Hello Palm Beach!
Allow me to introduce myself – I’m Barbara Scharres, the new artistic director for the 2024 edition of the Donald M. Ephraim Sun & Stars International Film Festival presented by MorseLife. I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you in person when the festival is held February 27 – March 5 at the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center and March 8 – 10 at the Paragon Theaters in Delray Beach.
Attending a film festival is a thrilling adventure in discovery. It can be about celebrating a new film by a world-famous director or star, discovering new talent, being surprised by a hit from an emerging nation, or all of those things in the course of a few exciting days.
I’m a longtime veteran of film curating and festival programming, as well as a film journalist who has traveled the world writing festival coverage for outlets including RogerEbert.com. Pre-production preparation is the key to any successful film, and the same is true with your enjoyment of the Donald M. Ephraim Sun & Stars International Film Festival.
Please enjoy our monthly newsletter as we begin the countdown. Themes and recommendations will vary from month to month and we’d love to hear your feedback.
While nothing beats the shared experience of discovery we will enjoy at the Festival, I invite you to join me on a meandering journey through some interesting home streaming possibilities available from online platforms. Aside from the industry strikes, the biggest film news this summer is the runaway success of Christopher Nolan’s OPPENHEIMER and Greta Gerwig’s BARBIE, both currently breaking box office records in theaters and bringing their respective stars, Cillian Murphy and Margot Robbie a career-high bonanza of publicity. Let’s take a look at a few of their past roles.