When Ben Folds Retweets You

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Ben Folds gave me a RT!

I honestly don’t remember how I stumbled upon this tidbit, but during the course of an interview with director Will Slocombe about his movie, it turns out there was a neat detail about Ben Folds. You’ll read about it below, but because the film’s world premiere was at the Sarasota Film Festival, it also meant that the song would be premiered there, too.

Ben also retweeted me, which means I geeked out because I’m a fan of his music. Saw him in concert when he stopped at Ball State and I was hooked since.

Because how Patch operated and this being a regional story, I was able to publish one version highlighting the song’s role in the movie to leverage clicks and another version that is more straightforward about the movie’s premiere.

Of note, after the festival, the title of the movie was changed to “Cold Turkey.”

New Ben Folds Song Premieres In ‘Pasadena’ At Sarasota Film Festival

Writer and director Will Slocombe discusses the journey of his movie “Pasadena” to its world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival.

A Moving Hockey Doc: Lace Bite

‘Lace Bite’ Hockey Documentary Aims To Knock Out Cystic Fibrosis

“Lace Bite” documentary being shown at Sarasota Film Festival chronicles the longest hockey game ever played to raise funds to battle cystic fibrosis.

When ‘Blackfish’ Made a Splash at its Florida Debut

Before “Blackfish” was shown to national audiences in theaters and on CNN, I was fortunate enough to watch the Florida premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival.

The press row access also allowed me to talk to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and some of the trainers featured in her movie.

‘Blackfish’ Makes A Splash At Sarasota Film Festival

Documentary on the life of killer whale Tilikum provokes questions about purpose of whale shows at SeaWorld.
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If there ever would be an audience to challenge whether they would go to SeaWorld Orlando ever again, it would be one in Florida just two hours away from the theme park.

A packed Van Wezel crowd screened the Sarasota Film Festival’s Opening Night film Blackfish on Friday night, with gasps, shock, even a few laughs, and a hearty applause.

The documentary is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who used to take her twins to SeaWorld and after not feeling what the enthusiastic crowds felt, she questioned the purpose and history of these shows, focusing on the record and effect of one particular killer whale: Tilikum.

Tilikum weighs 12,000 pounds and he made national news for killing trainer Dawn Brancheau on Feb. 24, 2010, prompting an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which regulates safety in the workplace. The outcome dictated that the trainers couldn’t enter the water with the whales for shows.
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The Hunt For The Perfect Chicken Wings in Great Chicken Wing Hunt

One of the perks working in Sarasota, Fla., was the opportunity to talk to filmmakers coming into town for the Sarasota Film Festival.

‘Great Chicken Wing Hunt’ To Throw Party At Clasico Cafe, White Buffalo Saloon

“The Great Chicken Wing Hunt” will have two showings at the Sarasota Film Festival and also host two parties featuring free wings.
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The greatest chicken wing in America will make an appearance in Sarasota before being devoured by hungry diners and moviegoers.

Director Matt Reynolds’ film The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, will be screened at the Sarasota Film Festival at 1:15 p.m. Monday and 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20, where his quest for the best Buffalo wings leads him to abandon his job in Europe and return to America for the ride of his life.

“We went to 72 places and tried 260-something kinds of wings in 60 days, so it was quite a marathon of wing eating,” Reynolds told Patch.

Reynolds, a native of New York’s Finger Lakes region, decided to quit his job in Europe and take a Slovak film crew and his Czech girlfriend Lucie Mayerova to go for a ride for the best Buffalo wing, a quintessential American party food that’s been around since 1964.

Reynolds, who worked as an international journalist, travels more than 2,500 miles, largely around New York, with a few stops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario, and ending in the home of wings—Buffalo.

“I think for people who like wings there’s a lot to learn about wings,” he said. “We make the case in the movie that it was the first uniquely American food to be spread all over the world.”

Reynolds will also host two free after parties following the screenings of his film.

The first up is at Clasico Cafe and Bar, on the corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free wings, including what Reynolds considers the world’s greatest, will be offered, as well as free vodka cocktails sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Reynolds said.

A second party will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Wednesday at White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Road, with dancing, free Tito’s cocktails and wings.


The Great Chicken Wing Hunt

Tickets: $12.50. Available at SFF Box Office at Hollywood 20 or purchase online.

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 70 minutes

Showings: 1:15 p.m. Monday and 9:15 p.m. Tuesday

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