Sarasota Film Festival comes to Bradenton

March 13, 2014 

The Sarasota Film Festival is sponsoring an event in Bradenton for the first time this weekend.

The festival itself is still a few weeks away -- it runs April 4-13 in various locations in Sarasota -- but on Friday the Manatee Performing Arts Center will host a special presentation by Sarasota Film Festival. The centerpiece of the event is the world premiere screening of one of the festival's documentaries.

The film, "The Enduring Beauty of Memory," explores how memory works and how it sometimes fails. It blends personal stories and scientific research.

The film, produced entirely in the Bradenton area, was written by retired circuit court judge Durand Adams and current judge Charles Williams. Directors are Adams, Williams and Charles Clapsaddle, the station manager at Manatee Educational Television.

It's the same team that produced "Through the Tunnel," a documentary about the last days of segregation and the beginnings of integration in Manatee County.

The film is a little more than an hour long. Friday's event will include a panel discussion with Adams and two area people who appear in the film: Dr. Michael Mullan, chief executive officer of the Roskamp Institute, and Sue Revell, executive director of the Manatee Bar Association.

The film will also be part of the film festival's regular rotation in April.

Profits from the special event will benefit the film festival and Manatee Educational Television.

The entire lineup for the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival was announced Wednesday, see the story at Tickets for the film festival will be available at the Manatee Performing Arts Center the night of the event.

Details: 7 p.m. March 14, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $53.74. Information: 941-366-6200,

-- Marty Clear

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