This Belongs to Us

The practice of brewing beer is as old as human civilization. It is a craft that was originally practiced by women in parts of the world we now refer to as Africa and the East, but looking at the modern, craft brewing industry in the United States, you would never know.The epicenter of this industry […]

Borders and Belonging: A portfolio of photographs from the U.S.–Mexico Border Project (2007-2016)

Borders and Belonging: A portfolio of photographs from the U.S.–Mexico border consists of 25 photographs made between 2007-2015 of the border landscape along the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo in the Rio Grande Valley. Since 2007, Susan Harbage Page has made yearly pilgrimages to walk the U.S–Mexico border and photograph the landscape and the objects left behind […]

When Porgy Came Home

Since 1935, the opera Porgy and Bess has received national and worldwide acclaim, yet it did not debut in Charleston, SC – the city of its birth – until 1970 due to racial tension. The amateur production received national attention and was credited for “bringing the races together.” Every cast member went on to do […]

Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water and Culture of the Sea Islands

St. Helena Island is a rare gem 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. In Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water and Culture of the Sea Islands, four landowners on St. Helena struggle to make a living off […]

Cumberland Folklife

The Cumberland Folklife series consists of six episodes, all looking at Appalachian handicraft and musical traditions. The cornerstone episode, soon to be completed, is a feature-length documentary on the legendary Sharp family of Jamestown, Tennessee. The Sharp family has inspired intrigue amongst ethnomusicologists and folklorists for decades. Our documentary features Opal and Evelene, two of […]

Lillian Smith: Breaking the Silence

Not enough people remember Lillian Smith. She was one of the first white southern authors to crusade against the evils of segregation. Her novel “Strange Fruit” (1944) explored an interracial relationship in a small southern town. Her book “Killers of the Dream” (1949) explored the roots of white privilege and later became a handbook for […]