Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 14, 2014

The Florida Suite (Screening at Blake Library April 19) — Trailer 2: Harvest

The Florida Suite is a poetic documentary that tells the story of Andrew Graham, a retired lawyer who lives in a log cabin in the middle of his 13 acre citrus grove, located near the shores of the Indian River, Florida. There, living with three friendly dogs, he tends his fruit and takes care of his 90 year old mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The film is structured to, and takes its name from, Frederick Delius’ Florida Suite, a beautiful four-movement tone poem.

The ultimate goal of this production is to help modern audiences connect (or reconnect) with a way of life whose rhythms are synchronized with nature. To realize the inherent dignity of caring for the things and people you love. To understand that aging and slowing down allows for a revelation of life’s greater truths. And to honor the musical genius of Frederick Delius, who crossed the Atlantic 120+ years ago and was moved to learn the art of composition so that he could honor the life that captivated him in a Florida orange grove.

The Florida Suite will strike a chord for all those who recognize the beauty of life lived close to the land.

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Captivating, poetic documentary on orange grove life to screen at Blake Library April 19

For immediate release: April 14, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

 

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A screening for Jeff Thompson’s beautiful and reflective documentary The Florida Suite will be held in the John F. Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, on Saturday April 19 at 2pm. This screening will be help in partnership with Journey Stories.

Andrew Graham was a successful and respected, no-nonsense trial lawyer who argued a handful of high-profile cases at the Florida Supreme Court, that is until he gave it all up when he purchased a hundred-year-old citrus grove on 12 unspoiled acres in Scottsmoor, FL.

The Florida Suite, named after a late-1800s composition by Frederick Delius, which he arranged in tribute to “the people of Florida,” pairs the lush and sensitive composition with the story of Andrew Graham as he lives in a log cabin in the heart of his grove with his 90-year-old-mother, and a trio of friendly dogs. The film invites the viewer in for a peek at a man’s life as he struggles to raise and protect his fruit, while taking care of his mother (who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease).

Film, history, and music enthusiasts alike will be enchanted by The Florida Suite, with its exquisite score and cinematography, as well as a setting untouched by modern times.

Jeff Thompson was born in Melbourne, Florida, and is a graduate of Satellite High School, Brevard Community College and the University of Central Florida. After earning a BA in English, he completed his studies with a Masters degree in Library Science at Florida State University. A 14-year veteran of the Brevard County Library system, Jeff worked as a Library Director and Regional Library Director before his recent appointment to Library Services Director. Thompson is an amateur filmmaker in his spare time, and has recently completed his most ambitious work to date, entitled the The Florida Suite, a documentary three years in the making.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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