Watermark’s Most Remarkable People 2017: Sandi Hulon, Tampa Bay documentarian/filmmaker

By : Topher Morrison, Professional speaker and Professor of Practice at The University of Tampa
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Topher Morrison

In my career I get to meet thousands of people each year. But in 2017, there was one person who stood out beyond all the others: Sandi Hulon, the founder of St. Pete Productions. She is an award-winning producer who has Clios, Addys, and even a Silver Lion from the Cannes Film Festival to boast of.

But if you ask Sandi, that’s not what she will say are her greatest accomplishments. For her, she takes greater pride in knowing that she fed a homeless person, or transported a drug addict across the country to be admitted into a drug treatment facility, or helped support the life of a horse at the RVR Horse Rescue.

Sandi is about making a difference, not winning an award. But something tells me that winning this award as a symbol for the differences she has made will be one that she holds very close to her heart.

There is no greater demonstration of Sandi’s commitment to making a difference than with her current project: a documentary chronicling the legacy of Eddie Sotomayor, one of the victims from the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. It tells a side of the story unseen through the mass media. It’s a story of love, a story of transformation. It’s a testimony to the positive things that can be born from tragedy when the heart remains open. And it’s a story that can only be told from someone whose heart is wide open—Sandi Hulon.

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