See ‘Unseen Florida’ with filmmaker

How well do you really know Florida? Do you know what a “cow hunter” really is?

You may find out on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, on “Unseen Florida: Journeys with Elam Stoltzfus” at 8 p.m.

For 30 years, Stoltzfus has been documenting Florida’s exquisite wildlife. The result is a collection of eight, at 60 minutes each. Released from 2004 to 2019, they reveal a Florida that is unseen by many. Going beyond the well-trodden tales of beaches and theme parks, Stoltzfus shines a light on the lesser-known people and places of Florida, highlighting stories that will change your perspective on the Sunshine State – even if you live here.

On Wednesday at 8 p.m. on WGCU HD and also WGCU’s Facebook page, watch a 90-minute compilation of all his documentaries titled “Unseen Florida: Unseen Florida: Journeys with Elam Stoltzfus.” Stoltzfus and WGCU’s Pam James will talk about these films and Stoltzfus’ dedication to conservation as well as filmmaking.

Stoltzfus got his start in film-making 30 years ago in LA: Lower Alabama. He first picked up a camera in 1984 working for WeCare, a prison ministry in Atmore. He has been filming ever since. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Florida State University in 1988 and started Live Oak Production Group (now Stoltzfus Media), an independent film company, in 1991. Since then he has produced countless shorts, documentaries featured on public television, and recently an Emmy for his work on the “Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee” film. The Florida Wildlife Federation recognized Stoltzfus as the 2014 Conservationist of the Year for Florida. He said, “This award means just as much or more than the Emmy because it validates his work not just as a filmmaker, but as an artist striving to protect Florida’s natural beauty.”

WGCU is conducting a fund drive with gifts of books and documentaries by Stoltzfus and his son, Nic, a writer.

Among the gifts:

“Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast,” a 132-page book that won the 2015 Florida Book Award in the visual arts category.

“Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles,” a 132-page closeup of that week-long drive in 2016.

A DVD of Wednesday night’s 90-minute program.

A DVD boxed set of all eight documentaries is also available.

Tune in for details, or learn more at

Author: Dayna Harpster