Sarasota Film Festival To Feature TII At Outdoor Screenings

Sources: Herald Tribute – By Kali Ray Skinner| All Things Michael


SARASOTA – The Michael Jackson film “This Is It,” which chronicled the famed singers rehearsals and preparation for his 2009 concert series that was cancelled when he died, will be shown at a free screening Tuesday in the courtyard of Booker High School.

The screening is part of Booker High’s Black History Month celebration. Throughout the month, Booker will have facts about the celebration on the morning news and essay contests, along with other activities to celebrate.

This is the first Moonlight Movie night held at Booker High. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. Concessions will be available.

“We’re very hopeful that it will be a good turnout. Booker will market it like crazy the day before the movie and the day of,” said Darby Larkin, Booker High Schools’ assistant principal.

The Sarasota Film Festival is teaming with Booker High to present the film. Other partners include Culture Builds Florida, Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues, Arts and Cultural Alliance, Women’s Exchange and the Sarasota Police Department.

Samuel Curtis, the Education Director of the Sarasota Film Festival, is working with Booker High to enhance students interest in film. He founded “The Sarasota Film Festival Film Academy” for school film programs last summer.

Curtis worked with Booker students over the summer to create a film, “Newtown at 100: A Glimpse Through Our Eyes,” to celebrate Newtown’s centennial anniversary. The trailer will be shown before Tuesday’s film screening. The full-length Newtown documentary will air April 16 at the Sarasota Opera House as part of the Film Festival.

Tuesday’s screening and the documentary showing in April are part of an ongoing connection the Film Festival is cultivating with Booker and other schools in the county.

Curtis said he plans plans to get involved with more schools this summer. So far, the program has reached Booker High, Riverview High and SCTI.

The film festival uses this Moonlight Movie opportunity to give back to the community before the festival season, organizers said. Screenings of “This is It” will also be held at Siesta Key Beach and Lido Beach.

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