Palm Beach Celebrated its Centennial in Larger Than Life Scale – Featuring a Unique Film Created by an A-Team of L.A. Filmmakers

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Palm Beachers rallied to support their community’s call to action: to unify, protect and serve.

Palm Beach is one of the most unique and remarkable towns in America. It is located on a 16-mile barrier island on the southeast coast of Florida (an area commonly called the “treasure coast”), with a year-round population of fewer than 10,000 permanent residents and some of the nation’s strictest development limitations and preservation laws. However, every season the island swells to three times that size when hundreds of larger-than-life personalities who are known around the world for their philanthropy, elegance, wealth and style return to Palm Beach, their winter paradise.

So, it is no surprise that Palm Beach celebrated its Centennial in larger-than-life terms by bringing in an A-Team from the L.A. film production world to create a unique film which would showcase and capture the true essence of this special community – with the further challenge of a crazy five week deadline to design, produce, edit and deliver this A-list short feature with quality equal to Palm Beach and global standards.

The goal and challenge was met…and then some! A professional and high quality production emerged, much to the delight of the 4,000+ Palm Beach residents (and friends of Palm Beach) watching in awe at the huge LED screens on the grounds of the historic Flagler Museum. Famous personalities appeared to support their community and wish their town a very happy birthday, as each one expressed their sincere reasons for choosing Palm Beach as a very special place to live, work and play, including the qualities of generosity, civility, elegance and community. Cameo appearances were made by well-known Palm Beachers such as author James Patterson, radio personality Rush Limbaugh, actor Burt Reynolds, Donald Trump, singer Vic Damone, designer Arnold Scaasi, together with dozens of local personalities such as Kathleen Ferris, the school crossing guard and Nikerya Payne, the checkout clerk at Publix supermarket.

The Film Production Team was brought in by well-known Palm Beach resident and filmmaker, Bill Metzger. Bill is also Chairman of the Palm Beach Film Institute and serves as a Director of the Palm Beach Centennial event project. This team also included two filmmakers with strong Palm Beach ties, and hence a clear understanding of the task placed before them: home-grown Christian Tureaud who lived in Palm Beach from 1975 to 1985 and attended St. Anne’s and Cardinal Newman schools, as well as David Salzberg who has worked in Palm Beach County on several productions over the years. Christian and David met Bill Metzger while working on special activities in support of the Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2007 and they built a solid relationship, so when Bill asked for help in producing a Hollywood-level movie to capture the 100-year history of Palm Beach, the answer was a resounding…. YES.

To complete the A-List production team for the Palm Beach film, Christian and David engaged their High Road Entertainment company resources to pull major L.A. favors with the same creative and production team from their most recent feature film, “The Perfect Game”, including veteran director William Dear (“Harry and the Hendersons” and “Angels in the Outfield”) and producer Michael Gallant (“The Junction Boys” and “Chasing 3000”), with more than 40 films to their credit; and Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated editor Edgar Burcksen (“Young Indiana Jones” and “Colors Straight Up”). These talented and experienced professionals joined with the Centennial organizers to express on film the essence of the Palm Beach community, engaging town residents and friends on screen to personalize the characteristics of responsibility, generosity, and style.

High Road Entertainment is a full-service Entertainment Company that produces, markets and distributes media in all forms for the global audience. Recent feature film projects include “Running the Sahara” and “For Right Or Wrong.” For further information, contact:

Christian Tureaud and David Salzberg
High Road Entertainment
Universal Studios, CA
818 753 2417

For further information on this film and the Palm Beach Film Institute, contact:
Bill Metzger
561 309 3169

The Palm Beach Centennial weekend included the following event days:

Friday night, the private Mar-a-Lago Club and Mr. Donald Trump hosted the Centennial Opening Night Cocktail party. Mr. Trump held a press conference while the party was in progress to announce it was a record attendance and “…probably the best party we ever had at Mar-a- Lago.” 1,000 guests, including members of the Club, mingled around the pool and in the historic Marjorie Merriweather Post White & Gold Ballroom.

Saturday night, the Breakers Palm Beach hosted the Recognition and Thank You dinner for the Centennial Ambassadors (the Town’s ‘First Families’ and residents with worldwide reputations and local leadership who have connections with Palm Beach for 50+ years) and Major Donors to the Centennial Celebration. The Breakers Palm Beach President, Paul Leone described the event as “…one of the Top 5 exceptional evenings in The Breakers’ history, rivaling the dinner honoring the resort on its receipt of the prestigious Mobile 5 Diamond Award.”

Sunday at the Flagler Museum was the actual Centennial Celebration. The evening began with a parade of more than 1,200 participants promenading from the Palm Beach Day Academy to the Flagler Museum…Yes, there was a parade! Only in a small town like Palm Beach could this happen with Congressman Alan West, Mayor Gail Coniglio and famed fashion designer, Lily Pulitzer near the front and dozens of antique cars representing famous collections in town.

This event day marked the film premiere for the historic High Road Entertainment Film, as well as the never-before-seen, 3-D Architectural Mapping ‘sound and light’ show.

Then, almost exactly 100 years to the minute after Palm Beach was incorporated as a Town, approximately 4,000 Palm Beach Residents and Palm Beach Friends sang in unison:
Happy Birthday, Palm Beach!

For further information on all the Palm Beach Centennial Weekend Events, please contact:
Event Coordinators, Devine Style Inc Tel 561 653 1600
Or visit: http://www.palmbeachcentennial.com

For Palm Beach Centennial Event Quotes, contact Chairman, Bill Bone: (561) 832 9434.

Media contact and event coordinators:
Devine Style Inc.
Olympia Devine 561 420 9143
e. Olympia(at)devinestyle(dot)com

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