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Egmont Passage: The Facts Behind The Fiction (A History Of Coastal Tampa Bay)

(This is a teacher/student collaboration from Palmetto High School) This documentary was produced by four Palmetto High School students, led by their television production teacher who directed and produced this 38-minute video. Produced on less than a $1,000 budget, this video examines the history of coastal Tampa Bay. A dozen local experts were interviewed for this project that covers history from the prehistoric era through present-day Florida. Inspired by the young-adult historical novel, Egmont Passage: Tale of the Seventh Mystery, student narrators follow the footsteps of three fictional characters as they time-travel from the 21st Century into Florida's rich historical past.

  • Antonino Fabiano
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  • Antonino Fabiano and Summer Snyder
  • Antonino Fabiano
  • Summer Snyder and Max Gavin (Narrators)
    Key Cast
  • Summer Snyder
    Production Assistants
  • Max Gavin
    Production Assistants
  • Marco Mancillas
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  • Austin O'Reilly
    Production Assistants
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    38 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    Digital Video
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Director Biography - Antonino Fabiano

Nino Fabiano has been the the television production and broadcast teacher at Palmetto High School since 2005. Over the course of his ten-years at PHS he, along with his students, produced nearly 1,500 Tiger TV newscasts. Nino is also the producer of two other video documentaries, and author of 4 fictional novels, mostly set in the Tampa Bay area. He spent a career in the Air Force as a Public Affairs Officer and broadcast commander for Armed Forces Radio and Television Services. He served in numerous assignments throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and northern Africa. A highlight of his career was serving at the Pentagon as a Public Affairs Officer for two Chairmen of the Joint Chief of Staff: Generals Colin Powell and John Shalikashvili.

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Director Statement

"It was an enjoyable experience to work with my television production students on this historical documentary. We shot numerous hours of video on-location throughout coastal Tampa Bay, and it was exciting to observe my high school students perform at such a high level of professionalism and dedication."