Emmy-winning journalist and photographer Oscar Corral has produced an hour-long documentary on Florida’s springs, “The Fellowship Of The Springs.” To film the documentary, which began in 2019 and ended just recently, Corral visited 30 springs and interviewed key environmentalists working to save them.
This film will have a showing at Rum 138 soon at a time and date which will be announced.
Corral has a long and noteworthy history in his young life. See this article for the information.
Here is the link to the trailer.
Corral says: “I see the springs are as unique and precious as the Everglades, and I feel they deserve the same level of respect and protection.”
Below is some information on the complete film:
Explica Media directed and produced the 60-minute documentary for PBS (see attached letter of commitment from PBS). To tell the story, we will seek out stakeholders in the world of the springs and shadow them as they go about their springs-related business.
Among these are Robert Knight, director of The Florida Springs Institute; Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, a fierce springs advocate leading the charge to save them; Captain Karen Chadwick, owner of North Star Charter Service, who is fighting to restore the Ocklawaha River.
In addition to the documentary, Explica Media will produce a 3 to 6-minute virtual reality video of the springs, which can be viewed with headsets, and immerses viewers in the natural world of springs. Depending on funding, we may also produce two to four separate videos on the springs issue, which can be released through our unique and proprietary distribution network in Florida that includes major newspaper websites.
Oscar Corral, a former investigative and political reporter turned Emmy award-winning filmmaker, will produce and direct the film.
The story of the Florida springs and their future, is quickly evolving. We are fortunate to have a resource so rare and pristine, which has played such an important role in Florida’s culture and economy. Now is the time to explore through storytelling where the springs go from here. The story of the springs’ future is the story of Florida’s future.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum