Of the six short films chosen for the Florida Showcase Shorts (Block 2) in this year’s Sarasota Film Festival, two had ties to Manatee Technical College. One was a student project directed by MTC digital video technology instructor Amity Hoffman. Another was directed by one of her graduates, Tori Silva.
The opening night for the “shorts” in Block 2 was last night at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. They will be shown again on Saturday, April 13, at 10:45 a.m. in Auditorium 6. The six shorts range from 3:05 to 20:31 minutes each.
In THE BEST MAN, directed by Hoffman, “a camera follows George in a single-shot as he tries to prepare his Best Man’s speech for his brother’s wedding.” THE BEST MAN was the only single-shot film in the block. In a single-shot film, the entire film is shot in one take without stopping the camera. William Hennessey, a student at the time and now a graduate, was the camera operator. He also helped Hoffman write the script.
In Silva’s film, EXTRA CREDIT, “a walk home from school turns deadly for two kids after a teacher assigns them an essay on their favorite serial killer.” The use of a hand-held camera and choice of music for the film soundtrack supported the film’s mystery.
To learn more about the films and for ticket information, go to https://sarasotafilmfestival.com/films/. This is the 21st year of the Sarasota Film Festival. The festival runs through this weekend.
The group photo includes Hoffman, Silva, and actors for both films. Back row: Anna Landis, Caleb Yates, Tori Silva, Amity Hoffman, Brian Beach Daniel Greene, Pamela Greene; Front Row: Candace Artim, Lynne Doyle, and Craig Artim.