Sarasota News Leader

04/26/2013

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LIGHTS! CAMERA! DISCUSSION! It Felt Like Love Director Eliza Hittman accepts the Narrative Feature Competition's Special Jury Prize for Creative Achievement at the Sarasota Opera House on April 13. She is joined on stage by (from left) jury members Joshua Rothkopf, Miranda Siegel and Alicia Van Couvering. All photos by Arielle Scherr 2013 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL SCREENS AND HONORS PROVOCATIVE FILMS; FOSTERS DIALOGUE BETWEEN AUDIENCE MEMBERS AND FILMMAKERS By Tyler Whitson Staff Writer Late-term abortion clinics, LGBT issues, school violence, conservation of indigenous cultures and potable water shortages in underdeveloped countries were just a sampling of the provocative topics presented in the films recognized this year at the Filmmaker Tribute Awards, which closed the 15th annual Sarasota Film Festival (SFF). Hosted by comedic actress, director and producer Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Suburgatory), the event was followed by a closing night screening of Frances Ha, a light-hearted indie film about friendship and the difficulties of fitting into modern society. It was written and directed by Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at The ceremony took place at the Sarasota Op- the Wedding). era House on the evening of Saturday, April OPENING REMARKS 13, featuring both jury and audience-selected awards in narrative and documentary feature In her introduction to the Filmmaker Tribute divisions and other categories. Awards, Hines lauded Sarasota for being an

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