Thursday, October 30, 2014

Captain Tony Years (Rhoades)

Front Row at the Movies

Captain Tony Speaks Out At Tropic

Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades

Most everybody who comes to Key West pays a visit to Captain Tony’s Saloon. But those of us who have lived here for a while valued our visits with the man himself. The late Captain Tarracino was quite a character -- former mayor, barkeeper, fisherman, and outrageous raconteur. A fixture in the eccentric landscape of our city.

Local filmmaker Jeremy P. Hyatt spent a lot of time with Tony, recording his life story, his outrageous philosophical observations, his tall tales, his place in our history. With the help of Nine Pound Lemon Films co-producer Bobbi Degnan, he gives us a documentary titled "Captain Tony Years." It’s playing tonight (Thursday, October 30) only at the Tropic Cinema, followed by a launch party for the DVD at Turtle Kraals.

Proceeds from the showing go to Aids Help. And with a movie ticket stub the drinks are 2-for-1 at the after party.

The film is a slice of Key West history. With a tagline of "From his lips to our ears," we get to hear the best wit and wisdom from one of our more memorable citizen, a New Jersey guy who came to Key West so long ago he became part of the woodwork.

Music in the film is by Don Middlebrook. He will be making an appearance at the Tropic along with Hyatt and crew.

If you never had the opportunity to meet Captain Tony, you can do it here -- on film.

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