Film Screening and Exhibit Opening at Edison Ford


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Marketing & PR Director239-334-7419

                         Film Screening and Exhibit Opening at Edison Ford 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 12, 2016) -- On October 28, Edison & Ford Winter Estates will bring back the outdoor movies under the stars with the film screening of "Wind Across the Everglades." This 1958 classic about the tragic era of bird plume hunting in the Florida Everglades will be shown on the Ford lawn. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. 

In scenes from "Wind Across the Everglades," actors Tony Galento, Christopher Plummer and Burl Ives are shown in the first image. Emmett Kelly appears in the second image, second from left.
The film's main character is a game warden hired to enforce conservation laws in Florida, but finds himself up against a group of bird poachers. The story is based on Guy Bradley's life -- the game warden who was shot and killed by plume hunters in 1905.

The movie was filmed on location in Everglades National Park in technicolor. It's filled with nature footage of birds roosting and flying, plus alligators and other Everglades wildlife.  

The characters depict what life was like in South Florida at the turn of the century and how hunters would not let anyone get in their way of collecting the bird feathers that at the time were reportedly worth more money than gold. 

The cast includes Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer, Chana Eden, Peter Falk, Emmett Kelly and Gypsy Rose Lee. Renowned screenwriter, Budd Schulberg supervised editing and completed film direction and production. 

K. C. Schulberg, a third-generation film executive and nephew of Budd Schulberg, the original screenwriter, will speak about the film's production.

Visitors are also invited to see the new exhibit, "Birds of Southwest Florida" in Edison's Caretaker's House. Historic photographs, artwork and other objects will be on display. 

Tickets for the movie and exhibit are $20 for non-members and $10 for Edison Ford members. Refreshments will be available for purchase. A limited number of chairs will be provided; however, guests may bring a chair. 

For more information, call 239-334-7419 or

Edison & Ford Winter Estates 
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.