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Movieville Int'l Film Fest returns bigger, better

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Steve Tatone (left) with co-producer/lead actor Danielle White and actor Jay White (no relation) at the 2010 Sarasota Film Festival world premiere of "Beautiful Noise." All three will also be at the Movieville International Film Festival with Danielle and Jay singing Thursday. Sept. 19, 2013, at Florida Studio Theatre's Cabaret in Sarasota. STAFF PHOTO / CARRIE SEIDMAN

Movieville International Film Festival continues to grow with its third year featuring more screenings and events spread across Sarasota and Bradenton. The festivities start Thursday (Sept. 19) and run through Sunday with all the films, which range from locally made favorites to movies made abroad, being shown at Burns Court Cinemas. Parties will take place from the southern banks of the Manatee River to downtown Sarasota with the free ShowBiz Expo happening Friday afternoon at The HuB.

Alan Bailey

Alan Bailey

“So many film festivals in America, more than half, don't have a second year,” said Alan Bailey, who retired as senior vice president and treasurer from Paramount Pictures before founding Movieville and serving as its artistic director. “It’s a lot of work and a lot of stress but well worth to try and invigorate the film industry in the Sarasota area.”

The third annual Movieville International Film Festival begins 6 p.m. Thursday at Florida Studio Theatre with appetizers served and a cash bar during the Celebrity Meet and Greet (tickets are $20 online; $25 at the door). At 7.30 p.m., songs will be performed by cast members of the locally-made motion picture “Beautiful Noise,” which is being screened at 6:45 p.m. Saturday. “Blind Pass,” also by Sarasota-based filmmaker Steve Tatone and starring Danielle White, will be shown 6:30 p.m. Friday. “Beautiful Noise” has been re-edited by the filmmaker in advance of its upcoming DVD release.

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Danielle White, left, and Jay White play singer/musicians in the musical film "Beautiful Noise," which was shot primarily in the Sarasota area. COURTESY PHOTO BY ROD MILLINGTON

“It’s always great to be embraced by your hometown,” Tatone said in an email. “The people behind the Movieville International Film Festival are dedicated to presenting high-quality films created right here in Southwest Florida as well as amazing features from around the world. We’re thrilled with this very special double-feature opportunity and very happy that our Sarasota-Bradenton fans can catch both of our films the same weekend at Burns Court.”

On Friday, the free ShowBiz Expo featuring more than 35 exhibitors will take place at The Hub from noon to 5 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. is the opening night after party at The HuB. This will include an art slam accompanied by music provided by a local DJ. Tickets to the after party are $40/$45. Light food will be served, there's a cash bar and attendees receive one free drink ticket with each paid admission. Proceeds from the opening night after party will go to the Center for Building Hope.

Tarpon Pointe

Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar located at 801 Riverside Drive East in Bradenton is located at Manatee Landings Marina on the Manatee River at MM24, on the east end of the Bradenton Riverwalk. The property has 600 feet of docking space and a 3,000 square foot Tiki Hut with a full bar. (Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender)

Movieville relocates to the eastern anchor of Bradenton's beautiful Riverwalk at 6 p.m. Saturday for a waterfront party at Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar. Big T and the Tornados will perform and $25 admission includes a buffet-style dinner. Proceeds from this event will go to Manatee Children’s Services.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Movieville holds its black tie and red carpet Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. The $85 ticket includes a 4-course dinner catered by Café Baci and a performance by versatile singer Jonathan Cortez, who has a large following in Sarasota-Bradenton. Proceeds from this event go to United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida.

Bo Svenson

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bo Svenson and Nancy Kwan go through their lists of Golden Globe nominees during the announcement of nominations for the upcoming 39th annual presentations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 7, 1982. (AP Photo/Saxon Reed)

At the classic car museum, the festival will also be recognizing the accomplishments of actor Bo Svenson by presenting him with a lifetime achievement award. Svenson appears an American colonel in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” as a tribute to his role in the 1978 cult classic “The Inglorious Bastards.” Svenson’s numerous other film credits include Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” and the Clint Eastwood movie “Heartbreak Ridge.” Svenson took over the role of lawman Buford Pusser from Joe Don Baker in both sequels to the hit 1973 film “Walking Tall,” reprising the role for the 1981 television series of the same name.

“He’s an actor’s actor," Bailey said. “He’s there for any producer and really helps the rest of the cast raise the bar; he’s quite exceptional."

Movieville International Film Festival
Thursday-Sunday; various locations for events with all films being screened at Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota; Single tickets for screenings are $10; $8 for Sarasota Film Society members; 328-9043; movievillefilmfestival.com.

Movieville International Film Festival
Thursday-Sunday; various locations for events with all films being screened at Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota; Single tickets for screenings are $10; $8 for Sarasota Film Society members; 328-9043; movievillefilmfestival.com.

Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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