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A Motion Picture Paradise! A History of Florida’s Film and Television Industry

July 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Motion Pictures at a Great Savings!: A History of Florida’s Film and Television Industry

Often overlooked in its contribution to film history, Florida has played a key role in creating the modern entertainment industry. This presentation discusses how Florida became a “third coast” to the American film and television industries over the past one hundred years. Starting with the first film pioneers in Jacksonville during the 1900s and 1910s to South Florida’s television boom during the 2000s and 2010s, Florida has inspired countless exciting stories captured by the camera.

David Morton received his Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida in 2019, where he also is an instructor in both History and Media Studies. He was a recipient of the 2016-17 Fulbright scholarship and serves as program director for the Flickering Landscapes Conference Series. His book, A Motion Picture Paradise!: A History of Florida’s Film and Television Industry was published in July 2024 with the University Press of Florida.

Members are free to attend. Admission is $8/adults, $5 young adults 11-17, and free for children. Non-members paying an admission fee to attend museum programming recieve a readmission pass to visit the museum at a later date. This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Southeast Volusia Historical Society. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

July 24 @ 5:00 pm -
July 24 @ 6:15 pm


Presenter Information:
David Morton, Film Historian, University of Central Florida
Event Fee:
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Event Contact:

Greg Holbrook
(386) 478-0052

Event Venue:

New Smyrna Museum of History
120 Sams Ave
New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168
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Venue Phone:
(386) 478-0052

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