The Gullah Project has been selected to screen at the 17th Annual Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival April 19-24, 2016 in Muskogee, OK.
To find a complete list of screenings for this documentary film please visit the Screenings section of our webpage.
The Gullah Project has been officially selected for two prestigious film festivals.
Cape Fear Independent Film Festival will be held in Wilmington, N.C., a destination located in the Gullah/Geechee Corridor, March 10th – 12th 2016.
Festival dates for the 6th Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival are April 6th – 10th, 2016 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
We look forward to attending both festivals and seeing the official 2016 selections.
On Tuesday, January 26th Director Denise McGill presented an update and discussed the process of making The Gullah Project at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Research Roundtable Series.
In attendance were fifty students and faculty members, all who have been following the progress of this documentary film. Also in attendance were two of The Gullah Project’s production assistances Ali O’Hara and Michael Tolbert. Both of which commented on their involvement with the film. O’Hara discussed the process of selecting the appropriate music that would resonate with Gullah/Geechee culture. Tolbert discussed obtaining a Magellan Grant, which allowed him to travel to the island to film as well as his involvement with building the multimedia site for the film.
McGill has been working on this documentary film since 2013 and has been employing students in order to give them real world and on location experience outside of the classroom.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Research Roundtable Series presents
“The Gullah Project: Behind the Scenes and on Location” by Associate Professor Denise McGill
Date: Tues, Jan. 26
Time: 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Location: SJMC 318
McGill will screen the current draft of her documentary film The Gullah Project. She will discuss the process and contribution of students along the way. This project was awarded a 2014 Creative and Performing Arts grant from the Provost’s Office.
Refreshments will be provided. We hope you can join us.
Tomorrow starts the the Penn Center 33rd Annual Heritage Days Celebration held on St. Helena Island, SC. Authentic Gullah music, food, and customs await families and friends who return to the island to celebrate their Gullah/Geechee culture.
This year Saundra “Renee” Smith is Heritage Days Artist of the Year. She will be honored at a reception tomorrow with music by Mahoganee. On Friday the public is invited to the discussion Researching Gullah/Geechee Roots: A Genealogy Symposium with the keynote address by Michael W. Twitty.
Other festivities back this year are the Road to Remembrance play directed by Sara’ Reynolds Green, Friday Night Fish Fry, Oyster Roast & Crab Crack, Juke Joint Jam, and last but not least the Heritage Day Parade, which will close off Highway 21 from 8 am – 10:30 am on Saturday, November 14th.
If you’re in the area or have been interested in checking this event out we here at The Gullah Project highly recommend it.
To see complete program, guest speakers, and scheduling please click here.
The rain and floods that began on October 1 continue to have a devastating impact on South Carolina’s famers and landowners. Much of the water has receded, but it will take time to clean up the damage.
On October 28, U.S. Department of Agriculture listed 29 counties in South Carolina, as well as parts of Georgia and North Carolina, as natural disaster areas. Farm operators in those counties may be eligible for USDA’s low interest emergency loans or other programs. Farmers have until June 2016 to apply for assistance for their losses.
Nine of the effected counties are in the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor: Beaufort, Berkley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Williamsburg.
For more information, see http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=edn&newstype=ednewsrel&type=detail&item=ed_20151028_rel_0176.html
South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers estimates crop losses in the state at $300 million. Heavy losses are in peanuts and cotton because these crops were just beginning harvest in October. Thousands of acres were under water for a time.
Other resources include the Flood Mitigation Program of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
Caught in action The Gullah Project team made sure to stop by the Johnsons’ booth at the Heritage Days Festival.
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 the scenes gallery from the Heritage Day Festivities by clicking on the photograph above.
Frank Major Sr., a commercial crab fisherman, checks his traps for blue crab and stone crab.
Photos © 2011 Denise McGill
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 the residents of St. Helena Island by way of photographs and video interviews by clicking on the photograph above.
“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 http://thegullahproject.org/photo-gallery/ben-c-johnson-jr/ or by clicking on the photograph above.
“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 and to see an exclusive interview with Bill Green click on the photograph above.