Loads of talent join multicultural film team

An impressive lineup has joined the Gullah Gone filmmaking team, bringing formidable expertise to the project as we work to complete production. Byron Hurt is executive producer. The award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and anti-sexist activist will serve a mentoring role and consult every aspect of the one-hour documentary as it completes production. Hurt is an Emmy-nominated TV show hostContinue reading “Loads of talent join multicultural film team”

Summer student volunteers advance production

By Kate Chatman Team Gullah is expanding significantly this summer with our largest group of students in history. Ten students from diverse backgrounds get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water and Culture of the Sea Islands. Some students are volunteering to enhance their interest in media careers, whileContinue reading “Summer student volunteers advance production”

Gullah Project goes to Charleston

We are proud to announce our film has been accepted to the 9th annual Charleston International Film Festival. The Gullah Project will screen Saturday, November 5th in the 2 PM block of short films at Charleston Music Hall.  The entire film festival takes place November 2 – 6 in downtown Charleston. It’s an honor to be invited to suchContinue reading “Gullah Project goes to Charleston”

Profiles of the Gullah: Brandon and Jordan Johnson

Profiles of the Gullah: Brandon and Jordan Johnson from Denise McGill on Vimeo. Siblings Brandon, left, and Jordan Johnson have lived on St. Helena Island their whole lives. Each year they work to raise collards, sweet potatoes and sugar cane with their grandfather, Ben Johnson Jr. Then the whole family helps to sell the produce at Heritage Days Celebration in November, and they allContinue reading “Profiles of the Gullah: Brandon and Jordan Johnson”

SCETV program explains connection between Gullah and African coastlines

I’m expanding my knowledge base by finding films and books about Gullah culture that I’ve previously missed. I’ll share some of them as I make my way through. Many thanks to Amy Shumaker @shu2833, executive producer at #SCETV, for providing links to some of these hard-to-find programs! Recently I saw Family Across the Sea, a 57-minute documentaryContinue reading “SCETV program explains connection between Gullah and African coastlines”

Film festival screenings bring awareness to Gullah/Geechee culture

Our team created a seven-minute overview of The Gullah Project to mark our progress. We entered the overview into film festivals as a short documentary. We are excited to report that out of nine entries, The Gullah Project overview was accepted into five festivals. It screened in five cities this spring. The screenings have raised awareness about GullahContinue reading “Film festival screenings bring awareness to Gullah/Geechee culture”

An exclusive look at the Heritage Day Festivities 2014

Last week The Gullah Project team traveled to St. Helena Island to attend the 32nd Annual Heritage Days Celebration. From covering the Road of Remembrance play directed by Sara’ Reynolds Green, to climbing trees with a GoPro camera to photograph Ben Johnson’s produce booth, the team had an outrageously good time. Take a moment to visit this exclusive behind theContinue reading “An exclusive look at the Heritage Day Festivities 2014”

St. Helena Island is a magical place on the South Carolina coastline. African Americans have farmed and fished here for centuries: first as plantation slaves, then as freedmen owning small subsistence operations.  It’s now one of the last farming communities on the East Coast that hasn’t been swallowed up by development.  This week catch up with theContinue reading

Ben C. Johnson Jr.

“It wasn’t a sport, it wasn’t a game, it was for food and I didn’t realize how good it was until I left.” – Ben C. Johnson Jr. This week on The Gullah Project, Mr. Johnson shares with the team his love for crabbing on St. Helena Island.  Watch this interview at https://thegullahproject.wordpress.com/photo-gallery/ben-c-johnson-jr/ or by clicking on the photographContinue reading “Ben C. Johnson Jr.”

Lowcountry Cookin’ at Gullah Grub

“The thing about this Gullah style cooking is when you get a chance, you got to be able to use all your senses.” Says Bill Green the owner of The Gullah Grub a restaurant located on St. Helena Island that specializes in authentic LoCountry cooking. To learn more about the The Gullah Grub Restaurant andContinue reading “Lowcountry Cookin’ at Gullah Grub”