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A Motion Picture Paradise!: The History of Florida

September 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 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 forthcoming book, A Motion Picture Paradise!: A History of Florida’s Film and Television Industry is expected for publication in 2023 with the University Press of Florida.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Ocala Public Library. 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:

September 30 @ 10:30 am -
September 30 @ 12:00 pm

Other

Presenter Information:
David Morton, Film Historian
Event Fee:
Free
Event Type:
In-person

Event Contact:

Sheryl Creech
Phone:
(352) 789-7276

Event Venue:

Ocala Public Library
2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, Florida 34470
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Venue Phone:
(352) 789-7276

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