Examine complex issues and explore new cultures in west central Florida and beyond through WEDU’s in-depth documentaries.

 

Past Documentaries

Central Avenue Remembered

Relive the history of Tampa’s Central Avenue as a destination for black businesses. During its hey-day between 1930-1960, many important figures appeared on Central Avenue; Hank Ballard (co-creator of “The Twist”), Butterfly McQueen (“Gone With the Wind”) and Ray Charles to name a few. Watch Online

 

Extraordinary Grace: The Reverend Dr. A. Leon Lowry

Explore Dr. Lowry’s legacy of civil rights, education, and ministry that left an indelible mark on the Tampa Bay area, the country, and the hearts of the innumerable lives he impacted. Dr. Lowry was instrumental in bringing change to Tampa Bay through peaceful protests—a concept one of his students, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., took to heart. Watch Online

 

The Florida Dream

Space coast. Climate control. Growth management. Retirement community. Florida has not only become an iconic state but one that has also given birth to new words in the American vernacular. Based on Gary Mormino’s book “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams,” The Florida Dream examines the great social, cultural and economic forces that drove the dramatic transformation of Florida. Watch Online

 

Historic Green Village: Generating the Future, Treasuring the Past

Explore how the Historic Green Village on Anna Maria Island, Florida has become a showcase for sustainable living, electrical generation and water conservation by recycling and renovating historic buildings in the area. More

 

Kids Rock Cancer

KIDS ROCK CANCER examines a unique St. Louis area music therapy program from the patient perspective, through children who have benefited from the program, including 7-year-old Arianna and 19-year-old Pierre. A unique and successful music therapy program, Kids Rock Cancer offers children battling cancer and other blood disorders the opportunity to express what they are experiencing through a creative and supportive intervention. More

 

La Musica at Thirty

Take a colorful, intimate look at the world-class chamber music festival held annually in Sarasota, Florida, as it celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with music and behind-the-scenes interviews with composers, performers, and audience-members who are invited to observe every moment of the artists’ preparation. Watch Online

 

Project: Shattered Silence

PROJECT: SHATTERED SILENCE is a candid, in-depth look at the remarkable real life stories of 46 teenagers in the Tampa Bay Area. WEDU, in partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall, captured the catharsis of a group of courageous teenagers who were willing to bare their souls, and share their intriguing, heart-wrenching stories of struggle and survival, rejection and acceptance, and ultimately, unwavering hope. More

 

The Silent Majority

Ever wonder why some teens stay drug and alcohol free? The Silent Majority gives some surprising answers to what teens really want to help them make good choices about drugs and alcohol. At no time in history have young people faced more challenges to their health and wellbeing, yet the majority of teens are making good choices. More

 

Too Close to Home: Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay

Behind our world-famous beaches, tourist attractions and sunny suburbs lies an alarming secret: Tampa Bay is a hotbed for human trafficking. The documentary and roundtable discussion are part of a larger effort by WEDU and our partners to bring awareness about human trafficking to our neighborhood. More

 

Venice, Florida: Moving Forward by Looking Back

Explore the history of Venice from a master planned community, funded in part by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers who wanted a sunny utopian for their brotherhood to today’s “new urbanism” which isn’t new at all for this charming city by the sea. Watch Online

 

Veterans – The Telling Project

Six Florida military veterans and one military spouse tell their personal stories through dramatic performances on stage. Go behind the scenes of the theatrical process, following the diverse cast of service members for five months as they learn their dramatic cues, cultivate friendships and reconnect with emotional memories. More