to allow us to take risks with new, exciting films. This year's festival program is our largest ever, reflecting the growth of our festival and our belief that cinema can provide an important framework for audiences and artists to examine the variety of human experience."Dinner: Board bus for Dinner at a local restaurant after discussion and film ends.Evening: DVD PRESENTATION: View a video about the Ringling Museum to prepare you for Sunday's field trip.Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lunch: Lunch catered in at the hotel.Afternoon: FESTIVAL FILM PERFORMANCE 3: Board bus to attend the 3rd selected film in our series, Without Shepards, 89 MIN., 2:15 pm.
Six bold people navigate the dangerous waters of Pakistan’s current crisis to discover a new tomorrow: a cricket star starts a progressive political party, a female journalist goes behind Taliban lines, an ex-mujahid seeks redemption, a trucker crosses dangerous territory to feed his family, a supermodel pushes feminism through fashion, and a subversive Sufi rocker uses metal to heal. Filmed by a team of Americans and Pakistanis over two years, WITHOUT SHEPARDS is a portrait of a wildly misunderstood nation, a film that cuts through alarmist media depictions to celebrate the brave modernity of its people. Directed by Cary McClelland and Imran Babur.
Dinner: Board bus for Dinner at an area restaurant.Evening: FESTIVAL FILM PERFORMANCE 4: Board bus to attend the 4th selected film in our series and SPOTLIGHT FILM, The Discoverers, 104 min., 7:30 pm.
The debut feature from writer/director Justin Shwarz, THE DISCOVERERS is the story of Lewis Birch, an academic struggling to complete his masterwork on the Lewis and Clark expedition. The father of two teenage children with whom he has little real connection, Lewis is also estranged from his own father, who annually re-enacts Lewis and Clark’s journey along the Oregon Trail. Forced to confront his past while fighting to salvage his career, Lewis and his family head into the woods on an ill-fated road trip, reluctantly trying to re-create the past while re-connecting with one another.
Among the factors that make the Sarasota Film Festival special and distinctive are its Narrative Feature Competition for international and domestic narrative films; an Independent Vision Competition specifically for low-budget American films and emerging U.S. artists; and a Documentary Feature Competition that has earned the Festival recognition as one of the top festivals for documentaries.Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Boneshaker: A problem child and her family travels to a Louisiana church to cure her.
Brave Girl (Sahasi Chori): Bhumika, a 13-year-old Nepali girl, travels with her family friend Krishna from her Himalayan home to her first job in the city.
Glory Days: Jack, a recovering alcoholic and divorced father of two, gets the chance to spend some quality time with his children over the weekend.
Katya & the Scarlet Sails: A musician struggling to find love unexpectedly meets her high school teacher again, years later.
Oysters Rockefeller: Gibbon has been raised in total isolation by his overactive mother and aunt. When allowed outside, he meets Lucy…
Q: Q has a goal: conquering the heart of the beautiful Dolores with the help of Santos, his brave and loyal squire.
FREE TIME: To view films purchased in advance on your own.
Dinner: Dinner on your own in downtown Sarasota. Walk to the Sarasota Opera House for Filmmaker Tribute and evening film.Evening: PERFORMANCE/SPECIAL EVENT: 2013 Filmmaker Tribute to "tba" at 6 pm
Each year, the Sarasota Film Festival honors cinema's greatest stars at the Filmmakers Tribute event, the highlight of the annual festival. This year, the Sarasota Film Festival is proud to honor tba. At press time special guests scheduled to appear are tba.
NO SPECIAL ATTIRE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT! FILM 5,
PERFORMANCE: Frances Ha, 86 min., 7:00 pm. Frances is a dancer struggling as an apprentice in an established company, living with her best friend Sophie in a small but nice enough apartment in Brooklyn. But despite the daily reminders of her professional and romantic struggles, nothing will put a dent in Frances’ self-belief or her optimism about what life should bring.
Shot in luminous black and white, FRANCES HA is a masterful new comedy that sings to the rhythms of life and experience, smiling at loss and triumph in equal measure. This is a loving portrait of a young woman full of joy and doubt, looking for that unknown something while trying to make a life for herself in contemporary New York City.
Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
FIELD TRIP: The Ringling Museum Complex. John Ringling, one of the five original circus kings of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & bailey Circus, became quite wealthy. Beginning in 1911, he and wife Mable purchased and developed a splendid estate covering 20 acres of waterfront property. The estate and its extraordinary holdings - now part of Florida State University - is one of the largest museum complexes in the U.S.
FIELD TRIP: We depart by bus for the Ringling Museum Complex. Explore magnificent Ca' d'Zan, a magnificent, 32-room Venetian-Gothic mansion re-opened in 2002 after a multimillion-dollar restoration. We will also see memorabilia and artifacts at the Circus Museum.Lunch: We will have lunch at the Ringling Museum Complex. Choose from a blend of Classic Italian and American favorites featuring fresh seasonal ingredients.Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the Ringling Museum Complex and there are scheduled docent tours throughout the art galleries.
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art features exceptional architecture housing Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces that display Mr. Ringling's collecting style. You will also have leisure time to explore the beautifully landscaped grounds with more than 400 species of exotic trees, plants, flowers, sculpture garden figures, and Mable's historic rose garden.Dinner: Closing night dinner at area restaurant.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Last night at the Film Festival FILM 6: Ballad of the Weeping Spring, 106 min., 6:00pm the last in our official series. A painful past has crippled Josef Tawila’s life, which is taking a sudden turn when the son of a dying friend presents him with his father’s last wish- have an orchestra play the ballad they created in their youth: the Ballad of the Weeping Springtime. Tawila works with zeal and new focus, rounding up a dream team of musicians, partly veterans and partly new guys, to fulfill the mission, not an easy journey but one leading to rediscovering dreams of the past and discovering that the world is much brighter than originally thought.
In addition to the annual film extravaganza, the Sarasota Film Festival has a year round impact on the region through programs in partnership with local and national organizations and schools. Activities include filmmaking, film criticism, screens and more offered at no cost to students. These activities often result in films that are presented as part of the festival.Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
PRESENTATION: Favorite film of the week and why? Was it one you saw on your own or from our selection?Lunch: A box lunch will be provided; those who need to depart for travel may take it with them, those with time to spare may eat in the lobby area or on the patio by the pool. The program concludes with lunch.
We trust you have enjoyed the fascinating and thought-provoking variety of the Sarasota Film Festival and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch