Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Things To Do

Sunscreen Film Festival lineup comes of age

The ninth annual Sunscreen Film Festival begins today, with an unofficial motto of respecting your elders.

May is Older Americans Month, something the festival of shoestring cinema didn't realize when eight films dealing with seniors' lives and issues were selected for screening.

"Things do move in trends like that," festival director Tony Armer said. "A couple of years ago (the trend) was movies about making movies. Now it's about the lives of senior citizens."

Leading the pack is The Longest Game, a documentary about aging Vermont men passing their final days playing paddle (or platform) tennis, a hybrid of tennis and squash. Camille Thoman's movie is about more than the game; it also covers the nature of friendship, and the importance of always moving forward in life.

"Older people inspire me by having less to prove," said Thoman, whose movie won an audience award at the recent Gasparilla Film Festival, returning for Sunscreen.

"They live more moment to moment," Thoman said. "They're not as interested in how much money I make or what my political affiliations are. None of that matters anymore. It's a relief to relate to another human being that way."

Also in the lineup: Cyberseniors, a documentary about seniors learning the ways of the Internet from teenagers; Perseverance: The Story of Billy Taylor, a docu-biography of former All-American running back Billy Taylor, who later endured addiction, homelessness and prison; The Heart Of Bruno Wizard, about an aging punk musician in London; and the short subjects 57 Degrees North, Thirty Two and Life is for the Living.

That batch of movies only scratches the surface of Sunscreen's lineup of more than 100 features, docs and short films. Not to mention a party every night at various downtown bars and workshops focused on various aspects of filmmaking and distribution.

Visit sunscreenfilmfestival.com to peruse the entire list of events.

Tonight's red carpet opener at the Palladium is Confessions of a Womanizer, in which a ladies man (Andrew Lawrence) falls in love with a transgendered prostitute. Miguel Ali's comedy co-stars the inimitable whack job Gary Busey, '80s fave C. Thomas Howell and WWE divas the Bella Twins. Half of that tag team, Nicole Bella, is scheduled to attend, along with former WWE champion John Cena and other pro wrestling stars.

Showtime is 8 p.m., with the red carpet opening at 6:30. Tickets are $10 for this special event, or $40 for the movie and opening night party at Nova 535 nightclub.

Admission is free to earlier screenings of short films today at the Palladium (253 Fifth Ave. N) and American Stage (163 Third St. N). Free shows begin at 12:30 p.m., continuing until red carpet time.

Never before have Sunscreen visitors so needed a map of St. Petersburg. In recent years the festival was centered around BayWalk plaza, now called Sundial, and its multiplex. A deal to return wasn't struck with the venue's new ownership, so screenings, workshops and parties are scattered at 11 locations around the city.

"I'm really excited about it," Armer said. "It gives us a little of that Sundance or South by Southwest (festival) feel, with things happening around town."

Steve Persall can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8365. Follow @StevePersall on Twitter.

Comments

Sports on TV/radio for Wednesday, June 20

TODAYBaseballDodgers at Cubs2 p.m.MLBMarlins at Giants3:30 p.m.FSFMariners at Yankees7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMCollege baseball, World SeriesOregon State vs. North Carolina7 p.m.ESPNGolfPGA Professionals Championship6:30 p.m.GolfHor...
Updated: 4 hours ago
‘Big’ returning the theaters in July

‘Big’ returning the theaters in July

We've been talking a lot about the 1988 movie Big lately here at Stuck in the '80s. First, we told you five things you didn't know about the Tom Hanks classic. Then we recorded a whole podcast about the movie.Now, we've learned, Big is returning to t...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup: Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, Sheila E. and more

Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup: Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, Sheila E. and more

Get ready to break out your finest purple during this year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday.A night celebrating Prince, led by proteges Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time, will be among the highlights of this year's 39th annual Jazz Holiday, Oct. 18-21 i...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Candidates rush to fill void left by Murman’s withdrawal from District 7

Candidates rush to fill void left by Murman’s withdrawal from District 7

TAMPA – The chance to run for an open seat on the Hillsborough County Commission doesn't come along often.That might explain why there are now 10 wannabe commissioners vying for the countywide District 7 seat.Democrat Mark Nash became the ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
SoundBytes: Alice in Chains, David Sedaris, Israel Houghton and more

SoundBytes: Alice in Chains, David Sedaris, Israel Houghton and more

— Alice in Chains are heading back out on the road, and they're coming to Orlando. They'll play the House of Blues on Oct. 27. Tickets are $49.50 and up. Click here.— Gospel great Israel Houghton is coming to the Straz Center on Oct. 12. ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Coco Montrese on St. Pete Pride, the Pulse shooting and compassion from police

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Coco Montrese on St. Pete Pride, the Pulse shooting and compassion from police

Get ready for St. Pete Pride featuring a performance by Coco Montrese.
Published: 06/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday

Editors' picks for June 20.
Published: 06/19/18
George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, more bringing Comedy Get Down tour to Tampa

George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, more bringing Comedy Get Down tour to Tampa

They're back.
Published: 06/19/18
Your guide to St. Pete Pride: What's changed for 2018

Your guide to St. Pete Pride: What's changed for 2018

Everything you need to know about St. Pete Pride 2018.
Published: 06/19/18
SoundBytes: Mat Kearney, Gladys Knight, Big Boi, Ski Mask the Slump God and more

SoundBytes: Mat Kearney, Gladys Knight, Big Boi, Ski Mask the Slump God and more

Some upcoming Tampa Bay concerts to have on the calendar.
Published: 06/19/18