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Coffee & Conversation: Tearing Down the Tent

  • October 5, 2019
  • Admission: Free
  • Venue: Cinematique Theater
  • Location: Cinematique Theater
  • Address: 242 South Beach Street Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Phone: (386) 252-3118

Learn all about this historical enterprise, through an exclusive conversation with the filmmaker, followed by a free screening of the documentary.

Join Cinematique for Coffee & Conversation to meet Michael Knox, local reporter and third-generation member of the Cole Bros. Circus [1884-2016], who shared his insider perspective about life under the big top in a 2009 documentary. Retired former President & CEO of Cole Bros. Circus, John Pugh, will also be on hand to share remarks and answer questions.

Knox’s “Tearing down the Tent” documentary grants viewers a backstage pass to one of the largest traveling tent circuses in the world, the Cole Bros. Circus, based in DeLand, Florida. The film presents the circus through the eyes of Jamie Reel as he visits the circus for the first time with director, Michael Knox, who grew up traveling with the circus. During the filming, Knox reflects on his days with the Cole Bros. Circus, as Reel gets to experience circus life firsthand.

Through Reel’s adventures we see a behind the scenes look at the circus life, with Reel standing in the Moto-Globe of Death with a motorcycle racing around his head, working as a clown, riding an elephant and working with the camels. Through this journey we try to explore the real story behind one of America’s most beloved past times.

Coffee & Conversation: Tearing Down the Tent