Larry Elliston

Larry Elliston

Weaving together moving pictures, words and sound, Larry Elliston is a masterful storyteller. During a long and rewarding career in film and television, Mr. Elliston has focused his artistry and insight on a broad range of subject matter. Currently, the Tampa-born filmmaker is documenting the final launch of Atlantis STS-135, ending NASA’s space shuttle program. The cinematic project will introduce Atlantis to millions of visitors annually once the orbiter is placed on permanent exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in 2013.

In recent years, the veteran writer-producer-director has explored the social and cultural challenges of the 21st century, including rail and transportation alternatives. As an independent producer, Mr. Elliston focused on long and short from documentaries. The 2010 documentary, St. Petersburg, New Place in the Sun took a compelling look at the rebirth of an iconic Florida city reinvigorated by the arts and new urbanism.

In 2008, Larry Elliston was awarded an Emmy® for his PBS documentary The Florida Dream. Narrated by Ed Asner, the one-hour documentary traced the transformation of an exotic, sparsely populated peninsula into America’s fourth-largest state.

Regarded as an example of “filmmaking at its best,” The Florida Dream connects how migration, immigration, civil rights, tourism, retirement, technology and politics changed the face of Florida over the last half of the 20th Century. 

The Emmy-nominated The Life and Times of John and Mable Ringling crafted the touching and uniquely American rags-to-riches story of the iconic circus king and his wife. Since 2006, the half-hour docu-drama, narrated by Hal Holbrook, has been screened daily in the historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

Other complex projects have been completed for the Disney Company, Nature Conservancy and the Media General Broadcast Group.

For 15 years as an acclaimed broadcast journalist at WTVT (CBS) in Tampa, Mr. Elliston’s timeless and poetic television vignettes captured the spirit of a peninsula some call paradise. In search of natural beauty, wildlife, history, culture, artists, craftsmen, and offbeat characters, the Emmy-winning Larry Elliston’s Assignment Florida series roamed the state from Key West to Pensacola.

After leaving WTVT, Larry Elliston journeyed beyond Florida for a look at the world. An incredible decade later, the globetrotting Floridian had produced, directed or written more than 200 half-hour episodes of the nationally syndicated television series Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures for Spectrum Productions in Tampa, Florida.

Living the adventure of a lifetime, Elliston led multiple camera crews across 25 countries and all seven continents. In his travels, the native Floridian was surrounded by lions, charged by elephants and bargained with Zulu Chiefs. He crossed paths with Prince William and Prince Harry at midnight on the Kalahari and profiled Australia’s famed “Crocodile Hunter” in Queensland. 

In recognition of his professional achievements, Larry Elliston has been honored with a host of awards and accolades. His work can be found in the Museum of Radio and Television in New York City to private homes and classrooms around the world.