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‘Post Cards & Photos from Sanibel’ films to be shown as double feature

By Staff | Apr 4, 2018

Emilie Alfino

For the first time, the community can enjoy two Sanibel documentaries back-to-back.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is planning a Double Feature Night for two Pfeifer Documentary Series films, “Post Cards & Photos from Sanibel, The Sequel 1946-1984” and “Postcards & Photos from Sanibel, 1884-1947,” on April 11 at 7 p.m. at The Community House on Sanibel.

Both movies were produced by seven-time Emmy Award-winner David E. Carter.

“He was thrilled,” Executive Director Emilie Alfino said of when the museum approached him about the idea of showcasing the films back-to-back. “This is the first time they’re being seen together.”

The original film premiered in 2017 and covered the years from 1884 – when the Sanibel Lighthouse was constructed – to 1947. The sequel, which premiered in January, picks up in 1946 to provide a transition between the two stories, ending in 1984 with the 100th anniversary of the lighthouse.

“The first one hasn’t been shown in over a year, so I hope that appeals to people,” she said.

Photographs and postcards from Sanibel are the foundation of the films.

“They’re totally historically related,” Alfino said of the films. “In fact, a lot of the pictures used are from our buildings. We feel very connected to these two movies.”

The event will serve as a fundraiser for the museum and its final Twilight Talk of the season.

“The funds are going to help the museum produce more programs,” she said.

There will be a brief intermission between the films, which will feature vintage treats.

“David E. Carter, the filmmaker, did a fun thing with old-fashioned movies,” Alfino said.

There will be old-style teasers and surprise clips from films.

An on-site concession stand will be stocked with old-fashioned candy.

“Boxes of Jujyfruits, Good & Plenty, Cow Tales,” she said. “The old stuff.”

There will also be popcorn, snacks and drinks.

Tickets are $10 and are available through the museum.

“It seats 200 people,” Alfino said. “We’re about half sold out.”

The museum can take payment over the phone.

Twilight Talks is one of the programs hosted by the museum.

“We have four a year and we find topics of interest to the community that are history related,” she said.

For next season, the museum has planned an overview of the Muench family and the history of Periwinkle Park, along with a boat trip to Cayo Costa and Cabbage Key and lecture on the history.

“We’re going to have joint talk with the Captiva Island Historical Society and that’s going to be about accommodations through the years, where people stayed when they came here,” Alfino said.

“And, we’re going to have a ‘Jeopardy!’ history game,” she said.

The community is encouraged to grab tickets for the upcoming double feature.

“They’re important films about the history of the island and they’re shown in a very interesting way through postcards and photographs,” Alfino said. “It’s a unique way to get a feel for the history.”

Additional films produced by Carter and sponsored by the Pfeifer Realty Group have included the documentary, “Growing Up on Sanibel,” “Seven Sanibel Artists” and “Sanibel Before the Causeway.”

For information, call 239-472-4648 or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is at 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $10 for ages 18 and older; youth and members are free. Docent-guided tours are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no extra charge, based upon docent availability.