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Father and son first filmed for local documentary

By Staff | Jul 24, 2013

There’s something unique about growing up on Sanibel Island.

It’s that quality that inspired filmmaker David E. Carter to begin production on a documentary called “Growing Up on Sanibel,” premiering April 10 at BIG ARTS. The film is a multi-generational look at the island’s unique culture from the perspective of people who grew up on Sanibel.

“All of the things that are uniquely Sanibel are going to be celebrated through the eye of the people who are growing up here or have grown up here,” he said.

Carter started filming with Michael Damico and his father Vince at the Sanibel baseball field as they played baseball throwing, fielding, and hitting and Michael talked about his experience growing up on the island. The story will later follow him into high school as he plays baseball for the Fort Myers High Green Wave.

But, that’s just the beginning.

“We have six or seven others already confirmed and are seeking several more people to include in this film,” said Carter. “Our island is full of interesting people, young and old. Everyone has a story to tell.”

Sanibel is unique in its emphasis on conservation, and Carter said he wants to showcase that by following the lives of young people who volunteer to protect the ecosystem.

“Part of living here is you become conservation minded. You become aware of the fragile part of nature,” he said.

One of Carter’s previous films, “Dear Baseball: I Love You,” featured Damico in a recreation of a 1950’s baseball game, which was shown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y. He also produced a documentary for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) that was screened at BIG ARTS.

Carter, a resident of Sanibel Island, has won seven Emmy Awards for his work and said this documentary is a chance to give back to the community. “Growing Up on Sanibel” is being sponsored by Pfeifer Realty Group of Sanibel.

To nominate someone to be considered for inclusion in the film, visit www.sanibelstories.com.