The Fontainebleau: Enter and Play Your Part
The legendary architect of this Miami landmark, Morris Lapidus, once
wrote, “If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone who enters will
play their part.” Since 1954 some of the greatest names in modern
Americana, from Sinatra to Elvis to the Beatles, have played their
parts here. The hotel has served as a backdrop for several famous
movies. “Goldfinger” and “Scarface,” staring Al Pacino, to name just a
few. Follow the producers into the "Sinatra suite" and the spirits of the
iconic hotel’s past. But The Fontainebleau is anything but a relic. It's hip
and now attitude attracts the biggest and brightest stars of today, while honoring a part of old Miami that never grows old.
Historic Dodgertown: Vero Beach
Welcome to “Dodgertown” in Vero Beach, where the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers trained from 1948 to 2008. In Vero, Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson were able to launch a social experiment that would change the face of sports forever. Here baseball’s first African-American player was able to train and live despite Florida’s stringent Jim Crow Laws. But the untold story is how a quiet beachfront community became a true example of co-existence.It was a Florida businessman, Bud Holman, who handed the complex over to the famed baseball team and their executives Branch Rickey and Walter O’Malley. Holman's son, Bump, pays homage to his father’s vision, and Craig Callan, Dodgertown Vice President, pays homage to the O’Malleys, Walter and his son Peter, who turned this complex into a small town within a town. Also see how the Dodgers affected a community in ways that go way beyond the playing field.
Gone Fishing For Old Florida: Voices of Cortez
Welcome to old Florida— Cortez. In fact, it’s the oldest surviving fishing village in the state, dating back to the 1880s. With tropical breezes, fresh fish, and laid-back locals this is truly a place out of another time. Fresh mullet, grouper and stone crab are caught here daily by local fishermen who still make a living by casting their lines and nets into these blue green waters. Meet some real life fisherman of several generations---"Red Dog," Blue," and "Soupy"-and discover the secrets to this waterside village that has its own special rhythms. Dr. Mary Fulford Green, a decedent of Cortez’s first family, sums it up best: “This is the last place like this in Florida. Once it is gone it will be gone forever.” So sit back, throw down a brew, and crack open a stone crab. You’re no longer on mortal time---you’re on Cortez time.
BOYS IN WINTER: THE TOUGHEST SEASON
World Television Premiere
Winner GRAND JURY PRIZE of the NY Independent Film Festival Winner Louisville Film Festival
Official Entry Sarasota Film Festival
Filmmaker Mark Reese, son of Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese, takes
a hard look at the game we all must play to the end in this feature
length film that is the follow up to the Roger Kahn classic book, “Boys Of Summer.” The film, like the book, explores the lives of Dodger greats Carl Erskine and Pee Wee Reese---Carl’s hopes for his Down’s syndrome son, and Pee Wee Reese’s friendship with teammate Jackie Robinson. But where the film differs from anything else produced about this team is its unflinching look at these men in the latter stages of life. Carl and Betty Erskine share their joy when son Jimmy lands his first job, at age forty. Dorothy Reese fights to save husband Pee Wee from a debilitating cancer. Battles both won and lost are an important theme of this award-winning film, as well as the Dodger wives whose exemplary character helped keep the team together off the field.
Reviews and Praise
Amazon: "The Boys (of Summer) In Winter" is the last segment of this collection. A film by Mark Reese, it chronicles the struggles of the Dodgers in times most ordinary, and records the last year in the life of his father, taken away by cancer. Deeply moving, this film transcends documentary to become both an intimate portrait, a home
movie, and a paean to marriage, fatherhood, love, and profound respect. Beyond this, there is so much more. This may be the finest visual document created to date about the Brooklyn Dodgers.”
The Washington Post: "The Series was produced, directed and written by Mark Reese, the talented son of Dodger Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese...the good news: no Ken Burns-like waxing poetic over the emerald chessboard."
The New York Times: [An] elegant, intelligent, evocative film. Thankfully, this is not sappy nostalgia...One is most drawn to the emotional and sociopolitical episodes."
TV Guide: “Cheers, a winning documentary…Extraordinary.”
EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES
Meet Dennis McGillicuddy, the grandson of Connie Mack, the “grand
old man of baseball.” A life-long resident of Florida, Dennis, both a
philanthropist and visionary, wants to eradicate prejudice. Sure, it
sounds like an impossible goal, but through his program “Embracing
Our Differences,” he’s going to the heart of the matter---our children.
The program that fuses art and education has a simple mission
statement: “Everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and
to make a difference in our world. “ By promoting diversity education, the program encourages students to learn about co-existence through the art of others, as well as their own. Also meet the exceptional teachers who have embraced this special program, and the students who bring it to life.