The Fort Myers Film Festival, in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts, present a screening of the new film "Last Stop, Flamingo" Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m., in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance. 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 Weeks Wakhi Springs. Before reaching the coastline at Flamingo - one of the last coastal regions of Florida to remain undeveloped upon - Kosciuszko 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 Kosciuszko 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 Kosciuszko trilogy of Florida-focused films. The previous two, Immokalee U.S.A. (2008) and Cracker Crazy (2007, both received wide acclaim.
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 Article.org.
The Alliance for the Arts campus and galleries, which are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m., Saturdays, is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.