South Carolina ETV to premiere documentary film exploring history of South Carolina National Guard

‘We Have a Story to Tell: 350 Years of the South Carolina National Guard’ premieres May 21 at 7 p.m., re-airs May 24 and 25

South Carolina ETV (SCETV) announced the premiere of “We Have a Story to Tell: 350 Years of the South Carolina National Guard” – a one-hour documentary film exploring the history and impact of the South Carolina National Guard. Debuting this week in conjunction with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the project will air on SCETV Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m. and on SCETV’s South Carolina Channel on Monday, May 25 at 8 p.m.

Part of the network’s “Carolina Stories” documentary series, the film details the guard’s rich history and showcases its current activities in South Carolina and throughout the world. A collaboration between SCETV and the South Carolina Military Department, the film was executive produced by Steve Folks.

“We Have a Story to Tell,” which started filming back in July 2018, features interviews with Major General R. Van McCarty, who currently serves as South Carolina Adjutant General; Major General Robert E. Livingston, Jr., who served as South Carolina Adjutant General from 2010-2019; and Brigadier General Jeff Jones, who currently serves as South Carolina Deputy Adjutant General.

Because this project was completed before COVID-19 arrived in South Carolina, there is no mention of the guard’s ongoing response to the pandemic. However, that topic will be covered on Thursday’s episode of “Palmetto Scene” – SCETV’s weekly magazine series. That episode will air at 8 p.m., immediately following the broadcast of the documentary.

For more information on “Carolina Stories,” click here. For more on SCETV, visit www.scetv.org.

“At SCETV, part of our mission is to tell the stories of the people, places and organizations that make this state so special. No story is more important to tell, especially as we approach this Memorial Day, than that of the South Carolina National Guard.” –SCETV President and CEO Anthony Padgett

“I’m proud to showcase the significant impact and history of the South Carolina National Guard with ‘We Have a Story to Tell.’ I can’t thank the guard enough for their collaboration and for providing us with access to these remarkable Americans that serve our state each and every day.” –“We Have a Story to Tell: 350 Years of the South Carolina National Guard” Executive Producer Steve Folks

FIVE FAST FACTS:

  • “We Have a Story to Tell: 350 Years of the South Carolina National Guard” – an SCETV documentary film – premieres Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Part of the network’s “Carolina Stories” documentary series, the film details the guard’s rich history and showcases its current activities in South Carolina and throughout the world.
  • The project started filming in July 2018 and features interviews with current and former South Carolina Adjutant Generals.
  • The film was achieved through a collaboration between SCETV and the South Carolina Military Department.
  • Although the project features no mention of the guard’s COVID-19 response, that topic will be covered on Thursday’s episode of “Palmetto Scene,” which will air at 8 p.m.

 

About Spoleto Festival USA
 
Founded in 1977, Spoleto Festival USA is an annual 17-day performing arts festival in Charleston, S.C. that presents leading artists in classical and popular music, opera, jazz, dance, and theater. The 2021 season takes place May 28 to June 13 in various locations on the downtown peninsula, including the historic Dock Street Theatre and the Charleston Gaillard Center. Spoleto Festival USA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

 
About South Carolina ETV and Public Radio
 
South Carolina ETV (SCETV) is the state’s public educational broadcasting network. Using television, radio and diverse digital properties, SCETV’s mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning. In addition to airing local programs, such as “Carolina Classrooms,” “Making it Grow,” “Palmetto Scene” and “This Week in South Carolina,” SCETV also presents multiple programs to regional and national audiences, including “Expeditions,” “Reconnecting Roots,” “Reel South,” “Somewhere South,” “Yoga in Practice” and “Live from Charleston Music Hall.” In addition, SC Public Radio produces the national radio production, “Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA.”