The docudrama City of Dreams took two awards, Best Documentary and Best Theme Song, "A City Within a Dream," at the Treasure Coast International Film Festival's annual event April 30, 2011, in the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The movie is sponsored by the Port St. Lucie Historical Society. The Society's chair, Richard McAfoos, is executive producer of the film.
While producers of the City of Dreams project created it solely as a tribute to Port St. Lucie and its people, past and present, any recognition it receives is greatly favorable in spreading the message of what a wonderful place Port St. Lucie really is.
This was the TCIFF's fourth annual event as part of the first tier of industry recognitions around the country for achievement in film production, a circuit of approximately 100 such events. There were more than 50 entries in the various categories of competition from around the world. The second tier of events is held nationwide in major metro markets, with a select third tier held at well-known venues such as the SunDance Festival, culminating with the Academy Awards.
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HISTORICAL SOCIETY & “CITY OF DREAMS” ON NPR – MIAMI
The 50th anniversary celebration docudrama City of Dreams was featured in two radio interviews with Christine DiMattei of WLRN – Miami Herald News. The first was made on the site of Bert Pruitt’s Fishin’ Camp, where Society Chair Richard McAfoos discussed how Port St. Lucie fits into history and the making of the film (aired May 2).
The second, recorded at the Civic Center during the exciting night of the docudrama’s premiere, gives additional insights into the making of the film and discusses why it is important for the city to begin now to honor its history (aired July 27 & 28).
Reporter Christine DiMattei spent most of the premiere day (April 27) interviewing many talented local persons and others who helped make City of Dreams a reality. Their input, though perhaps not their names or voices, were used to prepare the National Public Radio news stories. Those interviewed included two-time Academy Award nominee Carol Connors, Director Jose H. Garofalo, Co-producer Robert Roldan, Premiere Producer/director Nicky Wood, St. Lucie County Appraiser and former State Senate President Ken Pruitt, Mayor JoAnn Faiella, County Commissioner Chris Craft, Sheriff Ken Mascara, Chief Deputy Gary Wilson, Frank Mackle III and Thomas White, Jr.
RELIVE PORT ST. LUCIE'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Dozens of newspaper stories were written leading up to and during the week
of events commemorating the city's beginnings and hundreds of photos were
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