How to Make a Memorable Message

One of the key things that Dad and I care a lot about is connecting our message with the audience. A resource that has helped me in creating writing that sticks with people is the book “Made to Stick” by the Heath Brothers. With the subtitle “Why Some Ideas Survive… Read more

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Coastal Dune Lakes - Episode 5: A Prayer for the Dune Lakes

Coastal Dune Lakes Film to Screen at Tampa’s Britton 8 Theatre

Coastal Dune Lakes Film to Screen at Tampa’s Britton 8 Theatre Mother Nature’s Ecosystem Masterpiece On Display for One Night ONLY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Nov. 11, 2015: The Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival (TBUFF) will host a public screening of the award-winning documentary “Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald… Read more

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DUNE LAKES FILM EMMY NOMINATED

Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast Nominated For Music, Photography, and Writing FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19th, 2015 Pembroke Pines, Florida—The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Suncoast Chapter, announced today the 2015 Suncoast EMMY® Award nominees. The Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast documentary… Read more

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CDL Video Episode 2: How Do Coastal Dune Lakes Work?

Coastal Dune Lakes Fall 2015 Events

Note: All events Central Time, unless otherwise noted October 2nd: The Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast documentary will be shown from 6:30-7:30 pm in the St. Andrews State Park Amphitheater as part of the 2015 Walk Into the Wild Event, sponsored by the Friends of St. Andrews State… Read more

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Meeting Clyde Butcher

Meeting Clyde Butcher

By Joey Dickinson March 6th, 2015 The first time I ever set foot in a Clyde Butcher gallery was on, or at least very close, to my 18th birthday. It was in the middle of summer, in-between my last year of high school and my first semester as a college… Read more

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PRESS RELEASE: Clyde Butcher Documentary Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Clyde Butcher Documentary Kickstarter

Award-Winning Filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus and Celebrated Wilderness Photographer Clyde Butcher Take a New Approach with Online Campaign to Raise Funds Independently. Elam Stoltzfus, Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, and environmental activist Clyde Butcher, known for his exquisite black and white, large format photographs of the landscape, turn to alternative funding sources… Read more

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A Weekend with Clyde Butcher, Part III: Filming for a Kickstarter and a Harmonica/Guitar Duo

A Weekend with Clyde Butcher, Part III: Filming for a Kickstarter and a Harmonica/Guitar Duo

By Nic Stoltzfus Sunday, March 1st The Sunday of Presidents’ Day weekend, we began the day by filming the intro to the Kickstarter short video. Brief interlude: What is Kickstarter? And what does it have to do with Clyde? The reason we had traveled to south Florida in the first… Read more

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A Weekend with Clyde Butcher, Part II: Valentine’s Day in the Swamp

A Weekend with Clyde Butcher, Part II: Valentine’s Day in the Swamp

By Nic Stoltzfus February 28th, 2015 Before I begin this post, let me begin with a preface: I am single. And in my mid-twenties. This is a period of time when relatives begin to turn up the heat on finding a companion. I have discovered that uncles are particularly zealous… Read more

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A Weekend with Clyde Butcher, Part I: Getting to Miami and the Coconut Grove Gallery Opening

A Weekend with Clyde Butcher, Part I: Getting to Miami and the Coconut Grove Gallery Opening

By Nic Stoltzfus February 27th, 2015 The Thursday before President’s Day weekend Dad, Joey, and I left Blountstown driving to south Florida to meet with Clyde Butcher and film some events for him. A new gallery in Coconut Grove in Miami was opening to the public on Friday and then the… Read more

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Clyde Butcher OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Swamp

By Elam Stoltzfus February 26th, 2015 In 1989 I was part of a film production working on a documentary on fine art photographer, Clyde Butcher. The documentary featured him as an artist who told stories about Florida’s natural beauty through his iconic large format black and white photos. The program… Read more

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Clarksdale Film Festival 2015

Clarksdale Film Festival 2015

Written February 5th, 2015 By Joey Dickinson Last Thursday, I made my way from Blountstown to Clarksdale, Mississippi, by way of the beautiful, hilly backroads of Alabama. I passed through seemingly endless farm country only seeing gas stations every 50 miles or so. I arrived in Clarksdale around 4 pm… Read more

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The Story of How "The Mighty Quapaws" Got Accepted Into the Clarksdale Film Festival

The Story of How “The Mighty Quapaws” Got Accepted Into the Clarksdale Film Festival

By Joey Dickinson Wednesday, January 28th As some followers of this blog may recall, on December 5th, 2013, the Live Oak Production team banded together with a crew of six other men, whom we would soon know as fellow “river rats,” in order to launch the first ever test of… Read more

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Australia's Great Lakes Part VI: Mungo Brush and the Aftermath

Australia’s Great Lakes Part VI: Mungo Brush and the Aftermath

By Nic Stoltzfus Day Six: Tuesday, August 26th & Summary  *(Short video included below) On Tuesday we grabbed lunch at a local café in Bulahdelah and then drove down to Bombah Point, a jut of land that divides Boolambayte Lake and Bombah Broadwater. Here we explored a small museum across… Read more

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Australia's Great Lakes Part V: Myall Lake National Park and Smiths Lake Sandbar

Australia’s Great Lakes Part V: Myall Lake National Park and Smiths Lake Sandbar

Monday By Nic Stoltzfus Monday morning we woke up, packed our gear, and set out for the Tasman Sea. We drove out on Lakes Way and turned right at the little village of Bungwhal, onto Seal Rocks Road. Our first stop was Sugarloaf Bay. I glanced skyward—it was a clear… Read more

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Australia's Great Lakes Part IV: An Aerial View and Interviewing Dr. Stock

Australia’s Great Lakes Part IV: An Aerial View and Interviewing Dr. Stock

By Nic Stoltzfus Day Four: Sunday, August 24th Sunday we headed back to Nelson Bay for a final attempt to fly the helicopter over the lake. When we arrived that morning it was still too cloudy, but John the pilot told us that in several hours it was forecast to be… Read more

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Australia's Great Lakes Part III: Myall River and the Broadwater

Australia’s Great Lakes Part III: Myall River and the Broadwater

By Nic Stoltzfus Day Three: Saturday, August 23rd Saturday we headed back to Neslon Bay for a second attempt to fly over the area with a helicopter. We talked to the pilot, John Herrick, and he said the weather was looking a bit dodgy, but we could have a look at… Read more

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Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 15: Ethos, Pathos, Logos of Water, Sand, Life

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s a good time to take a few minutes to be retrospective, scrutinize our successes and failures,  celebrate the victories and minimize the losses, and define our goals for the future. This year has been a year of investing our time in building relationships, digging… Read more

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Australia's Great Lakes Part II: Smiths Lake

Australia’s Great Lakes Part II: Smiths Lake

By Nic Stoltzfus Day Two: Friday, August 22nd The next day we woke up around six in the morning and headed down to Nelson Bay, roughly a 45-minute drive south from the farmhouse. Here we planned to take a helicopter and fly over the lakes to get some aerial shots.… Read more

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One Year Later: The Apalachicola Riverview Project

One Year Later: The Apalachicola Riverview Project

December 13th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Last year this time we finished our journey traveling down the Apalachicola River. Nine guys—and I really only knew two of them. However, over this past year our lives continued to intersect, and I’m sure we will continue our relationships as the years progress. When… Read more

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Team Apalachicola by Guest Writer Mark River

Team Apalachicola by Guest Writer Mark River

12/12/14: This blog was written by Mark River from the Quapaw Canoe Company about our trip down the Apalachicola River last year. I have been given permission to repost the article in full by John Ruskey, founder of the Quapaw Canoe Company. Tomorrow I will post a reflection on where… Read more

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How to Make a Thanksgiving Southern Bourbon Turkey: Part I

How to Make a Thanksgiving Southern Bourbon Turkey: Part I

11/26/14 By Esther Stoltzfus First, put on some good music and turn it up loud. Then pour a cup of coffee in one of your favorite mugs. (This is one I bought my Mama as a memento of being the baby with 4 big sisters and 3 brothers). Then light… Read more

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Coastal Dune Lakes Documentary Update Winter 2013/2014

Coastal Dune Lakes Documentary Update Winter 2013/2014

By Nic Stoltzfus 11/24/14 This is a general update for the coastal dune lakes documentary project. First, we have selected a final title for the coastal dune lakes film. It is (drumroll please!) Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast. This title was selected because from our interviews we… Read more

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Mourning and Recovering from Loss

Mourning and Recovering from Loss

November 20th, 2014 When I first wrote this, I was hesitant to share it because it is so deeply personal. However, this past year has proven to be full of sad moments. In July my high school history teacher passed away. Last month, I lost my 22 year old cousin… Read more

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Australia's Great Lakes Part I: Getting There

Australia’s Great Lakes Part I: Getting There

By Nic Stoltzfus Day One: Thursday, August 21st Dad and I arrived in Australia around 7 am on Thursday, August the 21st. It was around a sixteen hour Quantas flight from Dallas, Texas, to Brisbane, Australia and we touched-down in the “land down under” weary, worn-out, and excited. After collecting… Read more

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Coastal Dune Lakes - Episode 10: Close to the Sea, or On Storytelling

Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 10: Close to the Sea, or On Storytelling

October 16th, 2014 By Elam Stoltzfus And one thing when I actually walk out on the beach and look out on the Gulf it hits me that people thousands of years ago saw the same thing that I am seeing now. It is the same sight for them, same colors,… Read more

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Coastal Dune Lakes - Episode 11: A Prayer of the Woods

Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 11: A Prayer of the Woods

October 23rd, 2014 By Joey Dickinson It was a sweltering summer day with little to no cloud coverage, and we were filming a tour of South Walton with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. The tour started in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, where Park Services Specialist Jeff Talbert and Dr. Sarah… Read more

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Coastal Dune Lakes - Episode 8: Places of Peace

Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 8: Places of Peace

Places of Peace September 18th, 2014 Essays by Joey Dickinson and Nic Stoltzfus Ever since my first taste of the coastal dune lakes on Lake Powell for World Paddle for the Planet Day 2013, I’ve felt an overwhelming sense of tranquility whenever I’m on any one of the lakes, even… Read more

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CDL Video Episode 6: Education on the Coastal Dune Lakes

Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 6: Education on the Coastal Dune Lakes

By Nic Stoltzfus August 14th, 2014   This past week my dad showed his latest film, The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee, at the Martin Theatre in Historic Panama City. After the film ended, I was helping out with merch sales and a lady asked about my occupation.… Read more

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Coastal Dune Lakes - Episode 5: A Prayer for the Dune Lakes

Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 5: A Prayer for the Dune Lakes

My Coastal Dune Lake   Ancient crystle dunes          engulfed by a risen sea.          Ocean shrinks to gulf in time,         baring mounds of sugared quartz.       Rare pools of sparkling life are born        to milliniums of nurturing kisses        from a coddling saline surf.        Embracing tides… Read more

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Coastal Dune Lakes - Episode 4: Jewels of 30A

Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 4: Jewels of 30A

July 17th, 2014 Today’s blog features the crew at Live Oak Production Group contemplating on the coastal dune lakes and what they feel when they are out there. Attached is the fourth short video titled Jewels of 30A. I don’t know about you, but the first thing I notice is… Read more

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CDL Video Episode 3: The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board

Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 3: The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board

July 3rd, 2014 By Elam Stoltzfus Ad·vi·so·ry:  having or consisting in the power to make recommendations but not to take action enforcing them. The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board is comprised of residents and partners with Walton County, to ensure the protection, health and environmental integrity of the county’s globally rare and imperiled Coastal… Read more

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CDL Video Episode 2: How Do Coastal Dune Lakes Work?

Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 2: How Do Coastal Dune Lakes Work?

About two weeks ago, I was sitting in the office and preparing for the first blog I wrote on the coastal dune lakes, and I stumbled across the term “coastal lagoon” on the National Geographic website. A lagoon is a shallow body of water protected from a larger body of… Read more

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The Quapaws in Clarksdale Part V: John Ruskey

The Quapaws in Clarksdale Part V: John Ruskey

June 14th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Thursday, March 13th: Today Joey and I woke up and prepared all of our gear and walked down to the main office to set up and interview Mark “River” Peoples. After this we headed over to interview Hannah Tippitt, a Clarksdale local, and Megan… Read more

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The Quapaws in Clarksdale Part IV: Deeper Thoughts on a Deep River

The Quapaws in Clarksdale Part IV: Deeper Thoughts on a Deep River

June 13th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Wednesday, March 12th: Today was exceptionally windy; there were up to 45 mile an hour winds whipping up over the Mississippi—and that is too dangerous for small vessels like the Quapaw canoes to go out on the water. So, the canoeing trip for today… Read more

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The Quapaws in Clarksdale Part III: Getting Used to River-Time

June 12th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Tuesday, March 11th : I woke up this morning and Joey and I prepped to go back on the river again today—except today we started at 7, an hour later than yesterday. That extra hour of sleep was mighty nice! The Clarksdale crew (John,… Read more

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The Quapaws in Clarksdale Part II: On the River and Monday Night Blues

The Quapaws in Clarksdale Part II: On the River and Monday Night Blues

June 10th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Monday, March 10th, 2014: Today Joey and I paddled up the Mississippi River. Many people travel down the Mississippi, but not too many folks paddle upriver. Something that made this even more unique was that we were going with the folks from the Quapaw… Read more

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The Quapaws in Clarksdale Part I: Getting There

The Quapaws in Clarksdale Part I: Getting There

June 9th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus The fall of 2013 Joey Dickinson (current editor at Live Oak Production Group) was trying to decide what to do for a final video project at Florida State University to finish out his degree in Media Production. It had to be completed the following spring, but… Read more

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CDL Video Episode 1: Intro to the Coastal Dune Lakes

Coastal Dune Lakes – Episode 1: Intro to the Coastal Dune Lakes

Introduction to Coastal Dune Lakes the project, the team, and the lakes 6/4/14 For months now our team at Live Oak Production Group has been posting photos, teaser videos, and blog posts about our upcoming project on the coastal dune lakes of Walton County, Florida. We have recently received full funding… Read more

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Musings on Film-Making

By Elam Stoltzfus 5/20/14 If the pithy saying  “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true, then how much is a video clip worth? Most broadcast video clips have 30 frames a second. That is 30 pictures a second. That one second of video is worth 30,000 words. Multiply… Read more

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SoWal Aerial and Night-Time Dune Pics, Part II

SoWal Aerial and Night-Time Dune Pics, Part II

5/15/14 By Nic Stoltzfus Intro: Last week Dad and I came down to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to do more work for the upcoming Coastal Dune Lakes project. We accomplished a lot over the four days that we were down: interviewed George Langstaff, long-time resident of Four Mile Village,for… Read more

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SoWal Aerial and Night-Time Dune Pics, Part I

SoWal Aerial and Night-Time Dune Pics, Part I

5/13/14 By Nic Stoltzfus Intro: Last week Dad and I came down to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to do more work for the upcoming Coastal Dune Lakes project. We accomplished a lot over the four days that we were down: interviewed George Langstaff, long-time resident of Four Mile Village,for… Read more

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Two Conservationists Speak on the Coastal Dune Lakes

Two Conservationists Speak on the Coastal Dune Lakes

By Nic Stoltzfus 4/28/14 Two weeks ago Elam and I filmed two more interviews for the upcoming Coastal Dune Lakes film. First, we interviewed Manley Fuller. He is the President of the Florida Wildlife Federation. They are a non-profit organization that focuses on “preserving, managing, and improving Florida’s fish, wildlife,… Read more

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Thoughts On Basic Photography

Thoughts On Basic Photography

By Nic Stoltzfus April 25th, 2014 One morning out on Western Lake (one of the coastal dune lakes in Walton County) the falling light of a sunset rippling off this piece of driftwood was too beautiful to pass up not taking a picture of it. I lined up the piece of driftwood… Read more

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Earth Day 2014 - Off the Beaten Path

Earth Day 2014 – Off the Beaten Path

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition 2012 Off the Beaten Path By Elam Stoltzfus, Film Producer  (In 2012, four explorers enter the Everglades and, 100 days later, reach the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition showed that the heart of Florida is still wild–and can still be saved.)… Read more

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teachers and art

Teachers and Art

April 18th, 2014 by Elam Stoltzfus “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.””… Read more

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A Heron at Western Lake

A Heron at Western Lake

April 15th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Here is a story from earlier this year about my experience with wildlife at one of South Walton’s coastal dune lakes. February 17th, 2014 This morning Dad and I woke up and left Seaside a little before 6:00 to head out to Western Lake to… Read more

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FSU Spring 2013 Commencement Address

FSU Spring 2013 Commencement Address

By Elam Stoltzfus Live an active life among people who are doing worthwhile things, keep eyes and ears and mind and heart open to absorb truth, and then tell of the things you know, as if you know them. The world will listen, for the world loves nothing so much… Read more

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An Alien Landscape in SoWal

An Alien Landscape in SoWal

An Alien Landscape in SoWal: Fog in the Coastal Dune Prairies of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park By Nic Stoltzfus April 9th, 2014 I have had many great experiences down here at South Walton working on the Coastal Dune Lakes of Walton County (working title) documentary. I worked with my… Read more

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Escape to Create Part II

Escape to Create Part II

Fog and Dunes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Image: Elam Stoltzfus) March 25th, 2014 By Elam Stoltzfus After a two short weeks at home and a trip to south Florida, I arrived back at Seaside on February 16th to work on the Coastal Dune Lakes documentary along with interacting… Read more

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Escape To Create – Part 1

January 28th, 2014  –  By Elam Stoltzfus I’m sitting inside on a comfy brown sofa on a gray windy day. The forecast is for ice pellets at the quaint Seaside cottage, Savannah Sands, owned by Bill and Heavenly Dawson.  The Dawson’s have generously provided a home for the two weeks… Read more

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Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part IV: The Hump

Apalachicola Riverview Project Documentary Short

By Nic Stoltzfus January 15th, 2014 Here is the short 10-minute documentary made by the crew at Live Oak Production Group about the Apalachicola Riverview Project. Principal filming by Elam Stoltzfus and Joey Dickinson, Script by Nic Stoltzfus, Editing and Post-Production by Elam Stoltzfus and Joey Dickinson. For more information… Read more

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The Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part VI: The Aftermath

The Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part VI: The Aftermath

January 13th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUXrCCIkjek&w=853&h=480] 10-minute video by the crew at Live Oak Production Group featuring the Apalachicola Riverview Project The crew and support team. Left to right: Cynthia Trone, Justin Riney, Danny Veshinski, Kristian Gustavson, Joey Dickinson, Elam Stoltzfus, Nic Stoltzfus, John Ruskey, Paul Veselack, Esther Stoltzfus,… Read more

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Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part V: Baptism

Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part V: Baptism

January 12th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Houseboat on the river (Photo: Joey Dickinson) Tuesday, December 10th: Day 6 I woke up sore and tired. Slowly we got ready and headed down the river. It was cloudy today with a chance of rain, and it was supposed to get cold tonight… Read more

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Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part IV: The Hump

Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part IV: The Hump

January 11th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Cypress stump on the Dead Lakes (Photo: Joey Dickinson) Monday, December 9th: Day 5 I still felt like crap. The last two days were hard, slugging days of 20 miles apiece. By now I was tired, grumpy, and desperately wishing for hot food, a… Read more

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The Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part III: Adjusting to River-Time

The Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part III: Adjusting to River-Time

January 10th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Danny spearfishing by the posts (Photo: Joey Dickinson) Saturday, December 7th: Day 3 12 miles today. I woke up this morning, unzipped my tent, and looked out. Another foggy morning, this time the 10,000 ghosts concealing the cliffs from view. We ate breakfast around… Read more

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Apalachicola Riverview Project Getting to know the guys

The Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part II: Getting to Know the Guys

January 9th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus Morning mist by the old and new Highway 90 bridges at Chattahoochee (Photo: Nic Stoltzfus) The Crew  Front row left to right: Joey Dickinson, Justin Riney, Paul Veselack, John Ruskey, Elam Stoltzfus, Daniel Veshinski, Nic Stoltzfus. Back row left to right: Mark “River” Peoples… Read more

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Apalachicola Riverview Project, Part I: The Unwilling Member (Me)

January 8th, 2014 By Nic Stoltzfus December 5th-14th, 2013. What is significant about those dates? For many, those 9 days are just part of the string of days preceding Christmas; putting up the Christmas tree, lighting the second advent candle, and generally getting ready for the holidays. But, for me,… Read more

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Forests Across the Panhandle

Forests Across the Panhandle

By Elam Stoltzfus 12/10/13 Forest Sunset http://vimeo.com/user15709098/review/73464147/e9a22ddb0b A 90 second video sponsored by WUSF on forestlands in Florida I love hiking through the woods. Whenever I am walking through the piney woods of northwest Florida it is a chance to slow down and observe. It a place of sanctuary, a… Read more

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Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

By Elam Stoltzfus 12/3/2013 http://vimeo.com/user15709098/review/74485360/f887438bd1 Link to a 90 second interstitial sponsored by WUSF Travel north from Okeechobee for about 30 miles and you will reach the Kissimmee Praire Preserve State Park. It is a large tract, 54,000 acres, that protects one of the largest remaining stretches of Florida dry… Read more

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Turkeys, and Bears, and Deer—Oh My!

Turkeys, and Bears, and Deer—Oh My!

By Elam Stoltzfus 11/26/13  http://vimeo.com/user15709098/review/74485361/ef04936e06 A 90-second video sponsored by WUSF featuring turkey, bears, and deer In autumn many hunters take their bows, guns, orange safety vests and other paraphernalia and head into their mecca, the woods, to scout out the perfect location to nab a prize buck or turkey… Read more

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Elam Stoltzfus wins an Emmy!

By Nic Stoltzfus 11/25/13 1000 miles in 100 days. At the end of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, some people may have thought that the expedition was over and all the work finished. This is not the case. In the making of a film, post-production is one of the hardest… Read more

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Birds in Southwest Florida and the Secret to Great Bird Photography

Birds in Southwest Florida and the Secret to Great Bird Photography

When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all. – Dr. E. O. Wilson http://vimeo.com/user15709098/review/70820809/00bb93b160 90 second interstitial for WUSF on birds in south Florida I love filming birds; seeing large flocks of birds fly in unison across the marshes of south Florida… Read more

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Stories Along the Kissimmee

Stories Along the Kissimmee

November 11th, 2013 By Elam Stoltzfus http://vimeo.com/user15709098/review/74485359/f05fb20077 90 second interstitial for WUSF on the Kissimmee River In early 2009 I was invited to attend a Cattleman’s meeting by a good friend of mine, Kimball Love. The meeting was about how conservation agencies and Florida cattleman can work closer together to… Read more

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Flowers in South Florida

11/5/13 By Elam Stoltzfus https://vimeo.com/user15709098/review/70554018/26fae82fae Flowers are pixie dust spread by the hand of God covering the world in beauty. Springtime on my granddad’s farm was spectacular – apple trees, dogwoods, and hedges all bloomed as winter’s frost receded. By the house, my grandma and mother planted bunches of violets… Read more

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WUSF Circle B Bar Preserve

Polk County’s Success Story: Circle B Bar Reserve

10/29/13 By Elam Stoltzfus http://vimeo.com/user15709098/review/74485362/f46be5bef3 “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” –Proverbs 29:18 In the late 90s fine art landscape photographer, Clyde Butcher, and I partnered with the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program to create an educational video and collect images for them.  One of our focal points… Read more

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Florida's First World Paddle for the Planet

Florida’s First World Paddle for the Planet

10/25/13 By Nic Stoltzfus [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkAyXrCMHAE&w=640&h=480] World Paddle for the Planet video. Produced by Elam Stoltzfus. Edited by Joey Dickinson. Script by Nic Stoltzfus. Parked Paddleboards (photo by Nic Stoltzfus) On Friday, October 9th, Dad, Joey, and I loaded up our gear in our Toyota Sequoia and hooked up our boat (a… Read more

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The Inaugural Apalachicola Riverfront Film Festival: A Beaming Success

By Nic Stoltzfus 10/24/13 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnKkQbMSSi0&w=640&h=480] Saturday, October 19th, 2013 was the inaugural Apalachicola Riverfront Film Festival, and I wasn’t gonna miss it for the world. My dad, Elam Stoltzfus, his intern, Joey Dickinson, and I produced the intro to the film festival; the three of us worked on this project… Read more

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Cowhands in Florida?

by Elam Stoltzfus October 21, 2013 http://vimeo.com/user15709098/review/73645422/ef122e5c4a This 90-second interstitial is a segment from the 13 part series I produced for WUSF and funded by the Mosaic Company.  Creating this series was an opportunity to dig into the archives of previous footage and tell new stories about a collection of… Read more

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Myakka River State Park

By Elam Stoltzfus October 15th, 2013 Video This 90-second interstitial is a segment from the 13 part series I produced for WUSF and funded by the Mosaic Company.  Creating this series was an opportunity to dig into the archives of previous footage and tell new stories about a collection of… Read more

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Introduction to the Big Cypress National Preserve

Written by Elam Stoltzfus October 7th, 2013 Video This 90-second interstitial is a segment from the 13 part series I produced for WUSF and funded by the Mosaic Company.  Creating this series was an opportunity to dig into the archives of previous footage and tell new stories about a collection… Read more

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