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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