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Sunscreen Film Festival schedule announced

Bill DeYoung



Marla Sokoloff’s comedy "Rose’ All Day" is the 2022 Sunscreen Film Festival's opening night feature. All photos are publicity images.

Produced by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and its Marine Life Rescue Project, in association with WTSP, Stranded: A Whale Rescue Tale will screen during the 17th annual Sunscreen Film Festival, April 28-May 1 at the Sundial theaters in downtown St. Petersburg.

“Stranded: A Whale Rescue Tale.”

The 25-minute film documents the 2019 stranding of five male short-finned pilot whales – a deepwater species rarely seen near the coast – on Redington Beach. The documentary was screened once previously, at the aquarium last September.

Three of the animals were deemed healthy enough to release back into the Gulf, while the other two were treated at the CMA’s Tarpon Springs medical facility.

Stranded is part of the “Documentary Shorts” package screening May 1.

Sunscreen 2022 will feature 39 independent films, from across the USA and around the world, along with a total of 149 shorts.

The opening night feature is director Marla Sokoloff’s Rose’ All Day. The comedy stars Chelsea Alden, Veronica Dunne, Alice Hunter and Jenna Uskowitz as college friends who reunite once a year for a wine-infused pool party.

“Pretty Problems.”

Other highlights: The comedy Pretty Problems, directed by Kestrin Pantera, features Vanessa Lee Chester, Alex Klein, Graham Outerbridge, Katrina Hughes and others. Here’s the official description:

Jack and Lindsey get invited to a Sonoma Chateau by affluent strangers, they end up on the most unhinged weekend of their lives. Can their relationship survive?

Numerous local and Florida creatives are represented; Tampa filmmaker A.J. Constantino’s “horror thriller” Black Forest premieres April 30.

Also booked is the documentary The Long Rider, about Brazilian cowboy and journalist Filipe Leite’s eight-year quest to travel from Canada to his homeland – on horseback; Waterman, a documentary, narrated by Jason Momoa, about five-time Olympic medalist, surfing champion and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku; and director Michael Baumgarten’s Hollywood Laundromat: “A night of comedy, drama, and mayhem when a down-on-his-luck wannabe actor works the overnight shift at a 24 hour laundromat in Hollywood.”

Panels and workshops include How to Get Talent and Representation, How to maximize State and local incentives for your film. And where to find them, How to Write a professional script and maybe even get it sold and Ask the Lawyer.

Tickets are on sale now. For more details, and the full event schedule, click here.

“The Long Rider.”






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