The documentary revolves around the story of the Edgefield, South Carolina slave potter named David Drake who used his skills as a craftsman to create beautiful pottery during the turbulent 1800s. Producing thousands of pots in his lifetime, remarkably, Dave also wrote poetry and signed many of his vessels. The story is a testament to his will to be heard and leave his mark for the ages even at risk of severe punishment.
Produced by filmmaker Mark Albertin of Scrapbook Video Productions and archeologist, George Wingard of the Savannah River Archaeological Research program over a period of two years, the film gives insight to the man known simply as Dave, through in-depth interviews from artists, scholars, writers, historians and archaeologists.
Mark Albertin has produced numerous historical documentary films, most recently, “Displaced – The Unexpected Fallout from the Cold War” and “War Stories – Augusta Area Veterans Remember World War II.”
George Wingard is an accomplished archaeologist who, with his team at the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program uncovered a “Dave” vessel in 2006, giving inspiration to produce the film highlighted in this release.