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Now that the Sarasota Film Festival of 2011 has come to an end, I have some catch-up posting to do! The second big party was Cinema Tropicale, held at the gorgeous Sarasota Yacht Club, where there was lots of dancing, eating, drinking and enjoying the beautiful scenery:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

A chef whipping up Bananas Foster (how he didn’t lose an eyebrow – or both – is beyond me):

SFF Cinema Tropicale

Mangrove Slasher II director Sean Haitz (right) and director of photography and editor Chris Potter (left) chat with the media:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

Student circus performers…

SFF Cinema Tropicale

…and ballroom dancers:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

Guests kicking some SFF beach balls back into the pool:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

The band Cabal was incredible, with lead singer Ari McManus’ mesmerizing voice…

SFF Cinema Tropicale

…and inspiring instrumentals that had guests moving:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

Photos from Night of 1,000 Stars, Saturday’s Filmmaker Tribute, and Geena Davis’ and Christopher Plummer’s Conversation series to come.

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This year’s Sarasota Film Festival opened last Friday night with the film Page One at the Sarasota Opera House. Here’s a handful of shots from the night…

SFF’s president, Mark Famiglio, being interviewed on the red carpet:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

Page One star and New York Times journalist Brian Stelter:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

SFF’s Tom Hall and Holly Herrick:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

Page One‘s Brian Stelter, David Carr, and director Andrew Rossi with Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun and Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

Tom Hall conducting a Q&A with Brian Stelter, David Carr, and Andrew Rossi:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

And some shots of the post-screening courtyard party:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

SFF 2011 Opening Night

SFF 2011 Opening Night

Cinema Tropicale is next – Wednesday night at the Yacht Club!

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Just a couple shots of the delicious food (Whole Foods) and decor (Keren Lifrak Special Events & Kim Miele):

SFF Party - food

SFF Party - flowers

Looking forward to the 2011 SFF in April!

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The main reason for this trip to Cleveland in not-so-toasty February was to photograph Chad’s bar mitzvah this past weekend. (I’m loving the events lately – a New Year’s wedding in Boston, a Sarasota Sweet 16, and now the Cleveland bar mitzvah – such great times!)

Chad and his family were amazing – so welcoming, fun, and sweet… and when did 13-year-olds become so awesome?! They partied from early evening until late in the night, dancing up a storm (I especially loved the impromptu “Dougie” performance by three of Chad’s friends – someone please share a video) and celebrating with Chad.

Here’s a collage of some highlights:

Chad's Bar Mitzvah

And a shot of Chad and his family after the morning services:

Chad's Bar Mitzvah

Excited to photograph the family session over the weekend!

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Last week, I posted some shots of gorgeous Vivi before her big Sweet 16 party. Here are a few more from last week’s session:

Vivi

Vivi

I love looking at these two shots of the family back to back:  🙂

Vivi

Vivi

Now for Vivi’s party Saturday night… Everyone had so much fun, they extended the party until 2am! There was food and dancing, dancing, dancing, with two really great DJs, a performance by Simple as Surgery, and late-night dance tunes by a live band accompanying cotillón (or “crazy hour”), a Latin party tradition.

Here’s a collage of some of my favorite shots (everyone wore black and white, and Vivi had two purple dresses :-)). (That’s a virgin sour apple martini, by the way…)

Vivi's Sweet 16

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This past Saturday, I photographed a dress rehearsal for “Sprout,” a three-piece Butoh dance performance choreographed by Keren Shani-Lifrak as part of the Ringling International Arts Festival’s Family Funfest.

Here’s some of what Keren says about “Sprout”: “My exploration with the ‘Sprout’ series is about expressing current social, political issues about the world we live in as well as personal circumstances. The work is abstract. It maintains the aesthetics of Butoh and leaves the experience to the audience’s direct interpretation without ‘sweetening’ or mediation. The intention is to allow us to witness and embrace our imperfections but also celebrate our core, our purity of heart and our ability to emerge from dark moments… All of this through stillness, controlled, contorted and isolated movement.”

And as for the dance style… Butoh is a contemporary dance form which originated in Japan in the late 1950s. Butoh typically involves grotesque or playful imagery, taboo topics and extreme or absurd environments. It is traditionally “performed” in white-body makeup with slow, hyper-controlled, often distorted movement.

Now for some imagery…

A couple of group stills (choreographer Keren is the one sporting that amazing baby bump, top right):

Butoh "Sprout"

Don’t they just belong in this setting?

Butoh "Sprout"

Each of the dancers looking beautifully statuesque:

Butoh "Sprout"

Collection of photos from the first piece:

Butoh "Sprout" piece 1

Butoh "Sprout" piece 1

Some shots from the second part:

Butoh "Sprout" piece 2

And lastly, some images from the final piece:

Butoh "Sprout" piece 3

Congratulations to Keren and the team of amazing women!

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The great-grandmother of clients Ben, Spencer & Morgan, and Rafi turned 89 a couple of weeks ago, and the family held a big bash for her at the Beechmont Country Club. They asked me to help commemorate the special day with some family photos.

Here’s Horty with her great-grandchildren. She was so proud. 🙂

Horty with great-grandchildren

And the whole crew:

Horty's birthday party

Happy 89th birthday to Horty! Thanks to the whole family for letting me in on the fun. 🙂

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