Edison & Ford Winter Estates Hosts Fort Myers Film Festival


Media Contacts:
Lisa Sbuttoni, vice president, community & visitor relations
Lisa Wilson, APR, public relations

PHOTO: Visitors enjoy a film screening on the Ford lawn at Edison & Ford Winter Estates.
   Edison & Ford Winter Estates Hosts Fort Myers Film Festival
FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 16, 2018) -- On March 23 the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Fort Myers Film Festival will present “Mullet and Mangroves,” on the historic Ford lawn. Gates open at 7 p.m.
The film, directed by Ilene Safron of Main Sail Video, shows Cayo Costa Island through the eyes of pioneering fishing families' stories from their modern-day children. The documentary was a project of the Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and the Barrier Island Parks Society. 

“This is the Film Festival’s eighth year and we are excited to be a part of it for the first time,” said Lisa Sbuttoni, vice president of visitor & community relations. 

A short film on Tom Smoot, Jr., will precede the film. Smoot is a Fort Myers resident, long-time supporter of Edison Ford and author of “The Edisons of Fort Myers: Discoveries of the Heart.” The clip highlights his contributions to the Estates and discusses his role in the acquisition of the Ford Estate in the 1980s. 

Tickets are $5 for Edison Ford and Film Festival members and $10 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased the night of the event or online at Ecommerce.EdisonFordWinterEstates.org. For more information, call 239-334-7419.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison & Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 250,000 visitors walk through the site each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The site is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.