Produced in conjunction with Lamar University, “Blacksmith” is a 16-minute documentary that highlights the work of Rob Flurry, the resident blacksmith at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum in Beaumont, Texas. Unlike the blacksmiths portrayed in the media today, Flurry’s craftsmanship is that of the old-school artisan – no expensive equipment; no modern forge in which to work. Instead, Flurry relies solely on nature’s elements of fire, iron, air, and water (along with his own strength) to hammer out beautiful creations within the smoky furnace of his shop.
“Blacksmith” was filmed in the tradition of poetic documentary – no voice overs, monologue or dialogue is spoken. All of the action is put to music that compliments the mood of the scene.
Following the premiere of “Blacksmith,” a short four-minute film titled, “Fire and Steel,” will be screened in which Flurry discusses how he got into blacksmithing, what the art means to him and where it’s going in today’s world of automation. Frank DiCesare, President and CEO of Oskar Films and Mr. Flurry will take questions from the audience after both films are shown. Trailers for “Blacksmith” and “Fire and Steel” can be viewed at http://www.frankdicesarephoto.com/oskar-films.