"The past is never dead. It's not even past." --William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun
Cosmos Mariner Productions' Founder and President Michael Jordan has created numerous films about the history of Savannah, GA and the surrounding region. You may watch preview of the films below.
True Tales of Pirates
From Savannah, to Charleston, to St. Augustine, the coast of the southeastern U.S. is full of pirate lore and legends. This half-hour film visits pirate historic sites in all three cities, as well as the wreckage of Blackbeard's flagship, the "Queen Anne's Revenge," off the North Carolina coast.
Savannah Square by Square
Since 1733, the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia has attracted millions of visitors from around the world. In this hour-long film, you'll enjoy the most complete video tour ever offered of this picturesque, one-of-a-kind city. You'll see all the major sites in Savannah and the surrounding area--churches, museums, mansions, and more--and get a feel for the grid of green, moss-draped squares that give Savannah its distinctive look and feel.
Charleston, South Carolina:
A Video Tour
Lighthouses of the Southeast
Towering over busy harbors as well as out-of-the way islands, America's historic lighthouses have come to symbolize everything that is good and noble about our culture: altruism, help, and guidance for those in need. In "Lighthouses of the Southeast," film maker Michael Jordan visits more than a dozen lighthouses in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, revealing the fascinating features, captivating stories, and interesting people associated with each one.
Savannah's Historic Homes
Romantic, elegant, decadent, stunning... the historic homes that line the moss-draped squares of Savannah's historic district are the jewels in the city's crown. From the stately craftsmanship of the Isaiah Davenport House to the extravagant exuberance of the Owens-Thomas mansion, each offers new and exciting discoveries. This 50-minute video goes behind the scenes inside sixteen of Savannah's wonderful historic houses.
Savannah's Historic Graveyards
From the unique, aboveground, brick tombs of Colonial Park Cemetery to the stunning statuary and enchanting Spanish Moss of Bonaventure and Laurel Grove, Savannah is home to burial grounds that many people consider the most beautiful and enchanting cemeteries in the world. This 45-minute film explores all of Savannah's historic graveyards, revealing the rich stories, fascinating people, and one-of-a-kind history associated with each.
Savannah in the Civil War
From Secession to Sherman's "March to the Sea," Savannah, GA was the setting for countless scenes in our nation's bloodiest conflict. The stories involve new types of warships, battles on land and sea, black Savannahians fighting for their freedom, Union prisoners attempting to escape, and white Southerners mourning the loss of six Sunday school classmates in the first battle of the war. In this 90-minute film, numerous historic sites, countless rare images, and dozens of historians and actors help bring the war to life--from the home front to the front lines. This film was honored with two prestigious bronze Telly Awards in 2014.
Ships for Victory
During World War II, workers at brand new shipyards that sprang up overnight in Savannah and Brunswick, GA were able to produce 88 "Liberty Ship" freighters, making a vital contribution to the Allied effort to defeat the Axis powers. This documentary, which has aired on GA Public Broadcasting, features interviews with shipyard works and Liberty Ship crew members, as well as rare footage and photos of the yards in action.
A Tale of Two Georgias
At first glance, it might not seem that a sunken Civil War ironclad and a modern nuclear-powered submarine would have much in common--but it turns out the CSS Georgia and USS Georgia have much more in common than their names. In this thought-provoking film, filmmaker Michael Jordan exlores the startling similarities between these two vessels, their crews, and the people who made them possible.
Atoms for Peace: the Nuclear Ship Savannah
In the 1960s, the N.S. (Nuclear Ship) Savannah, a nuclear-powered combination merchant and passenger vessel, visited more than forty ports around the world and hosted a million visitors aboard ship. This half-hour documentary skillfully waves rare color motion-picture film of the Savannah during its heyday with modern video of the ship today and interviews with those who sailed aboard her.
Jane Yarn: Marsh Lady of the Georgia Coast
Environmental hero Jane Yarn proved just how much difference one person can make. Over decades of dedicated work, this one-woman powerhouse managed to save thousands of acres of threatened woodlands and played a role in the creation of several National Marine Sanctuaries. Yarn's reach even extended to the White House, where she served as a top environmental adviser to President Jimmy Carter. This half-hour film, featured on public television, tells the story of this fascinating and fierce lady.