Dolphin Tale Sweeps Awards Ceremony!

By Krista Rosado, from ClearwaterPatch.

“Dolphin Tale swept 16 categories at the Crystal Reel awards on Saturday held in Orlando’s Florida Hotel Nov. 9 and 10. 

The Crystal Reel Awards are held annually to honor and highlight outstanding achievements in motion picture, television, audio recording and digital media productions created in Florida over the past year. The Official Judges of the CRA are Emmy, Grammy, and/or Oscar recipients from across the country with no affiliation to the host organization, Florida Motion Picture and Television Association (FMPTA).

Highlighting the success of the Florida Tax Credit Program and the productions it has brought to Florida were nominees in two key categories:  For Best TV Series, nominees “Burn Notice” and “The Glades” were represented. For Best Feature, the nominees were Dolphin Tale and Renee. 

Dolphin Tale was represented on the Red Carpet by cast members Harry Connick, Jr., Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Austin Highsmith. Additionally, Dolphin Tale producers Broderick Johnson and Richard Ingber of Alcon Entertainment and co-producer David Yates of Clearwater Marine Aquarium walked the red carpet. 

Dolphin Tale walked away the big winner of the evening, winning in the following categories:

  • Best Feature: Robert Engelman, Steven Wegner, David Yates, Yolanda Cochran, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Richard Ingber
  • Best Adolescent Actor, Feature Film: Nathan Gamble
  • Best Adolescent Actress, Feature Film: Cozi Zuehlsdorff
  • Best Supporting Actress, Feature Film: Austin Highsmith
  • Best Actor, Feature Film: Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Best Editing: Harvey Rosenstock
  • Best Art Direction/Set Design, Feature Film: Michael Corenblith
  • Best Special Effects (Mechanical): Howard Berger
  • Best Make-Up, Feature Film: Erin Brasfield-Koplow
  • Best Hair: Jane Hassinger
  • Best Costumes: Hope Hanafin
  • Best Original Soundtrack: Mark Isham
  • Best Original Score: Mark Isham
  • Best Script (Produced), Feature Film: Karen Janszen & Noam Dromi
  • Best Director, Feature Film: Charles Martin Smith
  • Best Trailer: Robert Engelman, Steven Wegner, David Yates, Yolanda Cochran, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson”

Read Article from the ClearwaterPatch.

By: Adrian Rogers - The Spokesman-Review

“Isabelle James saw “Dolphin Tale” the day the movie came out, which happened to be her eighth birthday and the day she got another new leg.

A year later, she tried a prototype of the dolphin’s tail over her left leg – amputated above the knee – as her own prosthetic was off in the lab last week at the Hanger Clinic downtown, getting its extension resistance loosened up.

Joking with its creator, Isabelle called herself a “one-leg mermaid” and admired the material he used to create the prosthetic tail for the dolphin whose story inspired the movie – it looked soft, but it was hard, but it also was bendable.

The chance to see the first-ever prosthetic tail for a dolphin and meet Kevin Carroll, a prosthetist played by Morgan Freeman in the movie, merited a day off school, said Isabelle’s mother, Kim James.

“He’s kind of like a rock star,” James said.

Carroll was in town to meet with pediatric amputees and their families, checking their artificial limbs and sharing his knowledge about new prosthetic options, whether they’re feet that walk better or knees that bend better. Carroll is a vice president at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, which operates hundreds of clinics in the U.S.”

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Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure Labor Day Party!

  • Win an Original Painting made by Winter OR an Authentic Dolphin Tale movie poster!
  • Free Food Court Specials all weekend long!
  • Get blown away in our Hurricane Experience while you’re here!
  • Finally, take the Free Boat Ride to Winter’s Home at Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

Fun for the whole Family! Enjoy two facilities for one price while supporting our Rescue, Rehab & Release mission!

Evie, thank you so much for this beautiful drawing! You did such a wonderful job!