Enzian bids a fond farewell and lots of good luck wishes to longtime friend and supporter Charles(“Chas”) Martin and his wife Heather as they leave Central Florida this week to move to the wilds of British Columbia, Canada. Chas is a local writer and freelance film critic (and reportedly once was a child actor as well) whose work has been published at OrlandoCitybeat.com, FilmThreat.com, BoxOffice, MovieMaker, and other magazines in the US and England. He has served on both the Student Works jury and the Shorts jury for the Florida Film Festival, and his love of classic films, cult films, and silents was always an inspiration. Even though the KidFest Film Series screenings took place at 12:30 in the afternoon during the summer, I somehow knew that Chas would make the time to come check out the Buster Keaton program of STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. and COPS, and of course, THE 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T. And with everything going on with packing up to relocate, Chas and Heather still were in attendance at both BRAZIL and the Manhattan Short Film Festival on consecutive nights last week. It was this kind of devotion to cinema and appreciation of what Enzian does that will be missed.
The best of luck to you guys. Don’t forget to drop us a postcard every now and then. Remember–you’re welcome back anytime, especially during the Festival.