Edison & Ford Winter Estates to host “Titanic” Exhibit and Movie Showing


Edison & Ford Winter Estates Contacts:
Chris Pendleton, President & CEO, 239-334-7419
Janet Wilson, PR & Marketing Director, 239-334-7419
Pure Florida Contacts:
Krista Cartee, APR, Priority Marketing, 239-267-2638 or 239-410-6518 (cell)
Holly Boldrin, APR, Priority Marketing, 239-267-2638 or 239-887-9335 (cell)

Photos: Ford Lawn on the Caloosahatchee set for movie night; Edison Ford Chief Curator, Mike Cosden;Pure Florida's Captain Lance Julian;"Titanic" film photo provided by Marine Coordinator, Captain Lance Julian  

Edison & Ford Winter Estates to host “Titanic” Exhibit and Movie Showing

Pure Florida Captains and
John Scoular to provide insider’s look on filming of “Titanic”

FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 13, 2015) – Edison & Ford Winter Estates invites the community to take a historical journey, following along the unique history of film from Thomas Edison’s early film years to the making of the movie, Titanic. Edison Ford’s Chief Curator, Mike Cosden, Captain Lance Julian and Captain Harry Julian of Pure Florida and filmmaker, John Scoular will present an all-inclusive look into the evolution of film and its impact on the industry. The special feature will be encompassed in two events at Edison Ford, including a Titanic Film Exhibit and Filmmaker Discussion on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Movie Showing of Titanic on the Ford Lawn and Filmmakers Discussion, an Insider’s Look, on Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.
Edison Ford Museum’s Titanic Film Exhibit and Filmmakers Discussion will feature dialogue on the behind-the-scenes filming of the movie, Titanic. During the event, Cosden will discuss the history of Edison and his creation of more than 1,000 films through Edison Studios, his inventions and his place in history during the early 20th Century. The Edison Ford Museum has a fascinating and extensive collection of Edison’s early film equipment, and an exhibit of prized artifacts from the film, including production blueprints, photographs of the movie making and a 3-foot model of the Titanic will be on display in the Edison Ford Museum.

Captain Harry Julian will discuss the history of the great ships, including the Titanic, as well as the advances in nautical safety that arose after the Titanic disaster. Scoular will discuss some of the film techniques used and provide insight into how this fascinating industry has evolved over the years. Captain Lance Julian, Titanic Marine Coordinator, will finish the special night with an insider’s take on the filming of the movie. Guests can enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar while learning more about the film-making process. Edison Ford members will receive free admission to the event on Sunday, October 25, and general public admission is $12.

Each year, Edison Ford hosts a novel film-watching experience for the Southwest Florida community that features a unique ‘historical and insider’s approach.’ The upcoming showing was inspired by the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, portrayed in the film, which took place in Edison’s era. Shortly before the sinking of the famous Titanic, Edison traveled to Europe with his family aboard another great ship, the Mauretania, in 1911.

The event was inspired by the partnership between Edison Ford and Pure Florida, and Pure Florida’s river cruises on the M/V Edison Explorer. As the directors of the marine aspects of this film, Captain Lance Julian and Captain Harry Julian can provide an insightful perspective of their first-hand experience to the filming of the Titanic, the 90 percent scale replica ship that was built for filming in a giant tank on the coast of Mexico, as well as the hazardous filming in the frigid waters off Nova Scotia.

The Movie Showing of Titanic on the Ford Lawn and Filmmakers Discussion, an Insider’s Look, will feature a wonderful night of movie watching, film discussion and delicious food. The community is invited to join Edison Ford and the filmmakers on the Ford Lawn to watch the award-winning Titanic on the wide screen. With the Caloosahatchee and historical views as a backdrop, guests will enjoy a magical evening at  Edison Ford. Guests are encouraged to come early and enjoy barbecue, veggie sandwiches, soft drinks, beer and wine, take a tour of the site, get a good seat and watch the sunset. Chairs will be provided on the lawn, and the public is invited to bring their own chairs as well. The film showing will occur after sunset and includes filmmakers comments. Admission to the movie on November 6, 2015 showing will be $5 for Edison Ford members and $20 for the general public. Dinner and beverages will be provided at an additional cost.

Registration is recommended and can be made by contacting Leeanne Criswell, program registrar at Edison & Ford Winter Estates, by emailing lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or calling 239-334-7419. This film is not suggested for children. For more information about the upcoming events or Edison & Ford Winter Estates, visit www.EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.


Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. In 2014 the Edison Botanical Laboratory was named a National Historic Chemical Landmark.  For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at www.EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.

About Pure Florida
In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Naples and Fort Myers, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters, group events and educational field trips for schools and students. In addition to Pure Florida, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Naples location at 239-263-4949 or its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965.