DOCUMENTARIES

The topics we have worked on have a broad scope:  The working-homeless, chattel slavery in Colonial America, a 93-year old African American blacksmith and LGBTQ people living in South Carolina. One of our most recent works tells the story of a ten year collaboration between a 75-year old photographer and a 19-year old hip hop artist. We are inspired by each story we have had the privilege to work on.

Client: Middleton Place Foundation

BEYOND THE FIELDS: Slavery at Middleton Place

Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark, located on the Ashley River outside of Charleston, South Carolina, has been engaged for decades in telling the story not just of its white owners, but also of its African American population. The enslaved left few artifacts, personal papers or documents. In the Charleston area, even recorded oral histories are rare. Middleton family letters, plantation records, probate records and other public documents provide only brief glimpses into the lives of the enslaved at Middleton Place. The Foundation was confronted with the very real challenge in making visible those who had been invisible and extrapolating tangible evidence from the intangibles of their lives. This American story is told through discussions with historians, authors, researchers, preservationists, historic site interpreters and descendants of the Middletons.

Interviewer/Director: Steve Lepre
Editors: Steve Lepre & Mark McKinney

Client: New South Pictures

THE MAYOR: The Age of Riley

An inspiring story of a white, Irish Catholic man in the American south who provided guidance and compassion to his community for an incredible 40 year period as the mayor of Charleston, South Carolina.

Entering office just as the Civil Rights movement was taking off in South Carolina, Joseph P. Riley Jr., a Democrat, became America’s Mayor and proved that the only real social change comes from the ground up. As American politics charged down the path of divisiveness, Mayor Riley sought inclusion and worked to improve his city in every way. 

On June 17, 2015, in the final quarter of his last term in office, he faced “his worst nightmare”: the tragic massacre of nine African Americans by a young, white supremacist, in the oldest African Methodist Episcopalian church in America.

Editors: Mark McKinney & Steve Lepre

Client: Crisis Ministries of Charleston

who among us?

This documentary explores the plight of homelessness using interviews and photography. We spent one day at Charleston's Center for Photography with 45 professional photographers and board members, clients and employees of The Crisis Ministries of Charleston, South Carolina.

who among us? won a national Telly Award in 2004.

Interviewer/Director: Steve Lepre
Videographer/Editor: Mark McKinney
Graphics: Steve Lepre

Documentary Short

Philip Simmons Tribute

Client: Philip Simmons Foundation

From 2005-2009, Sunhead Projects followed master blacksmith Philip Simmons with portable video equipment as part of the Philip Simmons Documentation Project.

Mr. Simmons was born on Daniel Island, SC and became one of the nation's most celebrated Master Blacksmiths.
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Upon his passing in 2009 friends, family officials gathered for his coming home. This tribute was created for the celebration of Mr. Simmons life.

Videography: Keanan Nelson, Cyril Samonte, Mark McKinney
Editing: Mark McKinney & Steve Lepre
Interviewers: Patrice Smith & Steve Lepre

Half hour Documentary

We Are Your Neighbors

Client: AFFA (Alliance For Full Acceptance)

This documentary was aired on SCETV's Southern Lens series in 2005. It shows the every day challenges that LGBT families face in South Carolina.

Director/Interviewer: Steve Lepre
Editors: Mark McKinney & Steve Lepre
Videography: MMG Productions