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Sundance gives voice: the 2018 festival

January 29, 2018

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By Eric Raddatz “Do you hear what they are saying?” Robin Williams asks of the living — not only a roomful of his students, but us. Then he whispers the answer, pointing to those who once filled their seats gazing silently and eternally from photos on the wall: “‘Carpe Diem.’ Seize the day!” That clip […]

Tribeca film festival 2017 reignites energy and volatile conversations

April 27, 2017

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By Eric Raddatz Traveling from Fort Myers to New York City to attend the Tribeca film festival is an exciting endeavor on several levels. 1.)  The films, panels and discussions at Tribeca are some of the best you will enjoy at any festival worldwide. Having started two festivals here I realize Tribeca sits right at […]

Sundance 2017—Climate at the forefront

January 27, 2017

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Humans—we have a problem. We. Are. All. Going. To. Die. Yes, this is a scientific fact. Am I still allowed to publish scientific fact? Anyway, it is indisputable. It also is the frightening reality portrayed in many of the films at this year’s Sundance lineup. With issues of climate at the forefront of the programming, […]

December 7, 2016

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While the #OscarsSoWhite, #SundanceSoDiverse

January 29, 2016

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(Photos by Eric Raddatz/Florida  Weekly) General Lee showed up at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Not the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard or the historical ranking official reincarnated from the Civil War but General Spike Lee, from modern-day Brooklyn, showing for the first time to the world his documentary on pop legend […]

Top picks for #SWFL arts and entertainment enthusiasts—JAN. 1-10, 2016

December 31, 2015

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As we reflect on the top moments of 2015 and on what we’ve enjoyed in the arts and entertainment, I’m excited about what is happening in 2016 in Southwest Florida. Below are a list of the top picks of things to do in the very first week for 2016! Try them and build resolve to […]

Top picks for #SWFL arts and entertainment enthusiasts—Dec. 11-18, 2015

December 10, 2015

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As we are in the thick of the holiday season it may seem like there is not enough time to get done all we want to do already, much less take in some arts and entertainment in the beautiful (and cooled) Southwest Florida. Enjoying our families during the next couple weeks is surely a priority, […]