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It's springtime in Sarasota, which means two things: The pollen is falling like snow and the Sarasota Film Festival is about to start. That's right; it's here again: The city's annual celebration of cinema is set to run April 4-13, with all the requisite parties and shindigs and blowouts and a ton of quality films. Festival staffers officially announced the complete lineup this Thursday, and we've browsed the catalogue to pick out a few highlights. Even if none of my picks sound good, with 252 films, I'd bet you can probably find something you'll like. EMPTYING THE SKIES 1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 Based on a long essay by novelist Jonathan Franzen, first published in The New Yorker and then later in his collection Farther Away, this documentary goes undercover with a squad of European activists who are fighting the ille- gal trapping of songbirds. Sounds boring, but Franzen's reporting made for a thrilling read, as he examined the cultural roots of dining on small birds and the effect declining bird populations may have on other species. Novelist Jonathan Franzen in Roger Kass' Emptying the Skies. Contributed photo JUST SOME OF WHAT'S WORTH SEEING AT THIS YEAR'S SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL WHAT'S PLAYING By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor

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