Sarasota, FL – Carlos Pagán, a local resident and president of Life Sciences Television LLC, has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Global Film Competition. Pagán is also a recipient of the Zeus Award at The Olympus Film Festival, Los Angeles for Best Family Documentary in January 2019. The awards were given for Mr. Pagan’s moving documentary, All There Is – A Circus Story, which will also premiere at the 21st Annual Sarasota Film Festival April 5-14, 2019 with a special ‘Spotlight’ screening. Pagan is honored to be joined in this year’s SFF category along with other documentary filmmakers including: a 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Award nominated film, the 2019 Best Independent Film Award winner at the Hollywood Reel Film Festival and a documentary by legendary director Werner Herzog.

This highlights Pagan’s first entry into the Sarasota Film Festival. For many years he has produced, written and directed other award-winning documentaries and TV series for public broadcasting. He served as Executive Producer of Miami’s PBS affiliate, WPBT- Channel 2, for 12 years where his work earned ten nominations and five regional Emmy awards, along with several other national and international awards.

Pagan’s narrative documentary for SFF chronicles the inside stories of Sarasota’s multi-generational circus families and their future following the announcement of the closing of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in May 2017.

The Producer-Director had this to say about his latest project: “At LifeSciences Television we aim to produce documentaries that enlighten the heroic nature of the human condition under its more challenging encounters. This is such a documentary for many of the iconic circus arts families in Sarasota, Florida, the winter home of the Ringling shows for over half a century.

It speaks to the noble resilience of Sarasota’s iconic local performers, young and old, at a time when traditional circuses have come under pressure, especially after the Ringling shows announced their closing in 2017.

Our documentary feature: All There Is – A Circus Story is about smaller circuses that vow to play-on and evolve into the next chapter. It’s a heartwarming rendering of our local history and its ongoing contributions to the circus arts.”

In winning an Accolade, Life Sciences Television LLC joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of the internationally respected Accolade award including the Oscar winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke, the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons, and Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Accolade Global Film Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

All There Is – A Circus Story will be featured with a special ‘Spotlight’ screening on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 8:15 PM at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium 801 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236. For tickets, please visit the Sarasota Film Festival’s website at or call: (941) 366-6200 $22 / $19 for SFF Members.

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