RISE: Sea Level Rise and the Gullah/Geechee People of South Carolina

This short film focuses on the culture of the Gullah/Geechee people on St. Helena Island, South Carolina that is at risk because of sea level rise.

  • Andre Taylor
    Cradle of Burning Liberty
  • Andre Taylor
  • Andre Taylor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 24, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Andre Taylor

Andre Taylor, a public historian, has an extensive background in journalism. In a career that spanned almost two decades, Andre spent most of his career covering crime for publications in West Virginia, Delaware, Texas, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University product studied history at the school before attending graduate school at North Carolina State University to study public history. The Philadelphia native is married to Andrea (Hankins) and they have twin daughters, Adelyn and Ashlyn. He and his family reside in Raleigh.

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Director Statement

As a Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Fellow and Public Historian on the campus of North Carolina State University, I study how climate change and sea level rise affect the cultures of the people who inhabit coastal communities. I specifically focus on those people of color who were originally colonized during the antebellum era and how their descendants have adapted to the changes of todays world. Examining how history and science come together is something that has interested me for some time and now I get to dive into this research on a full time basis.