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Website features short films on islander lifestyles

By Staff | Jun 17, 2015

David Carter at work on the film “7 Sanibel Artists.” CRAIG GARRETT

Technology continues to entertain and amaze.

Sanibel-Captiva.tv, a website of short films created by Emmy winning islander David Carter and sponsored by a popular realtor, has logged some 90 short features on topics ranging from traffic courtesy, interviews with newsmakers, funny wildlife sequences, an extensive listing of clips from home movies. The films are no longer than a few minutes. Carter in his trips to the beach or in his vintage Ford totes a camera, anticipating something fun or interesting will occur, he said.

Carter’s newest short films posted to Sanibel-Captiva.tv show birds herding an alligator back to a pond, and a more inventive film compares Sanibel to Manhattan Island, towns almost exact in physical dimensions but with obvious dissimilarities.

Carter has picked up Emmy and industry awards in advertising for his filmwork, writing and creativity. He has a film in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and has produced feature cinema on islanders, island artists, mostly celebrating lifestyle and accomplishments.

His early history was producing television commercials in Kentucky with childhood friend Bob Smith, who went on to write for Johnny Carson and produce the television show “Grace Under Fire,” among others. Carter also produced short films for the Tonight Show in the 1980s. He created the Telly Awards in 1978 to honor television commercials.

Carter in November will introduce films in Sanibel profiling the artist and Bubble Room founder Katie Gardenia, another on life in the islands before the Sanibel causeway was built in the early 1960s. He used a trove of donated home movies to fashion the causeway film. Both are to premier at the BIG ARTS complex.

Carter’s work in Sanibel, including Sanibel-Captiva.tv, is sponsored by the Pfeifer Realty Group. Eric and Mary Ellen Pfeifer have been enthusiastic boosters of films showcasing the islands, and other community activities, Carter said, including Little League baseball.

“Eric and Mary Ellen’s (Pfeifer) mindset has been that we’re life-long learners, always learning and growing,” Carter said. “We’re celebrating in film the things that make Sanibel such a special place.”

Sanibel-Captiva.tv was launched with Pfeifer Realty Group as the sole sponsor. For the initial launch, Denny Sarokin, composer of the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song “Sanibel,” came to the island for the first time.

In sponsoring the website and the short films, Eric Pfeifer said: “Sanibel-Captiva TV is our way of sharing the island experience with others who may wonder what it’s like to live here, grow up here, retire here, work here, or vacation here. We hope (you) enjoy S-C.TV as much as we enjoy creating this digital experience.”

Short films on life in the islands can be viewed at www.Sanibel-Captiva.tv.