Lakewood Ranch Fimmaker’s Short Film “Blacksmith” Streams in its 100th Country Worldwide
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla.) – Lakewood Ranch filmmaker Frank DiCesare is pleased to announce that his award-winning short film “Blacksmith” has been streamed in 100 countries around the world.
According to data collected from the film’s distributor, Filmhub, the 16-minute poetic documentary about Blacksmith Rob Flurry of Beaumont, Texas, reached the milestone earlier this month.
“Reaching streamers in virtually every corner of the world has been an extraordinary experience for me and everyone involved in the making of ‘Blacksmith,’” said DiCesare, who is president & CEO of Oskar Films in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. “We are grateful for our viewers, sponsors and all those who have helped make ‘Blacksmith’ the online success it is today.”
Since its online debut in May 2018, “Blacksmith has been streamed by viewers in North America, Central America, South America, the Balkans, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Oceania. “Blacksmith” is the first film from DiCesare and his production company, Oskar Films.
In 2018, “Blacksmith” won the Special Jury Remi Award at 51st WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival. The festival’s award is given to films that score a 96 out of 100 points in 10 categories of filmmaking. “Blacksmith’s” award was in the category of short documentary (under 60 minutes).
According to WorldFest, previous Remi Award winners include Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma and Ridley Scott. The award is named for American artist and sculptor, Frederic Remington.
“Blacksmith” highlights the work of Rob Flurry, the resident blacksmith at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum 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” is the debut documentary from Frank DiCesare and Oskar Films. He is currently in production on a new short, poetic documentary, “Gardens of Life,” which is being shot entirely on Kodak Super 8 film.
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About Frank DiCesare:
Frank DiCesare was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and graduated from Stonehill College with a bachelor’s degree in English. He also holds master’s degrees in English and English Education from Seton Hall University and Boston University, respectively.
A veteran journalist, his work has appeared on PBS and in U.S. News & World Report, National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Travel Guide, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News and many other publications. In 2017, he turned his attention to documentary and filmmaking and formed Oskar Films, a division within his creative services firm, DiCesare Media Company.
Formed in 2017, Oskar Films is a division of DiCesare Media Company and seeks to provide the best in documentary journalism.