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MAKING IT WORK: ARTISTS IN CONVERSATIONS Featuring: Wade Sellers & Jeff Sumerel Moderator: Betsy Newman (SCETV)

Jan 29, 2017
701 Center for Contemporary Art
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Featuring: Wade Sellers & Jeff Sumerel

Moderator: Betsy Newman (SCETV)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

3:00 p.m.

Admission free; open to the public
The event takes place in conjunction with the exhibition:


25 Artists
January 12 – February 26, 2017

A Film Project Featuring Columbia Artists:

Eileen Blyth, Jarid Lyfe Brown, Michaela Pilar Brown, James Busby, Michael Cassidy, Stephen Chesley, Thomas Crouch,  Jeff Donovan, Mary Gilkerson, Bonnie Goldberg, Michael Krajewski, Matthew Kramer, Whitney LeJeune, Susan Lenz, Dre Lopez, Laurie McIntosh, John Monteith, Lucas Sams, Alex Smith, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong, Anna Redwine, Cedric Umoja, Mike Williams & David Yaghjian


In conjunction with the exhibition 25 Artists, a film project by Columbia native, filmmaker and three-time Emmy nominee Wade Sellers, 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., presents the Making It Work: Artists in Conversation. The next conversation, on Sunday, January 29, 2017, 3:00 p.m., will take place between Sellers and Greenville, S.C., filmmaker, multi-media and interdisciplinary artist Jeff Sumerel.  SCETV’s Betsy Newman will moderate the conversation.

For 25 Artists project, filmmaker Sellers interviewed 25 Columbia artists whose work he admires, asking them why they create, what influences and motivates them, how they work, etc. Each interview took place with the artists standing in front of a neutral, white backdrop and was conducted informally and in spontaneous fashion. The interviews were edited to 60 seconds or less to create a series of vignettes. All interviews are shown simultaneous on 25 mounted monitors in an inventive, gallery-wide installation.

Sumerel is the 2014 S.C. Arts Commission Media Production Fellow. Aside from films and documentaries, Sumerel creates stage, drama, comedy and narrative productions and combinations thereof. His film work has been shown at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art and was a first prize winner at the Baltimore Film & Video Festival. His work has been shown throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Sellers in an independent filmmaker and producer. He is a three time Emmy nominee whose production company, Coal Powered Filmworks, focuses on producing documentary and independent film. His work has been seen on PBS stations nationwide and independent theaters and festivals around the country. After graduation from the University of South Carolina he began work in independent film as a cinematographer. In the late 1990’s he followed this work to New York City, where he began establishing a strong resume of independent work and corporate clients. After returning to the South he turned his focus to producing and directing.

After a number of years producing and directing independent work and PSAs for state agencies Sellers decided to form Coal Powered Filmworks, a documentary and commercial production company. Over the eight years since founding Coal Powered Filmworks, he has produced work for local, regional and national clients. His work has been recognized with Addys, Tellys and numerous other awards. His latest project is a three-part biography series focusing on soldiers who fought in Vietnam that will air nationally in 2017.


For further inquiries, contact wroefs@sc.rr.com or call Wim Roefs at (803) 238-2351.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201.  During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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