AUG 31 2017

Fall Film Series: Freaky Filmed-In-Florida Flicks Screening Schedule


Tarzan crew Wakulla Springs

Film crew on “Tarzan’s Secret Treasure,” Wakulla Springs, about 1940. Photo: Florida State Archives/Florida Memory.

Many great films have been made in Florida — but we’re not showing those.

Get weird at our Freaky Filmed-In-Florida Flicks Fall Film Series, presented FREE on Fridays beginning September 15!

All screenings are free and open to the public. Here’s the lineup:


Clambake Poster


7:00 PM September 15

MDC Live Arts Lab, 300 NE Second Avenue, Room 1101-1

Clambake (1962) stars Elvis Presley as a singing speedboat racer, with Miami Marine Stadium in a supporting role. Although largely shot in California, this cheesy musical includes sequences at Marine Stadium and various Miami causeways and it presents an interesting image of Florida.

Bonus Short: Historic Miami Marine Stadium footage selected from the Wolfson Archives’ collections.

Frogs poster



7:00 PM September 22

MDC Live Arts Lab, 300 NE Second Avenue, Room 1101-1

In Frogs (1972), an early enviro-thriller from Hollywood exploitation hub American International Pictures, Ray Milland plays a rich recluse who hates Nature. Nature is none too pleased with him, either. Man-eating frogs and other all-natural nightmares settle the score.

Bonus Short: Frog stories from the Wolfson Archives’ WTVJ Collection.


Airport '77 poster


Airport ’77

7:00 PM September 29

MDC Live Arts Lab, 300 NE Second Avenue, Room 1101-1

Airport ’77, the penultimate film of the popular 1970s franchise, stars James Stewart as a super-rich art lover who packs his personal 747 with art treasures and several dozen of his very best friends. The airborne disco flies over the Bermuda Triangle, crashes into the ocean and sinks to the bottom. But the passengers are alive! Released in (wait for it) 1977.

Bonus Short: Movie legend Jimmy Stewart shoots Airport ’77 at Vizcaya! WTVJ’s Joan Hall reports in a news clip from the Wolfson Archives’ WTVJ Collection.


Stanley poster


7:00 PM October 6

MDC Live Arts Lab, 300 NE Second Avenue, Room 1101-1

Stanley (1972) tells the story of Tim Ochopee, a snake-friendly misfit who wreaks havoc on his tormentors with Stanley, his rattlesnake pal, as the instrument of his vengeance, there being no Twitter in 1972. Produced and directed by Florida exploitation film czar William Grefe.

Bonus Short: Unique WTVJ news film from the 1950s captures the early days of Bill Haast’s Miami Serpentarium.