We’ve gotten unanimously positive feedback from this film since we released it! I’m pleasantly surprised. When we screened it IN Sarasota for the film festival it was much more mixed. We had a lot of people outraged that we were “insulting the arts community that made the festival possible.” Also an old retired lawyer called the narration pedantic.
One time I saw Guy Maddin presenting My Winnipeg, his own documentary about his hometown. At the Q&A I asked him whether he was ever concerned with how the film would be received in Winnipeg. He said he did not care one whit what they thought. Wise words.
I feel like I’m running up against the limits of what I can personally do to promote this film. If anyone feels like going and posting the film anywhere, like on a reddit or another forum or whatever, I’d certainly appreciate it! Call me gauche but I want people to see my movie.
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Sarasota Half in Dream is a feature-length Surrealist documentary about dead turtles, crab swarms, decaying resorts, and microscopic histories. Watch explorations into the abandoned golf courses, factories, and resorts of Sarasota, Florida and interviews with local youths who are using them for new and strange purposes. What would the Surrealists and Situationists think of a suburban, subtropical tourist town? What goes on in a storage unit in the dead of night? What is the afterlife of a decommissioned train car? What ghosts haunt a ruined hotel? What is the life cycle of a city? When will waters wash it all away? Streaming online for free.