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CIHS to host Double-Feature Movie Night

By Staff | Jan 9, 2019


Residents and visitors to the islands have an opportunity to learn a little more about the history of Captiva through an upcoming showing of two back-to-back documentaries.

Hosted by the Captiva Island Historical Society, the Double-Feature Movie Night will take place on Jan. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Community House. Volume IV “Artists & Authors” and Volume VI “South Seas: Captiva’s Enduring Paradise” of the CIHS’ “Captiva Memories” series will be featured.

“It’s our first event of the season,” Mary Jane Vinson, co-chair of the Events Committee with Dave Jensen, said. “We’re hoping that it generates a lot of publicity and we get a lot of people at our events.”

She explained that CIHS is a non-profit and operates off of donations.

The organization is committed to the gathering, preserving, interpreting and sharing of Captiva history, while providing education about the remarkable people and events that have shaped the island’s past.

It is the third year that CIHS has hosted the event highlighting films from the series.

The event was previously held at the ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort.

“We wanted more exposure on Sanibel and with those coming from Fort Myers,” Vinson said of hosting this year’s showing on the sister island.

Both directed by Rusty Farst, “Artists & Authors” and “South Seas: Captiva’s Enduring Paradise” are each under 50 minutes long. There will be a short intermission between the films for attendees.

“The reason we chose both of those is they really capture a lot of early Captiva,” she said.

“Artists & Authors” was produced in 2014 and centers around friends and relatives of Robert Rauschenberg, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Maybelle Stamper and J.N. “Ding” Darling telling invaluable stories that capture the spirit of Captiva and its meaning to the world-class artists and authors.

“There’s four individuals who we focused on,” Vinson of the film.

Along with the interviews, there are old clips.

“It’s mostly them in Captiva and what brought them to Captiva,” she said.

Produced in 2016, “South Seas: Captiva’s Enduring Paradise” features the history of the changing shoreline of northern Captiva through hurricanes and later its early island residents. The film continues with it being a rich farmland for crops, then eventually the world-renowned resort destination it is.

“This is only the second time we’re showing the South Seas film,” Vinson said.

She explained that it talks about the Calusa Indians, the early settlers and the family that farmed on Captiva in the late 1800s. The film also covers the passing of the property from owner to owner.

At the event, DVDs of the “Captiva Memories” series will be for sale.

The CIHS will also have on hand its limited edition map. In 2014, it commissioned Xplorer Maps to create an illustrated map of both islands with historical landmarks hand drawn and hand lettered.

Event tickets are $10 each.

There will be complimentary refreshments and appetizers from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

A cash bar will also be available for those interested.

The evening is being sponsored by Captiva Cruises.

To purchase tickets, call 239-472-2323 or visit www.eventbrite.com and search for the Captiva Island Historical Society’s “Double-Feature Film Night” event. There is also a link on the CIHS website.

For more information, call 239-472-2323 or visit www.captivaislandhistoricalsociety.org.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.