Debut of film featuring Sea Pines founder Charles Fraser canceled

info@islandpacket.comJuly 29, 2013 

"A Chat with Charles Fraser," one of the lead-up events to a lecture and panel series planned by the Hilton Head Island Institute for this fall, has been canceled, institute executive director Jack Alderman said in a letter to institute supporters Monday.

The 2001 film featuring Fraser, the founder of Sea Pines who is credited with setting the standard for the island's early development, was to have its first public showing Saturday at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

The showing was to be the first of several events leading up to the institute's "imaginNATION 2013," a four-day series of discussions to promote intellectual curiosity scheduled for Oct. 23-26.

However, a misunderstanding with the Fraser family forced the cancellation, according to Alderman.

"As production of the event began, the institute worked diligently to ensure each step was executed properly, and we understood that the rights to the relevant video and audio were available to us," his letter said. "Courtesy communications with the Fraser family indicated their support. However, the institute was recently advised by the Fraser family attorney that the family objected to use of the material."

Because the institute wants to be "a unifying body within the community," it decided to cancel the showing, Alderman's letter said. "... We see no benefit in divisive actions."

Alderman said the decision to cancel "was not taken lightly" because ticket sales had been so strong that a sell-out was expected. Those who purchased the $45 tickets will get full refunds, he said.

The cancellation of the Fraser film will not affect the remaining events planned for the institute's debut season, Alderman said.

"We remain committed to the mission and vision of the institute to add value to our great community," he said. More details about the season will be announced soon, he said.

The institute's goal is "to enrich the quality of life for people already on the island and to attract new residents," Alderman has said.

Other events leading up to the main event in late October include a Sept. 12 lecture titled "The Art of Imagining" by documentary producer Robert Hutton, former senior vice president of creative development at Walt Disney Imagineering, and a two-part discussion on the history of Hilton Head, Mitchelville and the Lowcountry environment on Oct. 7-8.

The four-day "imaginNATION 2013" will include panel discussions and speakers on such topics as technology, education and turning individual success into community impact.

Tickets for events can be purchased at hiltonheadislandinstitute.com, at the Arts Center for Coastal Carolina, or by calling 888-860-2787.

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