April 17th is going to be a very special day for producer, Stan Arthur. For on that day, Arthur will be showing his independent documentary, My Anniston: Edward Wood, at the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. Arthur, a St. Petersburg native, is a video producer and multimedia specialist at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Getting acknowledgment for a film he worked so hard on and put so much passion into, is monumental and a dream come true for Arthur.
My Anniston: Edward Wood is a film about an 84-year-old African American man with a profound story to tell. Edward Wood’s tale is an inspirational one, and often times, humorous. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, Wood was part of the American Civil Rights Movement and was one of the few who actually saw the 1961 Freedom Riders Greyhound bus burn as a result of an angry KKK mob in Anniston, Alabama. From the comforts of Wood’s own living room, memories are recalled and stories rich with history are told. Wood describes what it was like living in Anniston during a time when African Americans fought for equal rights. Back in the 1950s and ’60s, in the deep of the South, life then was far different for these people. Wood understands this period in history all too well. His father was a slave, and his grandfather, a white slave master. As a storyteller, Wood does a great job of keeping his listeners deeply engaged. Arthur adds, “his stories are amazing.”
Arthur is very proud of his film, as he should be. My Anniston: Edward Wood is sure to please, as it is well-constructed, smart and unique. This Florida filmmaker certainly put his heart and soul into the making of this wonderful creation.
A screening of Arthur’s documentary will take place at the Sunscreen Film Festival in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, near the bay. The festival is ideally located, which in turn, attracts many visitors. And speaking of visitors, did I mention, celebrities? If you should visit the Sunscreen Film Festival, be sure to bring your pen and autograph book. Last year Patrick Wilson, Billy Dee Williams, and even John Travolta walked the festival’s red carpet.
Muvico Baywalk 20 is hosting the Sunscreen Film Festival this year. It arrives into town Wednesday, April 13th and runs til Sunday, April 17th. My Anniston: Edward Wood will be shown Sunday, April 17th from 3-4 pm.
The film is certainly a must-see and one that will be talked about for years to come.
For more information on My Anniston: Edward Wood, go to www.facebook.com/myanniston
For more information on the Sunscreen Film Festival, go to www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com