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

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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, Motion Picture Paradise! A History of Florida’s Film and Television Industry was published by the University Press of Florida in July 2024.

Handicapped parking and access is free adjacent to the library. The program will be held in the Frances Kolonia Meeting Room C. Light refreshments available before and after the program. Funding for this Florida Talks program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

November 9 @ 11:00 am -
November 9 @ 12:30 pm


Presenter Information:
David Morton, Adjunct Professor of Communications and Media, University of Central Florida
Event Fee:
Event Type:

Event Contact:

Sheryl Creech
(352) 789-7276

Event Venue:

Headquarters-Ocala Public Library
Venue Phone:
(352) 789-7276

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