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Business Observer Friday, Jul. 20, 2018 3 years ago

Documentary filmmaker’s work distributed to streaming services

Frank DiCesare’s 16-minute documentary is about a blacksmith at work.

Blacksmithing is coming back.

That’s what Sarasota-based Oskar Films President and CEO Frank DiCesare says.

He’s put together a documentary called “Blacksmith” about the work of resident blacksmith Rob Flurry at the Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown museum in Beaumont, Texas.

Recently the 16-minute “Blacksmith” documentary has been distributed through Filmhub, a marketplace for filmmakers and streaming services.

DiCesare tells Coffee Talk “Blacksmith” is a film 20 years in the making. Working as a journalist, he got an assignment to write an article about Beaumont, Texas. In his research, he came across the Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown museum. There he met Flurry. “Immediately, the light went off in my head,” DiCesare says. “I said, ‘I’ve always wanted to make a short film about blacksmithing.’”

In March 2017, DiCesare started filming. He did the bulk of the camera work, along with producing and directing. He and his small team finished shooting during the first week of May. Thhe editing process continued through June and July.

The result is a poetic documentary, with no voiceovers or interviews. It shows the creative process of blacksmithing and Flurry as he works on a project from start to finish.

DiCesare submitted his film to Filmhub and it went through a quality control process. It’s currently on Vimeo on Demand and it’s live on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan. It’s $1.99 to rent on Amazon in standard definition and $2.99 in high definition. On Vimeo, it’s only available in high definition — $2.99 to stream and $9.99 to buy. A percentage of those fees goes back to Filmhub and DiCesare.

“I know there’s a huge place for documentaries in the market,” he says. “When you look at the film festivals that are around the world, there’s usually a category for short film and short documentary. My own film is now being marketed globally. That’s testimony for the fact that there is a global marketplace for short films.”

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