As I mentioned in my previous post, The Sarasota Film Festival has a tradition of honoring different artists for different reasons. This year, we're working with Edward Norton and Brian Koppelman to not only celebrate their careers with a salute on April 14th and a public In Conversation With... event on April 15th, but to honor their efforts on behalf of Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization that is working with families here on the Gulf of Mexico to rebuild homes and lives after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Edward Norton: Recipient of the Sarasota Film Festival's 2007 Humanitarian Award
This area is no stranger to the destructive power of hurricanes; Hurricane Charley ravaged the area in 2004, and the aftermath of that storm is the subject of one of our festival's World Premieres, Jamin H Griffiths' FEMA City. The film looks at the temporary housing community that still houses many of the victims of Hurricane Charley some two and-a-half years after the storm wiped out wide swaths of the already limited affordable housing in the Gulf Coast of Florida. It's a powerful story that rebukes any notion of "disaster fatigue" by humanizing the plight of the people who are still without homes.
It is a real honor to have Edward Norton and Brian Koppleman join us and to celebrate their careers; I think these events will be a lot of fun. But it's also nice to know the community here is working with the artists to help out such a worthy cause. If you're interested in making a donation to Enterprise Community Partners, click here and tell them The Sarasota Film Festival sent you!