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SARASOTA FILMMAKER’S AWARD-WINNING SHORT DOCUMENTARY

"BLACKSMITH" TO PREMIERE ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO MAY 5TH

 

April 24, 2018

(SARASOTA, Fla.) – Oskar Films of Sarasota, Fla., is pleased to announce that its award-winning short documentary “Blacksmith” will make its commercial premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Frank DiCesare, president and CEO of Oskar Films said, “After more than a year of hard work, marketing and promotions, ‘Blacksmith’ will be made available to web audiences throughout the United States and beyond. On behalf of the film’s subject, Rob Flurry, and my team of Mahmoud Salimi, Tyler Hargraves and Kevin Myron, we hope everyone who streams the film online will enjoy ‘Blacksmith’ as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

“Blacksmith’s” May 5 premiere will make the documentary available to Amazon users in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. A tentative date for the film’s Japanese premiere on Amazon has been set for no later than Saturday, June 30, 2018.  Movie goers will be able to order “Blacksmith” for streaming at Oskar Films’ landing page, www.amazon.com/v/oskarfilms.

Produced in conjunction with Lamar University, “Blacksmith” is a 16-minute documentary that highlights the work of Rob Flurry, the resident blacksmith at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum (http://www.lamar.edu/spindletop-gladys-city/index.html) in Beaumont, Texas. Unlike the blacksmiths portrayed in the media today, Flurry’s craftsmanship is that of the old-school artisan – no expensive equipment; no modern forge in which to work. Instead, Flurry relies solely on nature’s elements of fire, iron, air, and water (along with his own strength) to hammer out beautiful creations within the smoky furnace of his shop.

“Blacksmith” was filmed in the tradition of poetic documentary – no voice overs, monologue or dialogue is spoken. All of the action is put to music that compliments the mood and rhythm of the scene.

“Blacksmith” recently won the prestigious Remi Award at the 51st WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival. According to WorldFest’s website, previous Remi winners include Stephen Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma and Ridley Scott. The award is named for American artist and sculptor, Frederic Remington.

“Blacksmith” was also an Official Selection at the Miami Independent Film Festival for November, 2017, and at the Boomtown Film & Music Festival in Beaumont, Texas.

The film’s trailers can be viewed at http://www.frankdicesarephoto.com/oskar-films.

For interview requests or information about sponsoring “Blacksmith” contact Mr. DiCesare: (941) 465-6111 or at frankpjd@gmail.com.

 

 

SARASOTA FILMMAKER WINS PRESTIGIOUS

REMI AWARD AT WORLDFEST – HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

March 27, 2018

(SARASOTA, FL) –  Sarasota filmmaker Frank DiCesare is pleased to announce that his debut short documentary “Blacksmith” has won the prestigious Remi Award at the 51st WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival.

DiCesare, who is president and CEO of Oskar Films said, “I am both honored and humbled at the judges’ decision to award ‘Blacksmith’ a Remi. On behalf of the film’s subject, Blacksmith Rob Flurry, and my film team of Mahmoud Salimi and Tyler Hargraves, we thank you for this award.”

Past Remi Award recipients include Stephen Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma and Ridley Scott. The award is named for American artist and sculptor, Frederic Remington.

Founded in 1961, WorldFest is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the third oldest of its kind in the United States.

Produced in conjunction with Lamar University, “Blacksmith” is a 16-minute documentary that highlights the work of Rob Flurry, the resident blacksmith at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum (http://www.lamar.edu/spindletop-gladys-city/index.html) in Beaumont, Texas. Unlike the blacksmiths portrayed in the media today, Flurry’s craftsmanship is that of the old-school artisan – no expensive equipment; no modern forge in which to work. Instead, Flurry relies solely on nature’s elements of fire, iron, air, and water (along with his own strength) to hammer out beautiful creations within the smoky furnace of his shop.

Filmed in the tradition of poetic documentary, “Blacksmith” was an Official Selection for November, 2017, at the Miami Independent Film Festival and was recently named an Official Selection at the Boomtown Film & Music Festival in Beaumont, Texas.

“Blacksmith’s” trailers can be viewed at http://www.frankdicesarephoto.com/oskar-films.

 

 

 

 

"BLACKSMITH" RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM

BEAUMONT CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

 

January 29, 2018

(SARASOTA, FL) – Oskar Films is pleased to announce that the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau has provided support for “Blacksmith.” The bureau’s investment will assist the film as it enters many of this year’s film festivals in Texas.

Frank DiCesare, president and CEO of Oskar Films said, “I would like to thank the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau for their generous investment in ‘Blacksmith.’ With their help, the film will be given the chance to be screened at many of the Lone Star State’s most prestigious film festivals. We are delighted and honored to have their financial assistance.”

Stephanie Molina, marketing director of the Beaumont CVB, said her organization is proud to support the film and those who made it a reality.

“Through the beautiful imagery of their work, Rob Flurry and his craft shine,” Molina said. “This production has focused on the importance of blacksmithing as well as preserving the history of Beaumont, Texas and Spindletop/Gladys City. We are thrilled with the work that has been done and cannot wait to see what is next for the film. We wish nothing but the best for Frank, Mahmoud Salimi and Tyler Hargraves as they take ‘Blacksmith’ to the big stage.”

Produced in conjunction with Lamar University, “Blacksmith” is a 16-minute documentary that highlights the work of Rob Flurry, the resident blacksmith at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum (http://www.lamar.edu/spindletop-gladys-city/index.html) in Beaumont, Texas. Unlike the blacksmiths portrayed in the media today, Flurry’s craftsmanship is that of the old-school artisan – no expensive equipment; no modern forge in which to work. Instead, Flurry relies solely on nature’s elements of fire, iron, air, and water (along with his own strength) to hammer out beautiful creations within the smoky furnace of his shop.

Filmed in the tradition of poetic documentary, “Blacksmith” was an Official Selection for November, 2017, at the Miami International Film Festival. The film has been entered in festivals both nationally and internationally.

“Blacksmith’s” trailer can be viewed at http://www.frankdicesarephoto.com/oskar-films.

 

 

 

 

OSKAR FILMS TO PREMIERE DEBUT DOCUMENTARY

“BLACKSMITH” IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS

 

September 19, 2017

(SARASOTA, FL) –Oskar Films is pleased to announce the premiere of the documentary, “Blacksmith,” Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Theater in Beaumont, Texas.

Produced in conjunction with Lamar University, “Blacksmith” is a 16-minute documentary that highlights the work of Rob Flurry, the resident blacksmith at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum (http://www.lamar.edu/spindletop-gladys-city/index.html) in Beaumont, Texas. Unlike the blacksmiths portrayed in the media today, Flurry’s craftsmanship is that of the old-school artisan – no expensive equipment; no modern forge in which to work. Instead, Flurry relies solely on nature’s elements of fire, iron, air, and water (along with his own strength) to hammer out beautiful creations within the smoky furnace of his shop.

Frank DiCesare, president and CEO of Oskar Films said, “I would like to thank Rob, Spindletop, Mahmoud Salimi, Tyler Hargraves, the Lamar University Office of Communications, and the city of Beaumont, for their invaluable help with this project. Through four months of late-night filming, these individuals supported my vision for a short film on the art of blacksmithing and helped make it a reality.”

“Blacksmith” was filmed in the tradition of poetic documentary – no voice overs, monologue or dialogue is spoken. All of the action is put to music that compliments the mood of the scene.

Following the premiere of “Blacksmith,” a short four-minute film titled, “Fire and Steel,” will be screened in which Flurry discusses how he got into blacksmithing, what the art means to him and where it’s going in today’s world of automation. Mr. DiCesare and Mr. Flurry will take questions from the audience after both films are shown. Trailers for “Blacksmith” and “Fire and Steel” can be viewed at http://www.frankdicesarephoto.com/oskar-films.

 For interview requests or additional information contact Mr. DiCesare: (941) 465-6111 or at frankpjd@gmail.com.