About Carolina Stories
Carolina Stories weekly series highlights the rich cultural and historical landscape that is South Carolina. The films in the series cover a wide range of topics, from the triumphs of wheelchair tennis players to the legendary escapades of a former Confederate soldier to one community's fight to preserve its way of life. From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the stories are as geographically diverse as their subject matter.
However, all of these films share two common bonds: They all take place in South Carolina and they are all produced by ETV's production teams.
"We wanted to create a series that would showcase our incredibly talented staff of producers, and still be able to provide programs that reveal the unique stories that our state has to offer," said Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan, president of ETV. "So we asked each producer to bring their own ideas to the table."
Although the first meetings for Carolina Stories were held back in 2004, some of the programs have been in the works for much longer. The first film in the series, entitled Jolly, has been a tale that producer Sanford Adams has wanted to tell for over 10 years. The documentary looks at Anderson County native Manse Jolly, a Confederate soldier suspected of being a serial killer and targeting up to 100 post-Civil War Union Soldiers as his victims.
For Saving Sandy Island, producer Betsy Newman worked for over a year to gain access to the island and document both sides of this very complicated issue.
Still others cross the sands of time, documenting and exploring other unique aspects of life in South Carolina, including a look at the rise and fall of the once mighty railroad industry (Steel Roads and Iron Men); and the ongoing pursuit of the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of the Palmetto State's growing Hispanic population (Nuestro Futuro).
"We are very excited to present the films in this new series to our viewers and we hope they enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed creating them," said Bresnahan. "These stories come from all over the state and it's amazing to think about how different they all are, but they are all Carolina stories."
For more information about Carolina Stories, contact:
Amy Shumaker, Executive Producer
Voice: (803) 737-3433
Fax: (803) 737-2374
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