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Ask me anything   Blog for Hollow, an interactive doc that examines the future small town America through the voices of Appalachians.
Take a scroll through small-town America: www.hollowdocumentary.com

twitter.com/hollowthefilm:

    Totally in love with these amazing home videos that Homer Hickam donated to the project…even though they are silent I am watching them and hearing the atmosphere, conversation and mood of the place. So beautiful, but I’m always a sucker for archival footage and home movies :)

    Totally in love with these amazing home videos that Homer Hickam donated to the project…even though they are silent I am watching them and hearing the atmosphere, conversation and mood of the place. So beautiful, but I’m always a sucker for archival footage and home movies :)

    — 11 months ago with 2 notes
    #homer hickam  #archives  #archival  #film  #old  #Memories  #home  #home movies 

    Elaine McMilion, director of HOLLOW, was interviewed by Patrick Felton in Charleston, West Virginia for his podcast, “That Conversation.”

    Full audio interview: "That Conversation" by Patrick Felton

    Soundcloud link

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #podcast  #charleston  #West Virginia  #wv  #stereotypes  #hollow  #film  #documentary  #interactive  #journalism  #Elaine McMillion 
    Clouds Over Cuba →

    On the 50th anniversary of the crisis, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum has released an interactive documentary called Clouds Over CubaNarrated by actor Matthew Modine, the film vividly explains the events before, during and after the historic crisis. As the story unfolds, the documentary prompts viewers to access an impressive amount of historical documents (photos, documents, audio recordings, etc.) that add real texture to the story. Clouds Over Cuba iseducational. It’s impressively put together.

    — 1 year ago
    #interactive  #documentary  #film  #media  #clouds over cuba  #storytelling  #online 

    Hollow participants share their hopes and dreams for the future of their communities.

    (Source: vimeo.com)

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #mcdowell  #west virginia  #wv  #appalachia  #future  #hollow  #film  #documentary  #elaine mcmillion 
    Help HOLLOW get to SXSW Interactive 2013 →

    We need everyone’s vote! West Virginia University (my alma mater) has submitted a panel featuring HOLLOW and 18 Days in Egypt for SXSW 2013 in Austin titled, “The People’s Voice: Story Through Their Lens.” We need everyone to sign up for the website (it’s simple) and cast your vote!

    Our submission: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/156

    Voting closes August 31 ; Programming announced October 15 (first round)

    Please vote, share and help HOLLOW make it to SXSW :)

    Thanks for your support!

    Elaine & the HOLLOW team

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #interactive  #sxsw  #south by southwest  #festival  #film  #music  #category  #presenation  #panel  #austin  #texas  #2013  #vote  #hollow  #the film  #documentary  #interactive documentary  #West Virginia  #appalachia  #issues  #Elaine McMillion 

    Just for fun…testing out the EX3 timelapse option

    (Source: vimeo.com)

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #west virginia  #mcdowell county  #southern  #appalachia  #hollow  #film  #interactive documentary 
    Filmmakers discuss community-driven media →

    The Daily Athenaeum published an article yesterday about mine and Jigar Mehta’s presentations about interactive storytelling at West Virginia University. 

    Although I look quite silly in this picture, the article is worth reading :)

    — 1 year ago
    #Jigar Mehta  #18 days in egypt  #interactive  #interactive documentary  #Elaine McMillion  #documentary  #community  #media  #film  #West Virginia  #West Virginia University  #Egypt 
    
HOMER HICKAM SUPPORTS HOLLOW
In addition to providing rewards for our Kickstarter campaign, Homer Hickam (author and former NASA engineer) sent a message to his Facebook fans today stating:

"People who love those West Virginia hills should help Hollow, a documentary about the county where I grew up, not as it was then but as it is now. A cautionary tale. Post-industrial societies look a lot like pre-industrial societies."

Hickam grew up in the McDowell County town of Coalwood. His novel, October Sky, was made into a feature-length film starring Jake Gyllenhaal. His most recent novel, Crater, was one of the most sought after rewards on our Kickstarter campaign.

    HOMER HICKAM SUPPORTS HOLLOW

    In addition to providing rewards for our Kickstarter campaign, Homer Hickam (author and former NASA engineer) sent a message to his Facebook fans today stating:

    "People who love those West Virginia hills should help Hollow, a documentary about the county where I grew up, not as it was then but as it is now. A cautionary tale. Post-industrial societies look a lot like pre-industrial societies."

    Hickam grew up in the McDowell County town of Coalwood. His novel, October Sky, was made into a feature-length film starring Jake Gyllenhaal. His most recent novel, Crater, was one of the most sought after rewards on our Kickstarter campaign.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #homer hickam  #october sky  #hollow  #film  #documentary  #coalwood  #West Virginia  #mcdowell county  #appalachia  #jake gyllenhaal 
    Hollow Featured on "The Revivalist" →

    "The Revivalist" featured an interview with me (Elaine) about Hollow’s mission! Please take the time to read!

    — 1 year ago
    #the revivalist  #mark ferguson  #appalachia  #south  #West Virginia  #mcdowell county  #hollow  #film  #documentary  #elaine mcmillion  #interactive 
    Hollow Mentioned in Coal Tattoo's Friday Roundup →

    See full roundup on Ken Ward’s Coal Tattoo 

    From the media world, folks who are active on Twitter or Facebook may have seen mentions around this week about a project called “Hollow: An Interactive Documentary,” which its developers describe as:

    … A hybrid community participatory project and interactive documentary where content is created “for the community, by the community.” The project combines personal documentary video portraits, user-generated content, photography, soundscapes, interactive data and grassroots mapping on an HTML5 website designed to discuss the many stereotypes associated with the area, population loss and potential for the future. Members of the community will take part in the filmmaking process by creating 20 of the 50 short documentaries in efforts to build engagement and social trust and empower the community to work together for a better future.

    They also say:

    The project leaders of Hollow believe that the voices of West Virginia have not been heard. Over the years, media has portrayed the people of Appalachia as one-dimensional characters in issue-driven films about coal mining and drug abuse. Films about our homestate have not given residents a chance to speak but have instead used them to fit their categories of “hillbilly,” “poor Appalachian,” “ignorant coal miners,” or “environmentalist.” This community participatory project has great potential to become a place where the community can have a voice and share ideas for the future. We hope that this interactive model can encourage trust among the community and empower them to work together for change. Hollow’s documentary portraits and user-generated content will provide a multidimensional viewpoint, highlighting the ingenuity and spirit that keeps the community fighting.

    The project team is currently trying to raise funding through Kickstarter.  I’m curious what role coal’s past, present and future is going to play in this particular project, and I may write some more about it after I get to talk more with project leader Elaine McMillion.

    — 2 years ago
    #coal tattoo  #ken ward  #Hollow  #documentary  #film  #Charleston Gazette  #McDowell County  #West Virginia  #interactive  #blog  #appalachia  #wv 
    Thanks to fellow West Virginian, Morgan Spurlock, for his shoutout on Twitter about Hollow!!

    Thanks to fellow West Virginian, Morgan Spurlock, for his shoutout on Twitter about Hollow!!

    — 2 years ago
    #West Virginia  #morgan spurlock  #elaine mcmillion  #film  #documentary  #appalachia  #twitter 
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    Like Hollow on Facebook!

    — 2 years ago
    #hollow  #interactive documentary  #project  #west virginia  #appalachia  #film  #interactive  #media  #website  #news  #portraits  #mcdowell county  #Elaine McMillion