Fall Florida History Film Festival ’09 Announces Schedule

Are you a Florida movie buff?  


Well, you should plan on being on the Space Coast  during the month of October, for the 2009 Fall Florida History Film Festival.  Every Friday evening, the Florida Historical Society will view a film directed and filmed withing the borders of the Sunshine State.   All showings begin at 7:00 p.m. and a suggested donation for each film is $10–free admission for FHS members.   The scheduled line-up is as follows:

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Rose Tattoo (1955)


Filmed in Key West and based on the passion-filled Tennessee Williams play of  an Italian-American widow in Louisiana who has allowed herself to withdraw from the world after her husband’s death, and expects her daughter to do the same.  Starring Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster.

 Presenter: Dr. Phil Simpson, former President of the Popular Culture Association and author of the book Psycho Paths: Tracking the Serial Killer Through Contemporary American Film and Fiction. 

 Friday, October 9, 2009

The Barefoot Mailman (1951)

barefoot_mailmanMalicious intent follows the railway to south Florida in the 1890’s.  Based on the Theodore Pratt novel based on real life barefoot mailman James Hamilton.  Robert Cummings and TerryMoore star. 

presenter: Court Lewis, host of American Variety Radio, contributor to South Florida History magazine, and third generation Miamian. 

Friday, October 16, 2009

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)

beneath_the_twelve_mile_reefA dramatic story inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and set among the greek Sponge Divers in Tarpon Springs.  Local fisherman resort to violence and even murder to maintain their established fishing grounds off the Gulf Coast of Florida. Run-ins between the two families clans lead to an exchange of threats and all-out brawls. Further complications ensue when Tony Petrakis meets Gwyneth Rhys, and the two fall in love.  The third film shot in Cinemascope.  The movie stars Robert Wagner and Terry Moore. 

Presenter: Dr. Susan J. Fernandez, professor of History at the University of South Florida and co-author of the book Sunshine in the dark: Florida in the Movies. 

Friday, October 23, 2009

Follow that Dream (1962)

200px-FollowThatDreamElvisA family of vagabonds who break down while traveling in Florida.  Instead of moving on, they take up residence on the land next to the road.  Soon, they build a thriving business catering to sports fisherman. Based on the satirical novel by Richard Powell.  1962 musical starring Elvis Presley and featuring 6 of his songs.  Filmed in Levy County

Presenter: Chris Kahl, singer-songwriter specializing in Florida history and culture, artist-in-residence in Brevard county elementary schools, and Florida Humanities Council “road scholar”.

 Friday, October 30, 2009

The Cape Canaveral Monsters (1960)

capecanaveralmonstersWhen a couple are killed in an auto accident their bodies are immediately inhabited by extraterrestrial beings.  Taking refuge in an underground cave, the aliens attempt to sabotage the U.S. Space Program.  An alien invasion sci-fi film so bad that it’s good.  Features actual NASA stock footage.  Written and directed by Phil Tucker. 

Presenter: Pat Duggins, award-winning broadcast journalist and author of the book Final Countdown: NASA and The End of the Space Shuttle Program.


The Florida Historical Society is the oldest cultural organization in the state, and the only state-wide historical society.  The FHS is dedicated to preserving Florida’s past through the collection, archival maintenance, and publication of historical documents and other materials relating to the history of Florida and its peoples.  The Society operates the FHS Press which publishes a diverse collection of interesting books, maintains the Library of Florida History with its extensive archival collections, and manages the Historic Rossetter House Museum.  Since 1997, the Headquarters of the Society has been located in historic downtown Cocoa Village at the Library of Florida History, and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The Florida Historical Library is located at 435 Brevard Avenue in Cocoa, Florida.


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