Winner of the Best Documentary Short Film

A few words on winning the award for Best Documentary Short Film at the Orlando Film Festival.
Winning this award is meaningful in so many ways. I would like to thank Darrell White and Jamal McCullen. Without you this film could not have been possible. When doors were closed, you provided the key. I would like to thank the great people who were kind enough to sit and talk about their experiences and share their stories with the world. People like the late James Rowan and Eliza Wright who passed before the completion of the film. People like RCF-winnerFire Chief Michael Kuk who gave the perspective of the brave firefighters that responded that evening of April the 23rd 1940. We must also recognize the great people of Natchez, Mississippi who invited an unknown Florida boy into their town and treated him like family. And of course the 209 souls who perished that evening at the Rhythm Night Club. Your story is not forgotten, it has now found new life. Your story carries on in the hearts and minds of the people who attended the various film festivals which have screened our film. Your story will be told to their friends and loved ones. Like the days of old when history would be passed from generation to generation by spoken word, your story is now part of their history. This is not the end of the story, it is only the beginning.

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