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Lauren Waring Douglas began her professional career as a production coordinator for South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV). Some of her projects include credits with Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, A&E Television - Biography Network and ABC Studios. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Media Management from Columbia College Chicago at the height of the Great Recession which started a series of defining moments in her life. At one point, Lauren was temping for three different agencies. Feeling defeated she packed her things and moved back to South Carolina, but something immediately happened when she crossed the border into her home state. Her phone started ringing, and each phone call was someone offering her a freelance gig!

She knew then, a significant focus of her life’s work would be in South Carolina uplifting and celebrating the stories of her Gullah Geechee heritage.

Lauren seeks to give voice to the oft-silenced Gullah Geechee culture of South Carolina.


Natalie Bullock Brown is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated producer and consultant and is chair of and an assistant professor in the Department of Film & Interactive Media at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more than a decade, Natalie served as co-host of Black Issues Forum, a public affairs program on UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television network.


Natalie was an associate producer on Ken Burns’ 10-part PBS series, Jazz, and recently produced multi-part DVD series documenting the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference of Freedom Summer (2014), and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference (2010). Natalie is in the development phase of a documentary about black women and beauty. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northwestern University.

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Jake Butler is a native of Charleston, SC who attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. He graduated with a B.A. in Film and Video Production in 2004 and received the Departmental as well as the Outstanding Achievement Awards. His resume is thick with projects ranging from producing EMMY Award-winning tv programming to camera operating feature films on the Universal Studios back lot to multi-tracking live recordings of Snoop Dogg.


His production and editing work was EMMY nominated in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, & 2017. These 8 nominations and 2 wins were added to a list of other received industry awards, including a Silver and Bronze Telly. He has worked with and filmed names such as Denzel Washington, Ben Stiller, Jessica Biel, Kobe Bryant, Marlon Wayans, Jack Black, Hugh Hefner, Tyra Banks, Patrick Dempsey, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and many others. He has done commercial work for companies including Google, ESPN, ESPY Awards, The Grammys, Belk, JCPenny, Wyndam Grand, Shout Factory, Le Creuset, Toyota, Brahmin, Michelin, Ashley Home Furnishings, Rick Hendrick, Mercedes Benz, United Way, and many others. 

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