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documentary films which inspire a sense of "place" through stories and images

On Discovering New Springs: The Comfort of Relic Lyrics

Filed under: Florida Nature — Stacey at 4:41 pm on Monday, November 30, 2009

by Bill Belleville
(reprinted from Florida Nature)

The long black strip known as SR 46 is an asphalt blur as it rolls across two northeast Florida counties, only dipping conspicuously when it approaches the river valley. I have entertained myself by reading bumper stickers on the vehicles that appear and disappear in front of me. From a battered pick-up: “Barrel Racer, Cowboy Chaser”. And from a large American sedan: “Beer: Helping White Men Dance Since 1942?.

I thankfully exit the volley of traffic at the entrance to the Seminole State Forest, driving in past the self-pay kiosk and pick up Steve, who is ready to unlock the combo on the cattle gate across the dirt road, as soon as I give him the number. I have most recently finished writing a new book, and Steve has finished teaching a grad course on Bartram. It has been months since we have hiked together, and when Steve walks to the lock, he claps his hands, as if in gracious applause of an impending performance. [Read more…]

New Art Book That Illustrates Images from the St. Johns River To Be Subject of a Public Program & Reception in November in Downtown Sanford

Filed under: Latest Updates — Stacey at 6:23 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009

(Sanford, Fla.) – The rich cultural history of the St. Johns River will be the subject of a slide presentation by art historian Mallory O’ Connor and author/naturalist Bill Belleville on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the historic downtown of Sanford.

The presentation, sponsored by the Sanford Historical Society, is from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. It’s immediately followed by a reception and book sale and signing from 6:30 to 8 pm.

The program begins in the Community Room of the North Branch (Sanford) of the Seminole County Library, located at 150 N. Palmetto, Sanford, 32771. The reception follows a block away at Maya Books & Music at the corner First St. and Magnolia Square (205 E. First St., Sanford, 32771). Dr. Robert Boswell, will also exhibit his nature photography of the St. Johns at Maya and will be there with O’Connor and Belleville to chat informally about the river. Wine and soft drinks will be served at the reception, and the Taste of Thyme restaurant will cater with snack foods.


The presentation at the library will be based on the recent coffee-table style art book Florida’s American Heritage River: Images From the St. Johns Region. The book was written by O’ Connor and DeLand photographer Gary Monroe;  Belleville consulted on the book and wrote an extensive introduction. Belleville’s earlier book River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River was also used as for background research.

The coffee table style art book includes many color reproductions of art created in and around the river valley over the centuries, from earlier sketches to 19th century landscape art to contemporary art. River of Lakes and other nature titles will also be available for sale and signing.

The ecological, historical and cultural characteristics of the St. Johns River combine to make it one of America’s most unique waterways. For over 10,000 years, people have lived, worked, traveled and dreamed on or alongside the St. Johns, and its recorded history is among the oldest in the North America.

Because of the river’s cultural and historical significance, the St. Johns was officially designated an American Heritage River on July 30, 1998, one of only 14 rivers nationwide to receive this recognition. This designation provided a unique opportunity to publish a book focusing on the river’s ecological, cultural and historic role in order to call attention to the need for natural resource and environmental protection, economic revitalization, and historic and cultural preservation.

The one-hour documentary produced by Equinox Documentaries, Inc. about the St. Johns and the journey author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings once made on it is now being distributed by PBS affiliates nationally. In Marjorie’s Wake retraced the trip author Rawlings and her neighbor Dessie Smith once made on the river. It features some on-camera observations by landscape artist Jim Draper about the capacity of the river to shape art. One of Draper’s oils of the Wekiva River is featured on the cover of Florida’s American Heritage River.

For more information, contact 407.321.6504 or 407.322.8825.

Join us at the Orlando Film Festival This Weekend!

Filed under: Latest Updates — Stacey at 8:10 am on Thursday, November 5, 2009

FRIDAY NIGHT! — YFP winner Division Street
Join us Friday, November 6 at the 2009 Orlando Film Festival for the premiere of the 2009 Young Filmmaker’s Prize winner, Division Street. The premiere begins at 7pm and filmmaker Eric Bendick will be present to accept his award and participate in a Q&A session following the screening. Attendees of the premiere event will receive a free pass to the VIP after-party, hosted by the Orlando Film Festival.

SUNDAY! — Carr Cabin and Division Street
On Sunday, November 8, Carr Cabin will screen as part of Shorts Program #5 (Environment) at 2:45pm, and an encore presentation of Division Street will screen at 3:05pm.

All Orlando Film Festival screenings are free and open to the public. The festival takes place from Wednesday, November 4 through Sunday, November 8 at the Plaza Cinema Cafe in downtown Orlando (155 S. Orange Ave.) For more information and showtimes, visit www.orlandofilmfest.com.

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