Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017

By : Watermark Staff
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In a year filled with many setbacks and obstacles, the LGBTQ communities in Central Florida and Tampa Bay have met those challenges with amazing resilience and resisted all forms of discrimination.

The individuals selected as Watermark’s Most Remarkable People of 2017 come from many walks of life but all share one thing in common, they all were truly exceptional this year.

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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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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.

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From Sarasota to Pulse, Tampa Bay filmmaker Sandi Hulon looks at the life of Eddie Sotomayor in ‘One of 49: A Legacy of Love’

By : Jeremy Williams
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In the middle of the night on June 12, 2016, documentarian and filmmaker Sandi Hulon was doing the same thing as many of us throughout Orlando, Tampa Bay and across the world: sitting with eyes glued to the TV in horror as we watched the outside of Pulse nightclub covered in blinking blue and red lights from emergency vehicles on the national news.

There was a shooting. By the morning we would know that 49 were killed and 53 injured in the nation’s worst mass shooting in modern times. But in those early hours, waiting to find out what happened, we got the identity of the first confirmed victim. He was a 34-year-old male from Sarasota. His name was Eddie Sotomayor.

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