Lithium Springs Library Journal Review
Editor’s Pick for April 24, 2007
Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH — Library Journal, 4/24/2007
color. 78 min. Carter Lord, Ocean Entertainment, 4407 Oakglen Rd., Lakeland, FL 33813; 800-852-0662; www.lithiumsprings.com. 2006 release. DVD $19.95 + $2 s/h. Environment
This quirky, offbeat independent film provides some interesting insights into the value of our natural environment. Retiree Evinrude Jones (played by director Lord) discovers a map (in a library book, naturally) to Ponce de Leon’s long-lost Fountain of Youth and its treasure. Jones quickly sees that he alone recognizes the exact location of the loot and sets out with his dog, Fred, to find it. Along the way, Jones encounters the crystal-clear springs and streams, woodlands, and fields of central Florida; old friends; a potential romantic interest; wood and water spirits; bikers; and unscrupulous developers. This extremely clever allegory presents the choices one must make between the intrinsic natural beauty of the springs and underwater caves and the traditional lifestyles supported by the surrounding lands and the prosperity rooted in the destruction of the environment, i.e., development. This is a beautifully filmed, whimsically funny family movie that contains a “treasure” for every viewer. It will resonate for those faced with one’s environmental heritage vs. jobs, money, business, and parking lots. Very highly recommended.