Frank DiCesare Filmmaker

Sarasota Award-Winning Filmmaker Launches Website to Promote His Independent Films

Filmmaker - Blacksmith

Sarasota filmmaker Frank DiCesare is pleased to announce that his new website has been launched. The site will enable visitors to stream his award-winning short documentary film, “Blacksmith” in High-Definition for a low, introductory price.

“We hope short film and documentary lovers around the world will visit for a look at ‘Blacksmith’ and future trailers and films that are posted,” said DiCesare, who is president and CEO of Oskar Films.

Oskar Films new website will also include free content, a peek at future projects when they reach the production stage, and a page devoted to sponsors that supported “Blacksmith.” The site will also enable companies, organizations and individuals to get information on sponsoring future films. 

Since its online debut on May 5, 2018, “Blacksmith” has been viewed by short film lovers around the world. To date the film has been streamed in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Namibia, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. The film is currently in global distribution through Filmhub of Santa Monica, Calif., and received its 500th ticket-buyer on January 4, 2021 with a sale in Germany.

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 in the top 4 percent in a particular category. “Blacksmith’s” award was in the category of short documentary (under 60 minutes).

According to WorldFest’s website, 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.

Produced in conjunction with Lamar University, “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” was filmed in the tradition of poetic documentary – no voice overs, monologue or dialogue is spoken. All of the film’s action is put to music that compliments the mood and rhythm of each scene.

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, LLC.

Photos from Frank DiCesare

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