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Cracker Crazy: Invisible Histories of the Sunshine State (2007)

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Renegade filmmaker Georg Koszulinski takes on Florida's history from a decidedly different point of view. Blending archival and original footage, he brings to life a cast of historical ... See full summary »

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Renegade filmmaker Georg Koszulinski takes on Florida's history from a decidedly different point of view. Blending archival and original footage, he brings to life a cast of historical characters spanning over 12,000 years, from Florida's ancient Indians to the migrant farm workers of the 21st century. Meet Osceola and the Seminoles, who fought alongside escaped slaves in the most costly Indian War in American History. Unmask Florida's Ku Klux Klan and don't forget about Walt Disney and Henry Flagler - perhaps the two characters most responsible for the Florida we know today. Written by Anonymous

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All histories are invisible histories, some are just more invisible than others.


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Original, Unique, Very Educational
11 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Koszulinksi has not only done a service to Floridians and local historians but to all Americans (and citizens of the world) who want to know more about some of the central people, periods, and events in America's history than most high school or college history books cover.

This is up-close-and-personal history. The amount covered is phenomenal -- but the viewer never has the feeling that anything is short-shrift-ed. From the Seminole Indians to the Ku Klux Klan to Walt Disney (did you know he was a U.S. government spy?) to Henry Flagler's famed (disastrous and now defunct) railroad to Key West, the narrative is always educational -- and always fascinating.

The narrators, including Vietnam Vet and peace activist Scott Camill (featured in the recently re-released 1971 documentary "Winter Soldier"), tell the story in lively but clear voices (sometimes in the character of a historical personage) in alternation with live footage and on-camera interviews.

Koszulinksi has also written, produced, and directed several other films, as well as acted in some of them: Silent Voyeur (2004), Blood of the Beast (2003), and Desinformatsia (2002). He won several awards for Blood of the Beast, a futuristic end-of-the-world horror flick.

I moved from New York (where I was born) to Florida in 2000. Who would have thought that Florida history could be as interesting as The Big Apple's? Koszulinski is a unique and gifted writer and film-maker.

I thoroughly enjoyed Cracker Crazy and learned a great deal.


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