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Midlands Film Festival Ignites Local Economy

Seth Gadsden
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

If you are a regular listener to this program, you know that film festival season has started in our state.  Next up is the annual event hosted by South Carolina’s only independent art-house theater, the Nickelodeon in Columbia.

Mike Switzer interviews Seth Gadsden, director of the 14th Annual Indie Grits Film Festival, coming to Columbia March 26-29.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.