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  • Soul’s Journey: Inside the Creative Process (DVD)

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    This documentary series has been created to provide viewers with insight into the creative process as it is revealed through the work of studio craft artists with diverse cultural backgrounds living and working in the Southern United States. These are not “how to” programs but seek to delve deeper into why our species makes works of art and how each individual artist is engaged with his or her medium.

    Many nationally recognized and successful “makers” were chosen to be part of the programs. The selection criteria are important to understand. Firstly, selected individuals who make outstanding work. Nominations were accepted from museum professionals, gallery operators, educators, and other artists, but the final selection remained that of the Executive Producer, David Hutto. Secondly, considerations were made for inclusion of artists from different ethnic backgrounds, geographical areas-urban and rural, and artists of different ages and gender. And thirdly, artists were choses to represent different media areas: wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass, and furniture. A balance in these areas was attempted to illustrate the broad diversity found in the professional contemporary craft industry in America.

    Interestingly, we discovered that many of the top craft artists in the country live and work in the Southern United States. The South has long been known as a place where creativity flourishes. As we searched for just the right mix of individuals to feature in the show, we discovered that there is a new breed of “southerner” with roots that reach across the nation. The voices of our participants reflect heritages from the Midwest, the Eastern and Western United States, Puerto Rico, England, the Deep South, and beyond. This diverse mixture is compelling and adds color and texture and depth to the series.

    For artist bios and further information about the broadcast series, see the Broadcast Series Brochure 

    Makers in the studio:

    Selections of work from featured artists:

    Watch the trailer below:

    Key Contributors

    David N. Hutto, Executive Producer
    Project oversight and coordination, special effects designer, 
    editing supervision, music composer and producer, script writer/ editor.  

    Hutto has produced, written, directed and edited many programs for public and commercial television networks.   Through the years, he has created both narrative and conceptual programs.  He produced and directed live programs for PBS/ALS; directed the “Live From” series for PBS Teacher Support Services  –Live from Antarctica 2, Live from Mars, Live from the Rainforest, etc. 

    Served as director of the Mississippi State University Television Center for 13 years; designed the Blue Ridge Community College Technology Education and Development Center’s digital production facilities (2000-2009).  He has received more than 60 state, regional and national awards for his work including aGold Screen Award, awards from the American Federation of Advertisers, Broadcasting Associations, ACE, and received the Hammer Award from the Vice President of the United States for innovations in Education (Joint Project with NASA and the American Museum of Natural History).

    Chanse Simpson, Field Producer, Director, Editor, Field production, videographer, director, editor, writer

    Produced, wrote, shot, and edited numerous documentaries, and programs on the arts and historical subjects.  He also served as Executive Producer, Producer/Director for a Civil War Documentary whichaired on the UNC-TV Public Television Network.  Simpson has taught film and video production at Haywood Community College and UNC Asheville.  In addition to his video experience, Simpson has served as a news reporter for print media. 

    Julian Rebolledo, Narrator
    Connie Regan-Blake, Announcer
    Aaron Burdett, Singer

    The series was in production for more than 5 years.  Videographer Chanse Simpson traveled to ten states to the studios of each artist.  He spent time getting to know each artist – how they thought, lived, and worked.  He was a one-man band for the most part, dragging lights and equipment from location to location.  


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