Get ready “Mickey Mouse,” a Glens Falls company’s DVD documentary production has been chosen for the Orlando Film Festival being held Oct. 19-23 in Florida.
The documentary, “Search for the Jefferson Davis: Trader, Slaver, Raider,” is an “Official Selection” in the nationally recognized film festival. The 50-minute-long documentary, made by Glens Falls’ Pepe Productions, was released earlier this year.
“The Orlando Film Festival is one of the biggest and most highly regarded film festivals in the country," said Peter Pepe, director of the documentary. “What a thrill and honor it is to have our Civil War history and underwater archaeology documentary selected by this major film festival.”
The Pepe Productions documentary is the story of the Confederate privateer Jefferson Davis, a Civil War raider that sank off St. Augustine, Fla. in 1861. The documentary examines the scientific quest by the St. Augustine research team, known as the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, and several nationally renowned forensic scientists to find the lost historic shipwreck.
The Orlando Film Festival reported that more than 600 films were entered, but only about 140 films were selected. The Pepe Productions’ documentary will be screened Oct. 22 and is also being considered for an award.
“Search for the Jefferson Davis” was 25 months in production and was co-written by underwater archaeologists, Joseph W. Zarzynski (Wilton) and Dr. Sam Turner (St. Augustine, Fla.). Queensbury’s John Whitesel did the animation and Albany’s Steven C. Resler shot the underwater videography. Pepe and Zarzynski were executive producers.
This is the third feature-length award-winning documentary that Pepe and Zarzynski have produced over the past six years.