The Islander


Eudora Welty Americana Award

Gabriel Award

Ohio State Award

New York International Film and Television Festival Award

Southern Educational Communications Association
Most Creative Production

Virgin International Film Festival

This half hour interpretative program –  part dramatic, part documentary  – portrayed the eccentric life and extraordinary work of renowned Gulf coast artist Walter Anderson. The film premiered on Mississippi Educational Television in 1977. The idea came from a visit to the Anderson compound in Ocean Springs. M. Jane Puryear and I developed the proposal and script outline. I was slated to direct the film (it would have been my first national production) when I accepted a position with PBS in Washington.

Blaine Baggett: Script Development