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An upcoming feature-length documentary about a strange kind of magic breathing under the tropical suburbia of Sarasota, FL.

Sarasota, FL Documentary
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Under Sarasota, a strange energy foams and takes shape...

Sarasota, Florida is famous for its sunny days, sandy beaches, and seaside relaxation. There's a certain tropical suburban splendor to it that is undeniably lovely. However, when you get down on your knees and start prying up rocks, there's simply more to this city than meets the eye.

Inside Sarasota's most secret and unvisited spaces, a kind of weird magic seems to stir. On obscure shores, thousands of crabs gather in ritualistic fashion. The roofs of parking garages are host to strange gatherings. Abandoned structures are quickly overtaken by wasp colonies. Decommissioned boxcars tell a secret history. Sarasota is a place where reality forgets itself for a moment.

What is Sarasota Half in Dream?

During the summer of 2012, two young adults began documenting some of the unexpected phenomena they ran into on their ramblings around the city. Mostly they just wanted to prove to their friends that the things they were finding were real. The material just kept piling up until they slowly realized they had the makings of a documentary feature on their hands. Sarasota Half in Dream is the culmination of over a year's worth of work by Derek Lawrence Murphy and Mitchell Zemil. Following in the tradition of city-poem documentaries like Chris Marker's Sans Soleil and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg, Sarasota Half in Dream is a personal film about a unique vision of Sarasota. It strives to be as strange and interesting as the people and locations it features.

However, it's not quite finished.

We Need Your Help!

Sarasota Half in Dream began production about one year ago, and Derek and Mitchell are looking to finish production this summer. While we have come a very long way with a DIY, microbudget attitude, funding of this project would make a big difference in what's possible for us. Among other things, a successful Kickstarter means being able to acquire useful equipment, commission original music, acquire shooting permits for unusual spaces, produce a DVD release, and submit the film to festivals across the country.

We believe that Sarasota Half in Dream expresses something universal: how your whole world can seem ordinary and mundane until you take just a step to the left and start looking at the marvelous things everyone else ignores. With your help, we can give this project the professional touch it deserves and proudly share it with the world. But it all starts with you.

Just who exactly ARE Derek and Mitchell?

This is Derek and Mitchell.
This is Derek and Mitchell.

Derek Lawrence Murphy is the writer and director of Sarasota Half in Dream. A Sarasota native, he attended Riverview High School before graduating from the University of Rochester with degrees in Film Production and Cognitive Science. He's produced several short films under the moniker of Moon's Eye Films.

Mitchell Zemil is the director of photography for Sarasota Half in Dream. Born and raised in Sarasota as well, he spent his high school days at Pine View School, where he directed a short film that earned him the Promising Young Filmmaker award at the Sarasota Film Festival. He currently studies film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Looking for More?

Sarasota Half in Dream's official website is www.SarasotaMovie.com, but in addition to this we also run a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Feel free to check these out for updates and the occasional nifty picture. If you're looking to contact us directly, you are cordially invited to email us at SarasotaHalfInDream@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your support! With your help, we believe Sarasota Half in Dream can really take flight and share an impression of Sarasota that this wonderfully odd and fantastical city deserves!


Risks and challenges

Risk factors are always a serious issue faced by any film, and we'll be taking every step necessary to assure that these risks are minimized, if not eliminated. Luckily, we have managed to accomplish a lot of shooting already, and we are fully confident in our ability to finish what we've started.
In the event of an unexpected roadblock, our backers will be the first to know. While we do not see any potential issues interfering with production, we are problem solvers by nature and plan on working our hardest to produce a film that will neither disappoint our backers nor ourselves.

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    Get Crazy! If you are insane/benevolent enough to donate this much money, Derek and Mitchell will try and build you a lava lamp. A real one. Warning: Neither of us knows how to actually do this, and we will be working independently of modern science. A working lamp is NOT guaranteed, but you will receive a video of us trying really hard to make it work.

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