Press Release

“A Chef’s Life” Host Vivian Howard Wins James Beard Award

By G. Rawls

Vivian Howard, host of "A Chef's Life"

SCETV’s Vivian Howard of “A Chef’s Life” has won Outstanding Personality/Host in the 2016 James Beard Foundation awards.  The TV series follows Howard as she searches for Southern family recipes and heirloom foods to use in new ways for the two restaurants she runs with husband Ben in Kinston, N.C.   Directed by Cynthia Hill, the Peabody and Emmy-winning program is presented nationally by SCETV and is in production for its fourth season on PBS. 

ETV Announces South Carolina Teacher as a Member of the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program

By G. Rawls

Carla Jefferson

South Carolina ETV announced Carla Jefferson from Darlington County School District as one of this year’s PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. The program, which is in its fourth year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms. Jefferson is one of 52 Lead Digital Innovators in the U.S. and its territories.

National Create Cooking Challenge Selects Local Winner

By G. Rawls

ETV’s Create viewer, Julie Booher of Mt. Pleasant.

Columbia – American Public Television (APT), the original home to television’s culinary experts, and sponsor of  the Create Cooking Challenge, announced today that two new “stars” have joined its ranks.  Selected from hundreds of entries by judges who are some of public television’s best known chefs, Jaime Isobe of Brooklyn, NY, is the Grand Prize Winner, receiving $1,000 to finance the completion of a 10-episode web series for CreateTV.com.  Second Prize Winner, Erin French of Freedom, Maine, was awarded $250 to fund a 3-part web series for Create’s website.  The contest f

The Mayor: Age of Riley

By G. Rawls

Mayor Riley in an early Spoleto film.

The Mayor: Age of Riley, directed by Barbara Tranter and produced by Jennet Robinson Alterman, follows the career of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley’s remarkable four decade tenure.  The film, four years in the making, features interviews with Mayor Riley and those who found favor (and disfavor) with his vision for the city.  It premieres Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV with re-broadcasts Sunday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. 

Georgia O’Keeffe: A Woman on Paper

By G. Rawls

American artist Georgia O’Keeffe

American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) has been called the “Mother of American Modernism,” well-known for her flowing, colorful works of flowers and plants as well as Southwestern landscapes. In November 2014, her painting Jimson Weed, White Flower No. 1 was auctioned for $44.4 million dollars, making it the highest-selling work of art by a female artist.  Her journey turns out have distinctly South Carolina roots, explored in CAROLINA STORIES: Georgia O'Keeffe, A Woman on Paper, airing Thursday March 3 at 8:00 p.m. on ETV.

SC Grandmother Fights HIV/AIDS in PBS Film

By G. Rawls

Wilhemina Dixon, worries about her granddaughter Dayshal, born HIV positive

Meet Wilhemina Dixon from Williston, South Carolina, a one-woman army fighting for her family’s survival, in a new film from Independent LensWilhemina’s War shows the devastating toll of the scourge of HIV/AIDS, one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south. Shot over the course of five years, the film bears witness to the resilience and determination of the human spirit in the face of tremendous adversity.

Bending Sticks

By G. Rawls

Artist Patrick Dougherty's Rock Hill, SC installation.

The film Bending Sticks celebrates the twenty-five year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his collaborators during a year of stick work in the Carolinas and reveals Dougherty’s process, personal story and inspirations.  The film airs Thursday, February 25 at 9:00 p.m. on South Carolina ETV.

Can’t Stop the Water

By G. Rawls

A homeowner stands in water surrounding her home.

Behind Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, there is a much larger, more devastating problem: the loss of thousands of miles of marshlands protecting the Gulf Coast. Southeast Louisiana is the fastest disappearing landmass on earth. As its fertile lands are destroyed, America is losing one of its most extraordinary regions.  Can’t Stop the Water airs Thursday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 p.m. on South Carolina ETV.

Film Reveals the Controversial Life and Work of SC Author

By G. Rawls

Julia Peterkin

The controversial life of South Carolina author Julia Peterkin, the white wife of a plantation owner who won a 1929 Pulitzer Prize for her book, Scarlet Sister Mary, is the subject of the one-hour documentary, “The World of Julia Peterkin: Cheating the Stillness,” which airs Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m. on South Carolina ETV.

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