The Island Sun reports that the final touches are being put on a documentary about conservation legend J.N. “Ding” Darling.
After extensive travel and research over the several years, conducting interviews and scouring through archived treasures and special collections, Marvo Entertainment Group LLC is preparing to release a 60-minute documentary – entitled “America’s Darling” – this fall, just in time for the “Ding” Darling Days celebration at the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.
Pulitzer-Prize winning American cartoonist Ding Darling conceived the idea for the Federal Duck Stamp program and drew the first stamp design. He was also appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as head of the U.S. Biological Survey, the forerunner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. And he was a founding member — and the first president — of the National Wildlife Federation.
During the production of the film, Koltinsky and some of his team members have travelled across the country – from Florida to West Virginia to Washington, DC to Iowa – gathering valuable biographical information and poring through documents, cartoons and other archived Darling relics.
“We have discovered so many treasures, it is difficult to say which are most interesting,” explained Koltinsky. “In addition to finding never-before-seen film footage of Darling, we have discovered a number of original sketches and even some travel sketchbooks. These items put a new light on Darling’s development as an artist, and we are developing an exhibit based on these artifacts to accompany the film.”
The upcoming release of the film will be good timing — 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Darling. Visit the Marvo Entertainment Group website to see a video about the film and to learn more about the project.