Sarasota Filmmaker’s Short Film “Blacksmith” Streams in its 70th Country Worldwide
Sarasota filmmaker Frank DiCesare is pleased to announce that his award-winning short film “Blacksmith” has now been streamed in more than 70 countries and territories around the world.
According to analytics from the film’s distributor, Filmhub, the 16-minute poetic documentary about Blacksmith Rob Flurry of Beaumont, Texas, reached the milestone in late May. 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.
“Reaching streamers throughout the world has been an extraordinary experience for me and everyone involved in ‘Blacksmith’s’ production,” said DiCesare, who is president & CEO of Oskar Films in Sarasota, Fla. “We are grateful for our viewers and sponsors who have helped make “Blacksmith” the online success it is today.”
The news comes just four months after DiCesare launched his new website to promote “Blacksmith” and his future films. Oskar Films is currently in production on a new, short, poetic documentary, “Gardens of Life,” which is being shot exclusively on Kodak Super 8 film. “Gardens of Life” has been registered with the Writer’s Guild of America.
This year, “Blacksmith” was chosen for streaming on Smart TV apps GuideDoc, Filmzie, and Flexnet TV. The film is also available on Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo On Demand, and on 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 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.
“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.
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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.
Photos from Frank DiCesare