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SC Student Film Fest Goes Online March 20-21

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Three years ago, our next guest founded a film festival for high school students in an effort to provide real life experiences and resources for young filmmakers in South Carolina.  The event has grown beyond our state’s borders and while virtual this year due to the pandemic, it has not slowed down.

Mike Switzer interviews Ray Smith, founder and director of the Doko Film Fest in Blythewood, SC.

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.