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Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast

Posted on Jan 01, 2016 in Coastal Dunes Film , Emmy Awards , January-February 2016

Nic Stoltzfus, screenwriter for “Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast,” was nominated in the writing category for a Suncoast Emmy Award. Photo by Elam Stoltzfus

The “Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast” documentary film, which features Seaside founder Robert Davis, was nominated for three regional Emmy Awards in the following categories: music, photography and writing.

The Suncoast Emmy Awards choose top films from the following region: the entire State of Florida; Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans, La.; Mobile, Ala.; Thomasville, Ga.; and Puerto Rico.

Eric Schrotenboer is the composer for the film and was nominated in the music category. Schrotenboer has written music for more than 100 short films, a feature film, several feature length documentaries, numerous commercials and TV spots, and special effect theaters and museum projects. He has also written a classical ballet, and a variety of children’s projects. This is his first Emmy nomination.

Elam Stoltzfus is the cinematographer for the film and was nominated in the photography category. Stoltzfus has been documenting natural Florida for more than 30 years, and this film is his sixth feature-length film on Florida. In 2013, he was awarded an Emmy from the Suncoast Chapter for his work on the film, “Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee.”

Nic Stoltzfus is the screenwriter for the film and was nominated in the writing category. Stoltzfus has written several shorts featured on Florida public television, and his work has been featured in regional film festivals. He also wrote a coffee table book that is a companion to the film (which can be found at Seaside’s own Sundog Books). This is his first Emmy nomination.

“Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast” is a one-hour documentary film that showcases the coastal dune lakes of northwest Florida. Many rare and endangered animals are found along these lakes from sea turtles to beach mice to shorebirds. The film takes you on a journey from Florida to New South Wales, Australia, to reveal to viewers what makes these lakes unique and what humans can do to protect these fragile ecosystems.

For more information on this project, and to purchase the documentary, go to