Directors First: Robert Altman and the 2006 Sarasota Film Festival

By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall March 24, 2006 at 2:02AM

Directors First: Robert Altman and the 2006 Sarasota Film Festival
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One week to go and I'm in full on festival mode... Just this week, after lots of help and support from our friends at Picturehouse Films (THANK YOU!), we were able to confirm Robert Altman to attend the 2006 Sarasota Film Festival to recieve an award at our Tribute Dinner and to present his latest work, A Prairie Home Companion, as our Closing Night Film. I am so thrilled... I have been a life-long admirer of Mr. Altman's work, and this is going to be one amazing festival.

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I would have given my eye teeth to host Werner Herzog or Robert Towne or Robert Altman at our festival, but to host all three men in the same festival is truly an embarassment of riches. Mr. Herzog is recieving a 14 film documentary retrospective, Mr. Towne a screening of his latest film Ask The Dust, and of course, Mr. Altman will present A Prairie Home Companion as the Closing Night Film. Then there are Mary Harron and Michael Cuesta, Kelly Reichardt, Susan Seidelman, Goran Dukic and on and on-- so many amazing directors will be attending. The best part for me will be moderating the Q&A's with these amazing artists and sharing their ideas with our audiences, and having a dialogue with them about their tremendous work.

Add to this Chevy Chase, Paula Wagner, William H Macy, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, Joe Pantoliano, Jeremy Renner, Sally Kellerman-- what a year.

One week to Opening Night and Funny Money... more soon!