The Fort Myers Film Festival, in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts, present a screening of the new film Last Stop, Flamingo on Saturday, March 22 at 2PM in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance. The one hour documentary explores early visions of Florida, from the early 20th-century Koreshan utopian community, to the world’s largest planned subdivision—Golden Gate Estates—which projected a population of more than 400,000 residents. Imagined landscapes give way to mythological creatures, from the Skunk Ape to the mermaids at Weeki Wachi Springs. Before reaching the coastline at Flamingo—one of the last coastal regions of Florida to remain undeveloped upon—Koszulinski stops in Miami to visit his grandfather’s eclectic tropical garden. The garden presents a utopian vision of landscape in the microcosm and intersects with Koszulinski’s own personal histories and memories of Florida. Exactly 500 years after Ponce de Leon’s European discovery of Florida the film reflects on the many ways in which Florida’s landscapes have been irreversibly shaped by human desires. Last Stop, Flamingo is the third and final installment in Koszulinski’s trilogy of Florida-focused films. The previous two, Immokalee U.S.A. (2008) and Cracker Crazy (2007, both received wide acclaim.
Georg Koszulinski is an award-winning filmmaker and educator who has directed more than 25 films, ranging from documentary and narrative features to avant-garde films and videos. The documentary, Cracker Crazy, explores the history of slavery and exploitation in Florida from first European contact to the present day. The film earned numerous festival awards and was nominated for a Notable Video of the Year by the American Library Association. Immokalee U.S.A. documents the experiences of migrant farm laborers working in the U.S.A. and was widely programmed at film festivals and universities. The Documentary Channel acquired both films in 2009.
Space is limited so arrive early to guarantee a seat in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance. Seating is open and there is a $5 suggested donation at the door. The Fort Myers Film Festival runs March 20-23 with screenings at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. More information is available at ArtInLee.org.