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Friday March 31 2017
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At Lunch With: Sarasota Yacht Club
Fri, Mar 31 11:30 AM (120 min)
Celebrate the accomplishments of a film icon at our Tribute Luncheon with Rory Kennedy. Enjoy an intimate lunch at the Sarasota Yacht Club while mingling with industry VIPs and film lovers from all over the globe.
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Opening Night Film- Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton
Fri, Mar 31 6:30 PM (150 min)
Big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton has always seemed like an action figure sprung to life, complete with extraordinary physical abilities, a penchant for criss-crossing the globe, and a complete lack of fear. In director Rory Kennedy’s exhilarating, careening and intimate documentary, we follow the charismatic Hamilton during a winter surf season on Hawaii’s Kauai Island, where Hamilton grew up and where an approaching El Nino storm system may now provide unprecedented waves for him to conquer. A competitive surfer since he was a teenager, Hamilton’s 30-plus years of celebrity has gone alongside a willingness to always challenge himself on his board. He’s dabbled in modeling and acting, introduced technical innovations into the sport, and famously rode a “wave of heaviest consequence” in Tahiti in 2000. With extraordinary footage, Kennedy brings to the surface Hamilton’s story both in and out of the water, showing how both have been filled with epic moves. Dive in!
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Opening Night Party on Pineapple Avenue
Fri, Mar 31 9:00 PM (180 min)
SFF kicks off our 10-day celebration of film and glamour with a block party gala at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Join us for an elegant takeover of North Pineapple Ave, featuring fine hors d’oeuvres, bottomless beer, wine, and our SFF signature cocktail. Bring your groove downtown! Musical performance by Jah Movement. Cash bar available for all other beverage purchases.
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