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Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 86 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2018
Available in French: No

Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys is an award-winning documentary about the federal government's ban on Florida's iconic airboats in much of the Everglades. The measure is part of the world's largest and most expensive effort to repair a damaged ecosystem, a vast river of sawgrass and cypress swamps that has been ravaged by more than a century of development, pollution, and other environmental degradation.

The outcome will determine the future of the region's water supply and its ability to withstand rising sea levels. It may also lead to the demise of the Gladesmen, who for more than a century have hunted alligators and gigged frogs, sought peace on isolated tree islands, and taken refuge from the ever-increasing development that has carved up the Everglades. 
DVD Features
Scene selection and SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
"Gladesmen offers rare insight into a community long-associated with the Florida Everglades, though now pushed to the margins as conservation efforts become increasingly exclusionary and critical to the ecosystem's long term survival. The film offers no easy answers, instead providing a thoughtful platform to explore the consequences of environmental restoration and protection to those who call this landscape home. A great film for environmental studies classes, while its engaging story and vivid imagery would appeal to a much broader audience."
- Dr. Laura Ogden, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College,
Author, Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades
"Gladesmen provides a striking portrait of the few remaining gladesmen and women whose families for decades have plied the Everglades sawgrass for sustenance and the freedom of riding the wind through the River of Grass. But it also tells why their uninhibited lifestyle must change as the south Florida ecosystem succumbs to a century of human attempts to 'tame' this dynamic water-driven region. Gladesmen provides a focal point for appreciating the cultural and environmental impacts of an ill-conceived manipulation of nature for short-term gains. Its perspective is challenging and will undoubtedly lead to much classroom discussion."
- Dr. C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr., Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

Made in Miami Award, Miami Film Festival

Screened at:
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
GlobeDocs Film Festival
Monadnock International Film Festival
Canes Film Festival

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