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South Carolina Arts Commission films

Identifier: COD0000026-ACC 2010-0003

The SCAC film collection consists of films and videos collected by The Media Arts Center, which promoted visual literacy and supported media artists and media arts across a ten-state southeastern region. In doing so it amassed a stylistically diverse collection of films and videos characterized by the independent nature of the works. Included are well-known classics; locally produced independent films; and quirky, experimental short-subjects.

The majority of the works are independent films made between 1970 and 2005. They include gems by South Carolina artists such as Charleston Home Movie by Deanna Morse, Maybe Next Week Sometime by David Boatwright, Hallelujah Film by Mark Henrikson, Alabama Departure by Peter Bundy and Bryan Elsom, People Who Take Up Serpents by Gretchen Robinson, and It's Grits by Stan Woodward.

The collection comprises a variety of formats, including 370 16mm, 35mm, and Super 8mm films, as well as nearly 700 VHS, 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch, Beta, and Betacam SP videotapes. In addition, there are 12 boxes of administrative records, promotional materials, educational support materials, and records relating to the Media Arts Center activities, film festivals, and associated press clippings.


  • 1973-2009



This collection has been processed. Portions of this collection may be viewed online. The remainder may be accessed upon request.

For more information or a complete inventory of this collection, contact curator Lydia Pappas at

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149,400 feet of film

674 tapes

12 boxes

66 Linear Feet

Organizational History

The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is a self-governed state agency created by the South Carolina state legislature in 1967. Its mission, “to create a thriving arts environment to benefit all South Carolinians,” has been supported through programs designed to “broaden, deepen and diversify public participation in the arts.” The SCAC’s programs have concentrated on three primary areas: Artist Development, Arts Education, and Community Arts Development.

The SCAC Media Arts Center began in 1973 and continued until 2009. Under the directorship of Susan Leonard, in 1981 the SCAC Media Arts Center began to intensify its collecting of films and videos. This collection functioned as a circulating film program designed to support media education for elementary school students across South Carolina. The Media Arts Center was partially supported through grants from The MacArthur Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts. The SCAC created several circulating film programs such as New Films for the New South and Persistence of Vision as well as the long running and successful At the Movies with Bad Dog. From 1981 to 2009, At the Movies with Bad Dog educated and entertained over 9,000 students.

Physical Location

Moving Image Research Collections. 707 Catawba St. Columbia, SC 29208.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the South Carolina Arts Commission in 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository

707 Catawba Street
Columbia SC 29208

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