Frank DiCesare was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and graduated from Stonehill College with a bachelor’s degree in English. He also holds master’s degrees in English and English Education from Seton Hall University and Boston University, respectively. A veteran journalist, his work has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Travel Guide, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News and many other publications. In 2017, he turned his attention to documentary and filmmaking and formed Oskar Films, a division within his creative services firm, DiCesare Media Company. “Blacksmith” is his first film, which was shot in conjunction with Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Mr. DiCesare lives in Sarasota, Florida.
Film (Documentary and Short) Producer/Director "Blacksmith" is a 16-minute documentary that highlights the work of Rob Flurry, the resident blacksmith at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum in Beaumont, Texas. Unlike the blacksmiths portrayed in the media today, Flurry's craftsmanship is that of the old-school artisan - no expensive equipment; no modern forge in which to work. Instead, Flurry relies solely on nature's elements of fire, iron, air, and water (along with his own strength) to hammer out beautiful creations within the smoky furnace of his shop. "Blacksmith" was filmed in the tradition of poetic documentary - no voice overs, monologue or dialogue is spoken. All of the action is put to music that compliments the mood of the scene.
Official Selection - Boomtown Film & Music Festival
Official Selection - Miami Independent Film Festival