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Tales of Sunshine: Florida EcoStories - "The Fisherman"

Through a meditative journey into the depths of Florida ecology, Tales of Sunshine observes the intimate and inspiring stories of four naturalists during the height of COVID-19. Explore the web of subtropical life with a conservation biologist, an ex-convict fisherman, a mermaid activist and a farm worker coalition leader.

In this episode, recreational angler Freddy Matos finds peace on the water. Matos navigates a new life of community building and citizen-science after spending five years locked away in federal prison.

  • Vincent Marcucci
  • Freddy Matos
    Key Cast
  • Christopher Shick
    Production Coordinator
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Environment, Human, Profile
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 5, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Central Florida
Director Biography - Vincent Marcucci

Vincent Marcucci is an emerging filmmaker born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida, United States. Through an ecological focus, Marcucci's stories unveil the interconnections between the self and the other. His documentaries Split Oak (2019) and Tales of Sunshine: Florida EcoStories (2022) explore environmental beauty and conflict, while his short film Thrift Store (2018) plays with the human-object relationship. Marcucci seeks to share human and wildlife stories that represent justice across time, space and species.

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