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Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival guide

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Steven Bauer AP 2014

Steven Bauer seen at An Evening with Ray Donovan on Monday, April 28, 2014, in North Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Showtime/AP Images)

Bigger? Better? You bet. That’s the message being sent by the Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival, which has relocated from downtown Sarasota’s Burns Court Cinemas, site of last year’s screenings in September, and been renamed to acknowledge its new setting. The festival starts today with a private bash at the Powel Crosley Estate followed by Saturday's "Show Biz Expo," which is free and open to the public at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. On May 16-18, there will be feature-length films screened at the Manatee Performing Arts Center’s Stone Hall with short films, including ones by students at State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota exhibited in the center’s smaller Bradenton Kiwanis Studio Theater.

Highlights include movies that have screened previously at a couple of the top international film festivals. “Mother of George,” a dramatic feature by director Andrew Dosunmu (“Restless City”) starring Danai Gurira (“Walking Dead,” “The Visitor”), was a favorite at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. “Enemy,” a mystery-thriller starring Oscar-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Love & Other Drugs”) in a dual role, was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

As for celebrity sightings, Steven Bauer, best known for playing Manny Ribera in the 1983 film “Scarface” as well as his role as Don Eladio in the AMC drama series “Breaking Bad” and currently as Avi in the hit Showtime series “Ray Donovan,” is scheduled to be attending the May 16 screening of his short film “Paloma” during the festival.

“‘Paloma’ is a very genuine, heartwarming story of a Spanish family,” Alan Bailey, artistic director of BAM/Movieville Film Festival, told the Herald-Tribune. “We are thrilled to show it and have Steven here. He’s an actor’s actor with no ego. He just loves to work and is an all-around good guy.”

Here's a guide to everything that is going on at the inaugural Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival, which marks the fourth year of the Movieville International Film Festival that was previously held in Lakewood Ranch and, most recently, Sarasota.

Grand Opening Celebration
Bradenton resident and guitar hero Rick Derringer, whose many career highlights include writing and singing lead vocals on the 1970s party anthem “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,” will be honored by the festival with a lifetime achievement award at this invitation-only soiree.
6-10 p.m. Today; Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; invite only.

Show Biz Expo
Interested in any aspect of film, television or web production? Don't miss this free trade show that will focus on getting productions completed right here in Southwest Florida.
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto; free

Concert: Legends of Country & Rock
Festival lifetime achievement award honoree Rick Derringer will perform along with country singer and Alabama politician George Wallace, Jr. (yes, son of that George Wallace), local blues singer Jesse Yawn and popular local cover band Billy Rice Band.
7 -11 p.m. Saturday; Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto; $25 (advance), $35 (at the door), $50 (VIP)

Sunset Tiki Cocktail Party
This bash along at this bar along the beautiful Manatee River will be honoring SCF film Students and women in entertainment.
6:30 – 10 p.m. May 14; Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar; 801 Riverside Drive E., Bradenton; $10

Remembering Hurricane Sandy Kick Off Party
The festivities begin with the screening of “Heart of the Shore,” a documentary following the difficult recovery after Hurricane Sandy on the New Jersey shore, at the South Florida Museum's all-digital domed theater in the Bishop Planetarium. A cocktail reception follows the film with entertainment based on a blues theme.
6:30 – 10 p.m. May 15; South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton; $20

Movies at Manatee Performing Arts Center
There will be 20 feature-length films screened at the Manatee Performing Arts Center’s Stone Hall with short films, including ones by students at State College of Florida, exhibited in the center’s smaller Bradenton Kiwanis Studio Theater.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 16-18; Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton, $15 for an all-day pass or $5 for a single screening ticket. For a complete schedule of films and times go to movievillefilmfestival.com.

Party on Old Main Street
Circus-inspired entertainment, street performers, and a grand stage with local young talent from the area as well as to-be-announced celebrities are scheduled for this block party on Old Main Street.
6:30-10 p.m. May 16; Downtown Bradenton; free

Cocktail Party Mixer
Saturday’s festivities include a waterfront party at Pier 22 along the Manatee River with VIP guests arriving by the yacht Algorythm. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Manatee Children’s Services.
6:30 – 10 p.m. May 17; Pier 22, 1200 1st Ave. W., Bradenton; $25

Black Tie Closing Gala
Sunday's festival finale is a gala awards event at “Da Vinci Machines,” an exhibition of 60 reproductions of the inventions of Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci at the Bradenton Auditorium. Guests will arrive in style marked by automobiles sponsored by BMW of Sarasota/Manatee. Festival organizers have also said thee will be "equally classic talent, including opera reminiscent of the period, fashion from haute couture designers and more surprises and special guests."
6:30-10 p.m. May 18; Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 1st Ave. W., Bradenton; $75 (seated dinner), $125 (VIP)

Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival
May 8-18, Manatee County
749-1111; http://movievillefilmfestival.com

 



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WADE TATANGELOis the editor of TICKET + and a contributor at TicketSarasota.com. He has been an entertainment editor, 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 and writes the weekly Bar Tab column. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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