Documentary

Travel with Florida's Master of the Weird!

Jul 11, 2017

WEIRD FLORIDA: ROADS LESS TRAVELED

Florida is a state known for its sun, surf, and sand, where South Beach is famous and theme parks are abundant.  But wait a minute! Florida also has a darker, offbeat and downright weird side, where ancient mysteries and legends reside. Florida can be a state of confusion with searches for bizarre beasts and answers to unexplained phenomena. 

Johanne Rahaman / blackflorida.org


How The '68 Election Changed America

Nov 3, 2016

9pm NIXON'S THE ONE: The '68 Election - History/Culture Documentary 

A WLRN Original Production

In 1962, Richard Nixon's once meteoric political career lay in ruins. The former vice-president had suffered two bitter losses; one in the 1960 presidential race against John F. Kennedy, the other in a bid for the governorship of his home state of California. Yet, only six years later, Nixon would be elected President of the United States. How did it happen? Why did it happen?

Treblinka's Last Witness, Samuel Willenberg, Dies At 93

Feb 22, 2016
Courtesy Samuel Willenberg

With the death of Samuel Willenberg on Friday at 93, the last surviving witness of the horrific crimes committed by Nazi Germany at Treblinka has gone.

 

I met Samuel in Tel Aviv four years ago when WLRN asked me to produce a television documentary about the infamous death camp. It was an assignment I accepted with trepidation. After all, what else was there to say about the Holocaust? And how does one ask the last survivor of Treblinka to revisit the horrors on camera?

 

 

TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS, a WLRN original documentary, is a first-hand account of Samuel Willenberg’s life as a Jewish prisoner of the Treblinka death camp.  

WLRN Radio interview with Samuel Willenberg - 2014

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Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound

Sep 19, 2014

An Original Documentary from WLRN

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound tells the story of how two musical geniuses created the first black-owned record label in Florida and changed the face of soul music in Miami forever.

This one-hour film explores the early days of soul music in Florida, the era’s pioneers and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape.
 

WLRN's hour long original documentary pays tribute to Florida Jews who have served in military campaigns from the Seminole Wars through Afghanistan, and who sometimes made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Stories From The Overseas Highway

Feb 11, 2013

WLRN's new documentary takes viewers on a rollicking ride along Florida’s only All-American Road.
Experience the stunning beauty of the Florida Keys and meet a colorful cast of off-beat characters in this half-hour documentary about an unforgettable road trip on “the highway that goes to sea.”  Filmmaker Tim Long (Bohemia in the Tropics, Escape to Dreamland) heads off the mainland down US Highway One from Key Largo to Key West in search of the people who personify the Florida Keys’ unique, funky, laid-back island culture.

Update 8 a.m. Sunday, December 23: "Weird Florida" On Page One

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel featured WLRN's latest documentary, "Weird Florida," on its Sunday front page story on December 23. Reporter Johnny Diaz interviewed WLRN's own Mia Lorenzo:

WLRN producer Mia Laurenzo says she wanted to take viewers on a TV tour of seldom-seen attractions.

"I like it when viewers say, 'Wow, I really didn't know that' — especially people who live here,'' says Laurenzo, who traveled with Carlson, the dog and a cameraman for several weeks beginning in May.

Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory

Oct 8, 2012

A Production of WLRN

Hialeah Speedway, the legendary South Florida racetrack, was more than just a place. It was a moment in time, captured through the roar of the racecars on a Saturday night; on a short flat track that was once considered one of the most challenging in the country. 

Our story begins back in the early 1950’s when an organization called the Greater Miami Racing Association decided to start a racetrack. They built it in the middle of nowhere, a sleepy little farm town west of Miami called Hialeah. But the fans started to come.

Prohibition and the South Florida Connection

Oct 7, 2012

For many, the word Prohibition conjures up scenes of gang wars in New York, New Jersey and Chicago along with some of the decade’s most infamous characters, Bugs Moran, Meyer Lansky and Al Capone. Yet few realize the prominent role South Florida, and its Caribbean neighbors played in the transportation of illegal booze into the U.S. during this infamous era. Depicting the prohibition era experience from Palm Beach to Key West is the engaging documentary, “Prohibition and the South Florida Connection.”

Out of Darkness, Into Light

Oct 5, 2012

Out of Darkness, Into Light is a half hour documentary which delves into the lives of three adult survivors of child sexual abuse, who through their own personal experiences, are committed to helping others affected by this unthinkable crime.

Statistics show that ninety percent of child victims know their offender, with almost half of the offenders being a family member.

With this knowledge, it is believed through education and awareness child sexual abuse can be prevented.

Key West: Bohemia In The Tropics

Sep 1, 2012

Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics is lively account of a largely unknown story: how a radical government experiment in community building during the Great Depression created the Key West of today. 

The film introduces characters such as New Deal administrator Julius Stone, who leads the controversial effort to transform Key West into "The Bermuda of Florida." And we meet some of the era's preeminent poets and writers, including Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and Ernest Hemingway, who "discover" Key West in the 1920s and are outraged by the government's transformation of "their" sleepy little island into a tourist town.

All Shook Up

Aug 30, 2012

“Miami was like a Mecca for three or four months in the winter, everything happened in Miami.  It was the center of the entertainment world really.”
 
-Dick Cami - Night Club Owner/Entertainment Manager
 
In the days before heavy metal and hip hop, Miami was a melting pot for the growing music industry.  Miami was considered America’s winter playground, the land of palm trees and sunshine.  It was a hotspot for tourists, entertainers and locals seeking a taste of the good life.  Hailed by many musicians and recording stars as the “most unbelievable place to be”, Miami’s rich musical background is waiting to be discovered by a wider audience.

Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami

Aug 30, 2012

In 1960, a young boxer named Cassius Clay came to Miami, determined to become world heavyweight champion. In the end, he became something more—a legend. Combining original footage with interviews of those who were closest to him—including his trainer, Angelo Dundee, fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco, and Ali's Miami neighbors and friends—Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami is the story of that evolution, as well as a chronicle of Miami's historic black community and the famed Fifth Street Gym. See why, without Miami, there might never have been a Muhammad Ali.

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