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Documentary film 'Last Stop, Flamingo' explores early visions of Florida

Fort Myers Film Festival runs from March 20-23, 2014.
Fort Myers Film Festival runs from March 20-23, 2014.
Courtesy of Fort Myers Film Festival.

In partnership with the Alliance for the Arts, the Fort Myers Film Festival will present a screening of the new film Last Stop, Flamingo on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. in the Foulds Theatre. This will be the Florida premiere of this one-hour documentary that 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 - 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. He currently lives in Seattle, although he grew up in Fort Myers. His 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.

The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports the Fort Myers Film Festival as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Its galleries and the Foulds Theatre are located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.