Primeval Paradise

253406
Date
1951
Collection
Video
Description
Ed Ball, owner of Wakulla Springs, produced this film. It starts with a trio of conquistadors bathing in the spring and then shows animals (aquatic birds, freshwater fish, snapping turtles and alligators) above and below the surface of the river. It has good underwater photography.
Video Details
10:04; color; sound; V-40 BA061; WV-11

Florida: First and Last Frontier

232447
Date
1976
Collection
Video
Description
This film presents a visual history of Florida, using costumed actors to recreate scenes with conquistadors, soldiers, smiths, a weaver and Mark Twain. It also uses LeMoyne drawings and archival photos. One scene is filmed in Wakulla Springs Lodge. Other scenes show a launch at Cape Canaveral follow...
Video Details
13:45; color; sound; V-24 CA036; S. 828

Viva Florida 500 Promotional Film

259564
Date
2013
Collection
Video
Video Details
30:00; color; sound
Description
This film is a documentary produced by Ron Sachs Media Group, in collaboration with the Florida Department of State. It was made in conjunction with the Viva Florida 500 commemoration and provides an overview of Florida history from prehistoric times to the present. Produced for television, the film...

Florida Folk Festival 1955

232393
Date
1955
Collection
Video
Description
This film starts with scenes from Eleanor Phillips Barne's pageant, "Old Saint Augustine," a history of Spanish Florida acted out by local actors dressed in period costumes. More Florida Folk Festival scenes follow, including dancers, choirs, storytellers and musicians. A troupe of Jacksonville scho...
Video Details
18:30; B&W; silent; V-198; flca006; S.1579; Media 1979-23
Type
Moving Image

The Orange: Fruit of Life

253364
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:00; color; sound; V-64 BA104; S. 828
Description
This film chronicles the history of oranges, beginning with animation showing that, "Once upon a time... a miracle occurred and the first orange was born." Then, actors in Spanish costume eat oranges in the oldest-budded orange grove in America, near St. Augustine. Actors dressed as "Indians" jog th...

CONQUISTADOR ARRIVING

252958
Date
11-Oct-79
Collection
Video
Video Details
6:27; color; silent; V-75 BA010; S. 828
Description
Actors dressed as a conquistador and a three-man crew arrive on a beach. A dinghy is overloaded and stuck in the sand. Then, when they are about to climb up a dune, cars drive through the background. The actors emote for the camera. This is composed of outtakes from another film. Sponsored by FDC.

CYPRESS GARDENS- 25 YEARS

252967
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
16:35; b&w; silent; V-78 CA168; S. 828
Description
This film has a mixture of scenes shot over 25 years (until the early 1960s) at Cypress Gardens. It starts with a short comedy sequence. Then, American Indians dance around a group of ski stars on land and a skier greets a group of American Indians on a beach. Dick Pope drives a golf ball global aro...

MAGIC OF MANATEE

253308
Date
Early 1970s
Collection
Video
Description
Conquistadors come ashore in a reenactment of De Soto's alleged landing in Manatee County. Through "film magic," a crewman is transported through time to the present to see what the area is now like. A woman shows the crewman the area by cruising around in a Corvette convertible, seeing Bradenton, P...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-58 CA170; S. 828

Florida Commercials

253042
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
0:45 each; b&w; silent; V-11 BA041; S. 828
Description
This is a group of 11 Florida commercials that show a wide variety of Florida fun in the sun. They include: fishing of all kinds; water skiing; golf, swimming; scuba; St. Augustine; Seminoles; Gamble Mansion; the Capitol; parrots; gator wrestling; jumping dolphins; Silver Springs; Cypress Gardens; p...

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