Steve DeGroodt, visual artist and filmmaker, is a BFA graduate from Florida Atlantic University. He grew up in Melbourne, Florida but lives and works in Los Angeles. His first film, RESIDUE (1984), was shot in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, and questions the influence of Western media within that culture. Residue was featured at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in California. It was also screened in 2016 in Venice, California at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center.
The Life & Times of Dr. Henry Perrine, DeGroodt’s most recent film, is a documentary short that reveals many little known facts about Florida’s first visionary botanist / plant explorer. Located within the Florida Keys of the 1830s with the Second Seminole War looming, Dr. Perrine introduced many new beneficial tropical plants to Florida but it would cost him his life.
This new documentary was premiered Jan.10 & 11, 2017 at the Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada, Florida. Jan.19th it was screened at the Custom House Museum in Key West, Florida as part of their film series "Art in History,History in Art."
************ The Life & Times of Dr. Henry Perrine will have its West coast premier at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center at 7 pm, Sunday, August 23, 2017