GLADESMEN: THE LAST OF THE SAWGRASS COWBOYS
Running Time: 86min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award
Buoyed by stunning natural imagery, accessible science and a colorful cast of characters, this timely documentary explores the vibrant culture of Florida’s airboaters, the men and women who have navigated the Everglades for generations—and whose way of life is on the cusp of vanishing.
With its dizzying diversity of flora and fauna, the Everglades constitute Florida’s most emblematic terrain, supplying much of our drinking water and attracting visitors from all over the world. The increasingly precarious state of the Everglades’ ecosystem has prompted the world’s largest environmental restoration project—an initiative that seeks to ban the use of private airboats. While restorationists clearly articulate the urgency of curbing the impact of airboats, members of the Airboat Association of Florida claim the ban is hypocritical. Gladesmen provides a platform for advocates on both sides of this contentious issue.
This film is also featured in the 2018 Film Festival’s Knight Made in MIA Award film category.
There will be a panel discussion after the screening.
Director: David Abel
Producer: David Abel, Andy Laub
Executive Producer: David Abel, Andy Laub
Music: Andy Laub
Cinematographer: Cassandra Keith, Trevor Green
Editor: Andy Laub