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CCA and WGCU documentary premiers to sold-out crowd

By Staff | Feb 26, 2009

Good food, camaraderie and a strong shared love of Captiva Island and its rich history brought well over 100 people to the Captiva Civic Association last Saturday, as the CCA premiered WGCU’s newest installment in their “Untold Stories” series, “Paradise? Or Paradise Lost?”

The new half-hour Captiva documentary seemed to be a hit with premier attendees, according to CCA member Sharon Brace.

“We had a sellout crowd of 140 people packed in here who obviously enjoyed the show, judging from the audience response in a number of places,” Brace said, noting that there were several instances during the film and at the end when the audience would erupt in exclamations or emotions.

“It was interesting to hear such a vocal response to some of the parts of the film,” she continued.

“It was a nice overview of the history of Captiva. I think they did a really excellent job,” Brace said, noting that even though the documentary was only 30 minutes long, in her opinion, WGCU was successful at “capturing the essence” of the Captiva’s long and legendary history.

Each attendee received a DVD copy of the documentary.

“I want to thank everyone who had anything to do with that evening. It was a spectacular event and we had an overflowing crowd here. We actually had to turn away some people who wanted tickets,” CCA president Tobe Deutschmann said at the organization’s monthly membership meeting, acknowledging all the hard work that went into preparing for the showing.

“And a big thank you to Dave Jensen for a generous contribution to help defray the costs of the evening,” added Brace.

If you didn’t make it to the premier at the CCA last Saturday, “Paradise? or Paradise Lost?” will air on WGCU on Friday, Feb. 27 at 8:30 p.m., and again on Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 29 at 11 p.m.

There is also an archive of information about WGCU’s “Untold Stories” at www.wgcu.org .