Cumberland Island - The Shrinking Sanctuary

 

To many, Cumberland Island is a paradise. An escape from the noise and bustle of modern life and a chance to see the earth as it was meant to be seen...wild. One of our last wild islands along the Atlantic coast, Cumberland is under the threat of development of 1,000 acres that some say would destroy the rich beauty and serenity of this southern gem. In Cumberland Island - The Shrinking Sanctuary, viewers hear what is at stake and what needs to happen in order to preserve one of our last wild escapes. 

WHEN DUTY CALLS:
The Life and Legacy of Don Holleder 

 

This 55 minute film tells the story of Don Holleder, a West Point football player whom his coach, the legendary Red Blaik, described as the most priceless  leader he had ever known. Holleder also served in Vietnam and died in an attempt to rescue his fellow soldiers.  

At What Cost?
Pipelines, Pollution and Eminent Domain in the Rural South

 

“At What Cost?” is a documentary film which delves into the petroleum pipeline industry and the price landowners of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and the environment have to pay for the proposed Kinder Morgan Palmetto Pipeline. After nearly a year of production, covering three states and crossing 5 major watersheds, the 50+minute in-depth film takes a serious look at the cost, from eminent domain to pollution. UPDATE: Thanks to the film and landowners, the Kinder Morgan Palmetto Pipeline has been suspended. 

DOCUMENTARIES

 

Since 2000, I have been in the business of recording history and creating documentaries. These films have ranged from stories about a slave potter named Dave, who wrote poetry on his pots, to a exposé on a pipeline company  which helped to stop it's use of eminent domain in the Southeast. All have been rewarding and all are designed to educate, inform and inspire.

Discovering Dave 
Spirit Captured in Clay

 

In this 40 minute documentary film, the story of Dave, a slave potter is told. What made Dave unique was the fact that he wrote verses and poetry on his pots. He also signed them. In Discovering Dave - Spirit Captured in Clay, his mystery and legacy are examined through informative dialog from scholars, historians and artisans in the pottery field.

Displaced
The Unexpected Fallout from the Cold War

 

​On November 28, 1950, the U.S. Government announced that a nuclear weapons facility known as the Savannah River Plant, would be developed on 300 square miles of land taken from three counties in rural South Carolina. 

The plant would be one of the most ambitous technical feats ever accomplished and was expected to be a deterrent to the growing communist threat abroad.

The farming towns of Ellenton, Dunbarton, Meyers Mill and others lay within the designated site. As construction began, these communities were dismantled. More than 5,000 residents were displaced. 

 

War Stories

Augusta Area Veterans Remember World War II

What began as part of the Veteran's History Project, turned into four years of interviews and a film highlighting local veterans and their World War II experiences. War Stories - Augusta Area Veterans Remember World War II covers all branches of the military and stories that will make you proud to be an American. 

Aiken Remembers

Part of an ongoing series on city history. Aiken Remembers covers the history of Aiken, South Carolina from the early days to the middle of the 20th Century. Through interviews and a large collection of memories the past is brought to life in this hour long history lesson. 

Savannah Remembers

A spectrum of citizens from one of our nation's most historical cities fondly recall the first decades of the 20th Century in this exclusive treasury of scenes, events and, above all, personal memories. The result is a captivating visual and verbal record of daily life in Savannah, Georgia from 1920 through the 1970s. 

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