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Hardnotts Unveils New Documentary Pandemic 2021 “Keeping Up with the Corona in Daytona and Beyond"

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Hardnotts Founder Unveils New Documentary Pandemic 2021 “Keeping Up with the Corona in Daytona and Beyond”

Daytona Beach, FL. December 10, 2021, …” Keeping Up with the Corona in Daytona and Beyond, “a new two-part documentary produced by Owner/Publisher of Deep Focus News Blog LLC, Hardnotts Photography LLC, Founder and Daytona Beach, award-winning photojournalist Duane C. Fernandez, Sr., was recently released to the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Pandemic 2021 “Keeping Up with the Corona in Daytona and Beyond” is his third documentary which addresses the Covid-19 virus, how the pandemic affected the black community, and how that same community united in the face of adversity. “Covid has altered our lives in every aspect, said producer Duane C. Fernandez, Sr. “Things that would have been considered odd three years ago, are the new norm today.”

“The films contain footage of interviews of community leaders and organizations and discusses the many programs conducted including food assistance, money donations, and the emotional support offered by members of the black community as it rallied together to uplift itself during this arduous time,” said Fernandez. The film can be viewed on,

Organizations interviewed for the documentaries include the City of Daytona Beach; Bethune-Cookman University; Gamma Mu Omega Chapter of Daytona Beach; The Rose Marie Bryon Children’s Center; Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi Fraternities; Word and Praise Family Church, Inc.; Central Florida Black Pilots of Daytona Beach; 623 Management Inc.; Volusia County Sheriff’s Department; Volusia County Council; and the Volusia County Health Department.

“So many people, loved ones, colleagues, and friends lost their lives. It was like being in a war zone for over a year,” said, Donna M. Gray-Banks, CEO, Midtown Community Development Corporation and Founder/Director F.R.E.S.H. Book Festivals. “I am proud to say that Duane Fernandez Sr. took the time to let people tell their stories, cry on camera, and rejoice as they were truly grateful that they were still

amongst the living,” said Banks.

Duane C. Fernandez Sr. is an award-winning professional photographer and lead photojournalist. He has covered a wide range of media events, including the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida; Muhammad Ali’s funeral in Louisville, Kentucky; and the Emanuel A.M.E. Church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. Fernandez's background includes the founding of Team Hardnotts University Youth Awareness Program / Teaching Youth to Shoot with Cameras Not Guns. He has received many awards as a photojournalist, including being named one of three finalists in the Florida Press Association for a photo collage published in 2016 titled "Capturing Harmony to Hate,'' which showed visitors to Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston after the shooting and a Ku Klux Klan rally held the same weekend. In November 2019, he received a first-place award from the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for his photograph of an August 2018 rally in Clearwater, Florida featuring civil rights activists demanding justice after the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton. Fernandez is a graduate of Daytona State College and holds degrees in Photographic Studies and Television Production.

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Contact Duane C. Fernandez, Sr.,

Cell Phone 386-589-2038

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