Sarasota Film Festival 2019: ‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ to Open Festival, Greg Kinnear’s ‘Phil’ To Close

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is right around the corner. The festival has become a strong Spring festival over the past twenty years. Today, programmers of SFF announced several of the early standouts. “Mike Wallace Is Here” will open, “Phil” from Greg Kinnear will close, and “The Tomorrow Man” will play as a Centerpiece film.

“Mike Wallace Is Here” kicks things off on April 5. The documentary from Avi Belkin made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. The documentary examines the life and career of iconic newsman Mike Wallace. One of his legacies, “60 Minutes” became a lightning rod of controversy during its time.

“Phil,” starring Greg Kinnear, will close Sarasota Film Festival with its world premiere on April 13. The Emmy and Oscar-nominated actor also makes his directorial debut with the feature. Emily Mortimer and Bradley Whitford appear as well.

Noble Jones’ “The Tomorrow Man”, starring Blythe Danner and John Lithgow was selected as a Centerpiece screening. The festival will honor Danner with the SFF Icon Award. She has appeared in dozens of films, including “Meet the Parents,” What They Had,”  “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and more.

The SFF Career Tribute Award will go to actress Anne Heche. The Emmy-winning actress and Tony nominee will join Danner, Kinnear, and Belkin by participating in the “Conversation With” series at the festival.

Sarasota Film Festival enters its 21st year and screens independent and world cinema features, documentaries, shorts, and special programs. The festival runs from April 5 through April 14 in Sarasota, Florida. AwardsCircuit’s own Mark Johnson will serve on the festival jury.

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