Darling documentary encore showing
Film producer Samuel Koltinsky of Marvo Entertainment Group spent 10 days this month finishing up filming and interviewing at the Refuge for the forthcoming hour-long documentary America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. “Ding” Darling.
For filming at the Refuge, Sam brought along two national treasures. The first, the great-great grandson of Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling,Christopher Steffen, will be the on-camera host of the documentary. The second, the printing plate of Darling’s farewell cartoon in the Des Moines Register, makes its debut to the public eye in the film, along with other never-before-seen archival materials, Sam said.
As part of its inaugural Refuge Film Series, DDWS, a major sponsor of the documentary, will show the biopic at 3:30 p.m. on March 13, 2013, in the Education Center Auditorium. The Sanctuary Golf Club of Sanibel Island sponsors the series.

“Ding” Darling, who won two Pulitzer Prizes for controversial political cartoons in the early 1900s, visited Sanibel and Captiva islands often in the 1930s and was responsible for the Refuge’s creation. Sam has filmed from Darling’s hometown in Michigan to his Iowa stomping grounds and beyond, making several visits to Sanibel to research and film.
On his latest trip, he interviewed Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland about the Refuge’s educational mission and her recent trip to Russia, making a connection to Darling’s own Russian travels to meet Joseph Stalin in 1931.
“Toni always gives an inspiring interview,” Sam said. “Her excitement captivates.”
On previous visits, the producer has interviewed Darling’s grandson, Kip Koss, and various people involved in the Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp programs. “Ding” himself created the federal program, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for the purchase of wildlife habitat; he also designed the first duck stamp.
“I want to give special thanks to the ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society and the refuge,” said Sam. “They’ve been extremely helpful not only in the vision of this film, but also in allowing us to shoot on property and giving interviews.”