The memory of Tom Parker and the move of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be the focus of the next installment of “Thursdays at the Theatre.”

The memory of Tom Parker and the move of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be the focus of the next installment of “Thursdays at the Theatre.”

While previous events, sponsored by the Port Theatre Art and Culture Center, have focused around music, the next edition, coming 6 p.m. ET March 16, will feature a screening of “Dooder and the Lighthouse.”

The event is free and is jointly sponsored by the Gulf County Tourist Development Council as part of its Winter Fun program for snowbirds.

The documentary chronicles the move of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in July 2014 while examining the history of the lighthouse and community through the eyes and memories of Tom “Dooder” Parker.

Parker passed away late last year at the age of 89. The film has had only one screening in Gulf County.

As the tagline for “Dooder and the Lighthouse” details, “When hurricanes threaten the existence of a historic lighthouse, the residents of a small Florida town must band together to save it. A nuanced portrait of different people with different agendas, wishes and dreams.”

The lighthouse was moved in 2014 after the U.S. Air Force declared the land it sat on surplus due to erosion.

The city and county bid for the lighthouse with the city, behind a presentation by the St. Joseph Historical Society, awarded the lighthouse by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Parker, his life and memories, provided an anchor for the film, which was created, directed and filmed by Lisa (Curry) Long, a Port St. Joe native, and her husband Clayton Long.

The film was funded through a $200,000 grant from fine monies in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

The film shares the story of the move of the lighthouse, two keepers’ quarters and oil house, a 900-foot long convoy, from Cape San Blas to Port St. Joe’s George Core Park along with other stories about the community and its growth.

All of it is weaved into a look at the changing face of Northwest Florida and a message about the importance of preserving not only structures, but the stories of the area, according to a release about the film.

The film is an award-winner, winning a Grand Jury Selection at the 2016 Gasparilla International Film Festival.

The documentary was also an official selection in the category of USA Documentary at the 2016 Big River Film Festival and an official selection to the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the 2016 Palm Beach International Film Festival and the 2017 St. Augustine Film Festival.

In addition to a screening of the film, there will also be DVDs of the documentary available for purchase during the “Thursdays at the Theatre” event.

For more information contact Adrianne Woodward at the TDC, 229-7800, or Natalie Shoaf, with the PTACC, at 227-4355.