Sarasota Film Festival announces artists

Richard Jenkins, Jason Momoa highlight a roster of film VIPs who will be here

mclear@bradenton.comMarch 26, 2014 

Not all the stars at this year's Sarasota Film Festival will be on the screen.

On Wednesday, festival officials announced the lineup of artists who will appear in person for screenings, discussions and other events during the festival, which is slated for April 4-13.

Among the biggest stars is Richard Jenkins. He's appearing in "God's Pocket," director John Slattery's film that's part of the festival. Jenkins will attend the festival screening of the film at the Sarasota Opera House. Then, at 3 p.m. April 11, he'll be at Florida Studio Theatre for a conversation with New York Magazine critic David Edelstein.

Jenkins has appeared in more than 100 films and television series, including his role as Nathaniel Fischer on HBO's "Six Feet Under."

For film festival followers, perhaps the biggest name who will be in town is Rory Kennedy, the acclaimed documentarian and daughter of Bobby Kennedy. She'll be at the opening-night screening of her new film, "Last Days in Vietnam."

She and Capt. Paul Johnson of the USS Kirk, the ship that's featured in the film and that helped in the evacuation of South Vietnam, will take part in a question-and-answer session after the film.

It will be Kennedy's second visit to the festival. She was here a couple of years ago with her film "Ethel."

But she's just one of more than 100 actors, filmmakers and industry guests who will be at the 16th annual festival.

This year's Tribute Luncheon, at the Sarasota Yacht Club on April 11, will be held in honor of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the subject of the film "Sewing Hope." For the past 30 years, Sister Rosemary, who's based in Juba, South Sudan, has defied warlord Joseph Kony and the rebel soldiers. She has enrolled thousands of girls who had been abducted by rebels in her sewing classes.

Jason Momoa, the star of "Game of Thrones" and "The Red Road," will attend the world premiere screening of "Road to Paloma." Momoa is the director, writer and star of the film. Radio Birds, the Atlanta band, will perform at the festival's 1137 Party on April 12.

Charlie McDowell, the director of SFF's Closing Night Film "The One I Love," will receive the festival's Breakthrough Award for his directorial debut. The award will be presented prior to the festival's screening of the film.

Director Andrew Rossi returns to Sarasota to present "Ivory Tower" and will also participate in a post-screening Q&A after the Centerpiece screening.

For tickets and a complete schedule of films and events, go to www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.

Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.

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