The Day It Snowed In Miami, an Emmy-winning documentary that showcases South Florida’s role in the LGBT-rights movement, can now be viewed online, in high definition and its entirety.
The documentary, presented by the Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) and WPBT-Channel 2, was recognized Dec. 13 as “Best Historical Documentary” during the 38th annual Suncoast Emmy Awards gala in Fort Lauderdale.
The film also won the prestigious 2014 Aurora Award for “great technical execution, good variety of material sources, clear, in-depth interviews.”
The Day It Snowed In Miami, which broadcast nationally on PBS and screened at South Florida theaters, covers the political battle lines in Miami in 1977 when LGBT activists sought approval of a then-controversial human rights law. Singer and orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant led the opposition.
The film’s title serves as a metaphor: The ordinance that sparked the outrage was debated by Dade County 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 86-minute film, directed by Joe Cardona and 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.