Blacksmith

“Blacksmith” is a 15-minute documentary that highlights the work of Rob Flurry, the resident blacksmith at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum in Beaumont, Texas. Unlike the blacksmiths portrayed in the media today, Flurry’s craftsmanship is that of the old-school artisan – no expensive equipment; no modern forge in which to work. Instead, Flurry relies solely on nature’s elements of fire, iron, air, and water (along with his own strength) to hammer out beautiful creations within the smoky furnace of his shop.

“Blacksmith” was filmed in the tradition of poetic documentary – no voice overs, monologue or dialogue is spoken. All of the action is put to music that compliments the mood of the scene.

  • Frank DiCesare
    Director
  • Frank DiCesare
    Producer
  • Rob Flurry
    Key Cast
  • Tyler Hargraves
    Assistant Camera
  • Mahmoud Salimi
    Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 21, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • World Premiere (Non commercial, one-night screening)
    Beaumont
    United States
    October 28, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
    Miami, FL
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Boomtown Film & Music Festival
    Beaumont, Texas
    United States
    Official Selection
  • WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival
    Houston
    United States
    Special Jury Award (Remi)
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Director Biography - Frank DiCesare

Frank DiCesare was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and graduated from Stonehill College with a bachelor’s degree in English. He also holds master’s degrees in English and English Education from Seton Hall University and Boston University respectively. A veteran journalist, his work has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Travel Guide, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News and many other publications. In 2017, he turned his attention to documentary and filmmaking and formed Oskar Films, a division within his creative services firm, DiCesare Media Company. “Blacksmith” is his first film, which was shot in conjunction with Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Mr. DiCesare lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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