The Film Florida Legends Award
From the earliest days of Filmmaking, Florida has played a significant role in the entertainment industry. Jacksonville hosted the Keystone Cops and Laurel and Hardy in the early 1900's, D.W. Griffiths filmed in Ft. Lauderdale, Buster Keaton in St. Petersburg, and Miami's Fleischer Studios turned Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons into Saturday matinee staples.
Our State's tropical locations have long been the backdrop for such notable flicks as the Tarzan series, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Twelve O'Clock High and 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, The Yearling, the James Bond classic Goldfinger, Frank Sinatra's Tony Rome, Elvis' Clambake, and Jerry Lewis' The Bellboy.
When television was coming of age, Jackie Gleason and Flipper represented Florida's contribution to the medium, and a few decades later Miami Vice continued the tradition of legendary Florida productions.
With so much history and so many stories to tell about Florida's entertainment legacy, Film Florida created the LEGENDS AWARDS, to honor the men and women who played such a big part in establishing our State as an entertainment powerhouse. Since its inception in 2006, FLORIDA LEGENDS honorees have included Ricou Browning, Jordan Klein Sr., Mike and Brad Fuller, Ralph Clemente, Danny and Eddie Harvey and Digger Wilson, Errol Falcon, Michelle Marx, Belton Clark, Jerry Smith, and posthumously Egon Stephan Sr., Mike McGowan Sr., and Richard Norman.
These Legends remind us all of the dedication and hard work that these individuals, and many others yet to be recognized, contributed to Florida's position in the entertainment production industry. Film Florida is proud to recognize their legendary efforts. Annually, Film Florida's members nominate additional names for consideration to become Legends. A Legends Committee, made up of a cross section of Film Florida's Councils, Executive Board and previous Legend honorees administers the nominations process and finally recommends several new Legend Award recipients at Film Florida's annual conference held each year in June.
For more information regarding Legends and our nomination process please contact Jeff Peel, Legends Chair: Legends@filmflorida.org
2011 Legend Award Winners
Legends: Burt Reynolds from Silver Beach Productions, Inc on Vimeo.
Legends: Victor Milt from Silver Beach Productions, Inc on Vimeo.
Legends: Dr. Ray Fielding from Silver Beach Productions, Inc on Vimeo.
Legends: Wes Skiles from Silver Beach Productions, Inc on Vimeo.
Legends: Dee Miller from Silver Beach Productions, Inc on Vimeo.
Legends: Punto Muerto from Silver Beach Productions, Inc on Vimeo.