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Inside the Renowned Sarasota Film Festival

Program Number: 17353RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/10/2013 - 4/15/2013; 4/15/2015 - 4/20/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Price starting at: $927.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Film Festivals Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The annual Sarasota Film Festival is a must-do for film buffs. Attend screenings of at least six films while enhancing your appreciation of these films with in-depth presentations and lively Q&A sessions with movie experts, directors and critics. Explore Sarasota’s rich history and culture at the Ringling Museum of Art Complex and on the set of the film “Great Expectations,” and keep your eyes peeled for Hollywood stars and award recipients at scheduled venues.




Highlights

• Attend screenings of at least six films and other happenings.
• In-depth discussions and question-and-answer sessions to enhance your understanding of the films.
• Opportunity to see Hollywood Stars at area venues.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on paved, level terrain.




Date Specific Information

4-10-2013

This program date features a major new art exhibition, “Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice.” One of the giants of Venetian painting, Veronese (1528–1588) was the most elegant artist of the triumvirate that included Titian and Tintoretto, brilliantly capturing the opulence and splendor of Renaissance Venice. This special exhibition presents some of the finest of Veronese’s paintings and drawings in North American museums and private collections. In addition to works from the Ringing Museum’s own collection, loans come from the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Harvard Art Museums; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Morgan Library and Museum; the Blanton Museum of Art; and many other museums and private lenders.



Coordinated by the Friendship Centers.




Sarasota

Situated on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on Florida's west coast, Sarasota is rich in cultural treasures and recreational attractions within a short driving distance, including the outstanding John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of the Circus, art galleries, golf courses and beaches.



Accommodations
Modern hotel with heated swimming pool and fitness center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Baila Miller

Baila Miller, the founder of Miller Music and Fine Arts programs, received her bachelor’s degree from Memphis State University in 1978 where she majored in social work. She later received a master’s in English, and taught at Memphis State University’s Intensive English for Internationals program for many years. Baila entered the doctoral program at The University of Memphis in the Department of Education, and has used her skills to design lifelong learning programs in music and the arts.
 
Sharon Ohrenstein

Sharon Ohrenstein has worn various hats in the performing arts, including that of singer, actress, writer/lyricist, director, and one-half of the concert duo “The Ohs.” She portrayed Marie Dindon in “La Cage Aux Folles” and has starred in productions such as “The Sound of Music” and “La Bohème.” Sharon has also directed “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “The Glass Menagerie.” Sharon has appeared on television and screen and is working on a screenplay.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   AmericInn Hotel
  Sarasota, FL 5 nights
 AmericInn Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Uniquely appointed rooms with all the comforts of home. Each room is equipped with microwave, refrigerator, work desk, free high speed wireless Internet, iron/board and coffee maker. Hotel is located conveniently to I-75 and Fruitville Rd. the gateway to Sarasota. If you have a car or transportation you can use the fitness facilities during your stay.
  Contact info: 5931 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232 USA
phone: 800-396-5007 x9413428778
web: www.floridatravelnet.com
  Room amenities: In-room a/c, TV, phone, coffee maker, alarm clock, voice mail, free high speed wireless Internet, iron/board, refrigerator, microwave and hairdryers are in each room.
  Facility amenities: Featuring a heated pool, hot tub and fitness room. Some restaurants within walking distance.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $119-$159 per room AARP AAA Participants should call hotel directly to make reservation for additional nights. 941-342-8778
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $119-$159 per room AARP AAA Participants should call hotel directly to make reservation for additional nights. 941-342-8778
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30pm in the hotel meeting room for registration. You will be staying at AmericInn Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:15am followed by a box lunch, students may take with them or eat at the hotel. You will be staying at AmericInn Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sarasota, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Sarasota, FL
  Nearest highway: I-75
  Nearest airport:  Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport SRQ
  From End of Program
  Location: Sarasota, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Starlight Limousine
phone: 941-923-1896
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $85 to hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 30 min 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

They use executive town cars and SUVs, please ask for Rick.

 

Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Diplomat Taxi
phone: 941-365-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 min. 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

Taxis are readily available 24hrs a day at the SRQ Airport.

 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sarasota Tampa Express
phone: 800-326-2800
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 to SRQ Airport or office of Sarasota Tampa Express
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 30 min 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Please call in advance for reservations. You will then need to call a taxi to get yourself to the hotel. They can tell you who to call.

 
Driving Directions
  I-75 Sarasota, FL Hotel is located off of I-75 and Fruitville Rd at exit 210. Heading West at the traffic light turn right and then make another right keep driving and you will see the hotel on your right after about 1/2 mile.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: At this time the Film Festival has announced their schedule and we have purchased tickets. Please look at each day to see the films and events selected. Independent arrivals in Sarasota, Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Getting to Know You
(Wednesday, April 10)

Note: All activities are at the hotel today.



   
 Arrive To: Independent arrivals in Sarasota, Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Getting to Know You
 Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION: You may register with the program staff from 3:30 - 4:45pm, either before or after getting your room assignment. You will receive your arrival folder containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information. If you arrive late, please pick up your arrival folder from the front desk.

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!

   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Background on the Festival Films 1, 2, evening film is to prepare you for the Ringling Complex Day
(Thursday, April 11)

Note: Bus will drop participants off close to the theater for every film.



   
 Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: The Sarasota Film Festival: Past, Present, Future. Since relatively modest beginnings in 1999, the festival has grown to an annual 10-day event presenting some 200 films with more than 250 filmmakers in attendance. multiple special events, symposiums, panels, and conversations featuring leaders in the film industry. Learn more about the fascinating history, achievements, and what lies ahead.

Coffee Break

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.
   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Festival Films 3 & 4
(Friday, April 12)

Note: Buses will drop participants off close to the theater for every film.



   
 Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Discussion of films viewed.

 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.

   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Discussion of films, Film 5 then free afternoon to view films on your own that you purchase in advance. Evening Special Event:Sarasota Film Festival honors cinema's greatest stars at the Filmmaker's Tribute event, the highlight of the annual festival
(Saturday, April 13)

Note: Walk at your own pace between two venues not more than one mile each way.



   
 Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Discussion of films seen during the week.
 Lunch: Lunch catered in at hotel.
 Afternoon: FILM FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE 5: 12:15 pm Shorts 11: NYU Shorts, 77 min. total for all shorts.

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.

   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Explore Ringling Museum Complex, Closing night film.
(Sunday, April 14)

Note: The Ringling Complex: To see everything there is a lot of walking, however, there are plenty of benches to rest on and you can explore at your own pace or with the group. Walk at your own pace between two venues not more than one mile each way.



   
 Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Talkback and discussion on Frances Ha, seen last night.

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.

   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Discussion of two FESTIVAL FILMS from the week, lunch and program ends.
(Monday, April 15)

Note: All classes are at the hotel.



   
 Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Discussion of films.

Coffee Break

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

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sarasota, FL Sarasota Area
Sarasota is known as the cultural arts center of Florida. The area has a plethora of activities: Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida WestCoast Symphony, Sarasota Opera House, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet Co., Asolo Theatre Co., Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks. For additional information, visit www.sarasotafl.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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