Although primarily filmed in and around Sarasota, “Blind Pass” will have its first public screening March 22 at the Gasparilla International Film Festival that runs March 19-24 in Tampa.
Writer/Director/Co-Producer Steve Tatone became one of the area’s most talked about filmmakers when his locally-made dramatic musical "Beautiful Noise," which stars recent Booker High School grad Danielle White, sold out all six showings at the 2011 Sarasota Film Festival.
In January, Tatone screened “Blind Pass” during an invitation-only event at Burns Court Cinema. Co-produced with White, who again stars, it’s a psychological thriller about Carrie (White), a talented singer who begins to go blind following the death of her powerful, eccentric father (played by Armand Assante). Carrie is sent to see a psychiatrist played by Chris McKenna, an actor probably best known for playing Patrick Westhill in the “90210” TV reboot.
Assante, whose numerous movie credits include “The Mambo Kings,” “Striptease” and winning an Emmy Award for his potent portrayal of the mob boss in “Gotti,” received the Career Achievement Award at the Gasparilla International Festival in 2009.
The actor suggested to Tatone that Tampa would be a great place for “Blind Pass’ to have its world premiere.
“We took a shot and they flipped out and embraced it,” Tatone said. “Gasparilla means we are on our way.”
Tatone also submitted “Blind Pass” to the Sarasota Film Festival, which takes place April 5-14.
“We're waiting to hear if the Sarasota Film Festival will also embrace us,” Tatone said. “We’ll know soon.”