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"The Silent Majority," by Sarasota filmmaker Leslie Glass, is the closing night film at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa. Photo provided.

The seventh annual Gasparilla International Film Festival opening Tuesday in Tampa features more than 100 movies including several made in Sarasota, which will hosts its own festival next month.

The Gasparilla festival will show the public debut of “Blind Pass," the most high-profile Sarasota film completed in the past year, at 5:40 p.m. Friday in the Muvico Centro Ybor, the same theater where all the Sarasota-made movies will be screened.

It’s the latest by filmmaker Steve Tatone, whose homegrown dramatic musical "Beautiful Noise" sold out six showings at the 2011 Sarasota Film Festival.

Danielle White during the filming of Blind Pass. Photo by Rod Millington/Beautiful Noise Productions

Danielle White during the filming of "Blind Pass." Photo by Rod Millington/Beautiful Noise Productions

Filmed in Sarasota, Manatee and Ireland, “Blind Pass” features “Beautiful Noise” star Danielle White, from Sarasota, and multiple Golden Globe nominee Armand Assante, who is expected to make an appearance along with Tatone, White and other cast members in Tampa.

In January, Tatone screened "Blind Pass" during an invitation-only event at Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota. "Whether it will have a reception equal to 'Beautiful Noise' is hard to say," wrote Carrie Seidman in her review of the film for the Herald-Tribune. "While it has a more complex story line, stronger acting and is, overall, a better effort, it suffers from erratic pacing, confusing editing and a perplexing conclusion that I had to get my cinephile son to sort out for me afterward."

Sarasota director Austin McKinley's shorts "Life in a Glass House" and "Quicklime" are also being shown Friday at the Tampa festival, with a 10:30 p.m. screening.

The Gasparilla festival is also where filmgoers can see popular downtown Bradenton bar The Lost Kangaroo and a local cast in Lakewood Ranch-based director Karl Wilson's debut feature "Breaking Up with Rosie." A comedy about a recently divorced novelist scheming to keep his success hidden from ex-wife top avoid sharing his earnings, it will be shown at 2:15 Saturday.

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Publicity photo for "The Silent Majority"

Sarasota filmmaker Leslie Glass' "The Silent Majority," a documentary that reports on four programs that help teens stay drug, alcohol and tobacco free, is the closing night film this year at Gasparilla.
Largely shot in Sarasota, it will be screened at 4:45 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Sarasota County Sheriff Thomas Knight is scheduled to be on a panel at the screening.

In 2011, Glass' documentary "The Secret World of Recovery" played to a packed house at the Van Wezel as part of the Sarasota Film Festival. Glass said she skipped submitting her latest work to the hometown festival. The rest of the Sarasota films playing at Gasparilla were rejected by the Sarasota festival.

The Sarasota Film Festival, taking place April 5-14, will screen about a dozen Sarasota-made short films but no features.

Muvico Theater, 1600 E 8th Ave., Tampa; $12; (813) 260-4433; gasparillafilmfestival.com.
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