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Tales of Sunshine - "The Mermaid"

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 subtropical web of environmental justice with a conservation biologist, an ex-convict fisherman, a mermaid activist and a farm worker coalition leader.

In this episode, Professional Mermaid Michelle Colson glides through crystal clear water identifying Florida's abundant natural springs. Mermaids need water though, and Michelle recently discovered plans by the Nestlé corporation to tap into the state's freshwater reserves. Now her passionate power of protection supports local grassroots groups in preserving their natural resource.

  • Vincent Marcucci
    Split Oak
  • Michelle Colson
    Key Cast
  • Christopher Shick
    Production Coordinator
  • Kristen Gallo
    Production Coordinator
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student, Television
  • Genres:
    Environment, Human, Profile
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 19, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    600 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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