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Christopher Plummer & Seminole Indian Trbie visit FLiFF Cinema Paradiso





Marks an era in Florida History that Forecasts Florida’s Environmental Pioneers

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) and Florida Atlantic University’s DeSantis Center for Motion Picture Studies have joined forces, once again, to bring the South Florida Community an award-winning actor and a film which has been seldom seen since its release in 1958. Star of film, stage and television, Christopher Plummer, whose work spans over 50 years and includes such blockbuster hits as A Beautiful Mind and The Sound of Music, will attend a showing of Wind Across The Everglades, on January 24th at Cinema Paradiso. Members of the Seminole Indian Tribe, who were cast in the film, are also expected to attend.

The event begins with a 6:00PM reception followed by introductions and the film. After the screening, film expert and author of 16 books, Foster Hirsch, will mediate a Bravo Network’s Inside the Actors Studio style audience Q&A and FLIFF will present Plummer with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Plummer’s recent autobiographical book, In Spite of Myself: A Memoir, will be available for purchase and signing.

Filmed in Everglades National Park in 1958, Wind Across The Everglades has been described by some as an accurate portrayal of Florida at the turn of the 20th Century. A time when fashion’s “feather craze” almost destroyed wild bird populations, including Blue Herons, Reddish and Great Egrets, for which poachers received handsome sums of money for the prized plumes.

Wind Across The Everglades is chock full of stars and marks Christopher Plummer’s second film appearance and first starring role in a feature. It also marks Peter Falk’s film debut. In addition, to Plummer’s attendance, many of the local talent in the film will attend, including members of the Seminole Indian Tribe. The Audubon Society of South Florida will also be on hand to discuss the era and today’s environmental challenges and successes. From the early to the mid 1900’s, The Audubon Society was actively involved in urging the government to protect migratory and other wild birds which eventually led to the placement of game wardens in Florida.

This may be the only opportunity for most South Floridians to see this eco-drama revealing an era in Florida’s history that almost forecasts early environmental crusaders Rachel Carson and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. Cinema Paradiso will present the only 35mm print of Wind Across The Everglades in existence today. The film has never been made available on DVD or shown on TV in recent decades and this may be the only opportunity for South Florida audiences to see the film. Wind Across The Everglades was reviewed in NY and LA in Aug. and Sept of 1958 with a note in one review that it also opened in Florida at that time.

Wind Across the Everglades represents the once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause) and screenwriter Budd Schulberg (On the Waterfront). Christopher Plummer plays bibulous 19th-century Florida game warden Walt Murdock, who declares war on the poachers in his region. This brings him in direct conflict with the legendary “Cottonmouth” (Burl Ives), the spiritual leader of a group of illegal bird hunters. The highly eccentric supporting cast includes Gypsy Rose Lee as a sensuous farm wife, boxer "Two Ton" Tony Galento as a lout named Beef, circus clown Emmett Kelly as the much-married Bigamy Bob, novelist Mackinlay Kantor as the regional judge, and Peter Falk as an owlish writer. (edited from a review by Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide)

Admission: Advance tickets are $30 non-members / $20 FLIFF Members. At the door tickets are $35 non-member and $25 FLIFF members.

Venue: Cinema Paradiso is conveniently located at 503 SE 6 Street in downtown Fort Lauderdale, just east of the Broward County Courthouse on the South bank of the New River.

Parking: Free at meters and in the Courthouse Parking Garage adjacent to the theatre.
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