David Sanford Adams

Senior Producer and Director
David Sanford Adams

David Sanford Adams is an international documentary filmmaker dedicated to creating meaningful and engaging programming for Public Media audiences.  For the past 25 years, He has worked at South Carolina Educational Television and is currently a Senior Producer Director.  In addition to working on personal projects and freelance productions, he enjoys travelling, camping and attending concerts with his wife and son.

Throughout his career he has immersed himself in every aspect of video production and culminated his experience as a seasoned videographer and digital non-linear editor into writing, producing and directing multiple award-winning national educational programs and series. His accomplishments are a range of projects from historical documentaries, arts magazine shows, kids science, technology and health programming, to multiple promotional campaigns. He also is responsible for packaging series for national broadcast, as well as directing live national newsfeeds for every news network imaginable.  Adams’ work has garnered him Emmy’s, several Telly’s and National Educational Television Association Awards.

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Stories

By David Sanford Adams

June 17, 2019

Charleston
Gullah is the blending of all the cultures that came together during that horrible time in human history called the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The connection between Barbados and South Carolina is still prevalent today, especially in the Lowcountry: everything from the Gullah language, to music,...

By David Sanford Adams

June 14, 2019

The Chattel House
The success of Barbados, Carolina, America, the New World for that matter is coterminous with slavery. The labor, the technology, the ingenuity, and the culture that supported this global economy is attributable to the enslavement of African people. Within this society is also the undeniable...

By David Sanford Adams

June 13, 2019

native americans and colonists
Most of the colonists who settled in Carolina were wealthy English planters, with names such as Middleton, Drayton, Colleton, and Yeamans. The vast wealth accrued in Carolina was due to the success of rice plantations, and from trade between Carolina and Barbados. These wealthy planters controlled...

By David Sanford Adams

June 12, 2019

Ship out at sea
With the success of the sugarcane crop, Barbados quickly became the wealthiest colony in the New World, and the most densely populated place on the planet. Successful colonists lived lavish lifestyles, however, it came at a price: the island experienced total deforestation after twenty five years...

By David Sanford Adams

June 11, 2019

Barbadian guiding a horse pulling a cart
Dutch Sephardic Jewish colonists moved from Brazil to Barbados to escape the religious persecution of the Spanish Inquisition. These Sephardic Jews brought with them the knowledge to produce a highly sought after commodity in Europe: Sugarcane. The production of sugarcane became wildly successful...

By David Sanford Adams

June 10, 2019

Colonization of Barbados
Most people today understand that the Carolinas were colonized by the English who had come to the Charleston area by way of Caribbean trade routes, primarily Barbados. The story of Barbados is as unique as the island itself. Like the United States, Barbados is an amalgam of international cultures...

By David Sanford Adams

January 11, 2016

Francis Marion
A historical visualization of Francis Marion's partisan campaigns during the American Revolution in South Carolina featuring the artwork of Illustrator James H. Palmer, Jr., combined with interviews of historians Walter Edgar, Roy Talbert, Christine Swager, Daniel Littlefield, and Archaeologist...

By David Sanford Adams

January 11, 2016

Jasper Johns
A glimpse into the life of ground-breaking artist Jasper Johns, tracing the origins of his highly stylistic work and the birth of an art movement.