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”I grew up an hour south of Tampa in a small town called Venice, which is mostly a retirement community. My parents are chiropractors and a pretty loving, normal family. I mean, you know, I hated my childhood but it was perfectly safe and privilege.”
Moonlight producer Adele Romanski
Meet the Moonlight producers who Meet in College by Carl Swanson

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Here’s a quirky little photo of a seahorse (and a horse and monkey) that I took earlier in the week on during a quick trip to Sarasota, Florida. I believe it’s part of the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy.  It was early in the morning when I took this photo and everything was closed, but I was able to get this photo from the sidewalk at it faces the major road into town. (And the museum’s website says they are closed for the summer.)

Sarasota is a city steeped in the arts. It’s home to the Ringling College of Art and Design, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, a few art museums and galleries, and The Circus Arts Conservatory.

The Florida State University/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training is also located in Sarasota. So there are some things happening on the West Coast…of Florida. And perhaps that foundation in the arts is part of the reason that two from the area where recently recognized  by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Science.

Adele Romanski won an Best Picture Oscar this year as one of the producers of Moonlight. She went to Pine View School (a public school for gifted students)  in Sarasota County, which has been ranked as one of the top schools in the nation.

Visual effects artist Steven Rosenbluth (Iron Man 2, Avatar) graduated from New College of Florida in Sarasota and earlier this year won a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his motion system used on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

And since we’re talking about Sarasota and quirky—and movies—I guess I should mention that Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) attended Sarasota High School where he was named president of the National Thespian Society. And he also did local theater in Sarasota and his road to to making Pee- wee’s Big Adventure. (See the post Your ‘Big But’ and New Year Dreams.) 

Here’s the trailer for Pee-wee’s Big Holiday on Netflix last year.

Scott W. Smith

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