Adventures in History

Director : J. Brian King

Adventures in History poster Australian Film Festival OZIFF

Overview & Credits


The documentary short film "Adventures in History" examines the importance of uncovering historical knowledge and the remarkable journey of one man. Jerry Wilkinson, a historian interviewed shortly before his 93rd birthday, recounts how he stumbled upon the Florida Keys and embarked on a mission to preserve its rich heritage from being lost to time. Together with his wife Mary Lou, they scoured the state for years in search of elusive documents and clues. Not content with just researching, he shared his findings through numerous presentations, historical reenactments, books, articles, films, and online platforms, becoming a local legend. The film features insights from colleagues working in Florida Keys museums and archives, offering a glimpse into the life of a uniquely inquisitive and charismatic explorer.

Director Biography

J. Brian King is the director of Adventures in History. He also directed the documentary Scornavacca (2014), on the life and work of Miami artist Tony Scornavacca. After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Photographic Illustration, Brian moved to New York City and assisted Arnold Newman photographer to learn more about environmental portraiture. He later returned to Miami, Florida and opened up Sun King Studio in the heart of the advertising district on Coral Way. For over four decades he has been delivering award winning photographic excellence to the advertising community. His travels worldwide have taken him on location for clients as far away as Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, Egypt, the Caribbean and South Africa. To this day, Brian’s passion remains to be photography along with 4K video and Final Cut post production editing.


Laura Albritton - Writer / Producer

Key Cast

Jerry Wilkinson
Mary Lou Wilkinson