The Day It Snowed In Miami, a documentary about LGBT rights and the 1977 Anita Bryant campaign in Miami-Dade County, has been nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award.
Posted by producer Joe Cardona to Facebook:
“Honored to have two documentary films nominated for an Emmy!!!! For The Day it Snowed in Miami and Miami Boheme!!!!! For The Day it Snowed in Miami: Congratulations to Shed Boren (Exec Producer) Nancy San Martin (producer, writer) Steve Rothaus (producer) Jose Iglesias (Producer, editor, director of photog), Margot Winick (Narrator) and Steve Roitstein (musical score); for Miami Boheme congrats to Steve Roitstein (exec producer) Ralf Gonzalez (co-director, producer), Denise Galvez (associate producer) Bobby McCuen and Phil Colodetti (Sound Engineering) ....... congrats also to all my friends and fellow Miamians who were nominated ... special shout out to Chad Tingle, Marlon Johnson and Dennis Scholl for their nomination for Deep City ... Miami music are well represented in this year's Emmys!!!!!”
The documentary’s title serves as a metaphor: the ordinance that sparked the outrage was debated by commissioners on an uncharacteristically frigid night and some opponents at the time remarked that the ordinance would pass "when hell freezes over." The morning after the ordinance was approved — Jan. 19, 1977 — Miamians woke up to snowflakes for the first and, so far, only time.
The ordinance and subsequent battle in South Florida between liberal supporters and conservative singer Anita Bryant's Save Our Children group, thrust gay rights into the national spotlight for the first time and the film documents the LGBT movement through the present.
The 86-minute film, narrated by Margot Winick, is produced by Shed Boren of Genesis Fund, Cardona, El Nuevo Herald videographer Jose Iglesias, Miami Herald LGBT issues reporter Steve Rothaus and Miami Herald interactive editor Nancy San Martin.
The Day It Snowed In Miami is co-presented by the Miami Herald and WPBT-Channel 2.
Available on DVD
‘The Day It Snowed In Miami’ can be purchased on DVD. Discs are $19.99 including shipping and handling. Click here to buy.