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    Two Virginia Screenings This Week

    Virginia Tech

    October 31, 2013, 7 PM

    DETAILS

    Radford University

    November 1, 2013, 5 PM

    DETAILS

    — 5 months ago with 1 note
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    Getting Closer to Launch! Lots of updates, links and news

    The past couple months have been a whirlwind of long hours and exciting payoffs for everyone on the Hollowteam. Here are a couple updates! 

    • Hollow featured in Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI SandboxCheck out the site which features a project homepage, an interview with me about Hollow, an interview with Jeff Soyk and I about the Tribeca/Zeega Hackathon, and many other resources and information about interactive documentary.
    • Hollow featured in “New Digital Storytelling” series in Filmmaker Magazine: The fine folks at the MIT Open Doc Lab asked us to contribute to the series and we’re super excited about the final piece. The series will continue throughout the year!
    • "Beautiful McDowell County" photo exhibit has moved from Charleston to Bramwell, West Virginia: The exhibit, which features photography by Betty Rivard and myself, will open on March 18 at the Coal Heritage Interpretive Center in the Bramwell Depot. The exhibit will be on display through May 11.Tomorrow (Tues. 3/19), an artist reception with Betty Rivard will be held from 5:30-7:30 PM at the depot. 
    • 2013 WVU Short Film Fest: This past weekend I traveled to Morgantown to screen two short pieces fromHollow and take part in a panel discussion about Appalachian identity. It was great to meet Martha Stephens, a talented Appalachian filmmaker and writer/director of Pilgrim Song.
    • Tribeca Film Fest: In late April, we will be attending the Tribeca Film Festival to represent Hollow. I will provide more details closer to the date!
    • SXSW Interactive and Film Festival: Last week, I had the pleasure to serve as a digital media and film mentor at the SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas. The trip was an amazing experience and I was so surprised to meet people who already knew about Hollow. It was also great to be able to meet several of our Kickstarter backers in Austin, including Mike Andrick and Dan Mistich.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
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    Before and After: The 2001 Flood, 11 years later #WV #Appalachia #documentary
Last week, Renee Bolden submitted footage she had shot during the 2001 flood in McDowell County. Just over a decade ago, Renee filmed a house float past her mother’s porch. Today we went back to all of the places she had shot and reshot the areas. Many structures have washed away and some improvements have been made. 
The three forms of video—footage from 2001, Renee’s footage today, and my camera footage of Renee shooting and talking—will be an interactive feature on HOLLOW once we launch.

    Before and After: The 2001 Flood, 11 years later #WV #Appalachia #documentary

    Last week, Renee Bolden submitted footage she had shot during the 2001 flood in McDowell County. Just over a decade ago, Renee filmed a house float past her mother’s porch. Today we went back to all of the places she had shot and reshot the areas. Many structures have washed away and some improvements have been made. 

    The three forms of video—footage from 2001, Renee’s footage today, and my camera footage of Renee shooting and talking—will be an interactive feature on HOLLOW once we launch.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #mcdowell county  #pageton  #annawalt  #West Virginia  #appalachia  #renee bolden  #hollow the film  #hollow an interactive documentary 

    Today Elaine talked about interactive storytelling with Jigar Mehta (“18 Days in Egypt”) at West Virginia University.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #18 days in egypt  #jigar mehta  #Elaine McMillion  #hollow an interactive documentary  #hollow the film  #interactive  #media  #mcdowell  #county  #west virginia  #appalachia 
    Community Workshop 1 Recap

    by Michelle Miller, HOLLOW’s workshop coordinator

    Saturday we hosted the first of three Community Workshops for HOLLOW. There were about 15 participants, as well as volunteers and team members from around the state.

    This workshop provided a chance to discuss the various roles community members could take in the project and provide feedback to the team on what has been shot so far. In part one, we talked about the ways McDowell County has been portrayed by other filmmakers and journalists, listing the negative or frustrating words we’ve all heard.

    Words that describe how McDowell County residents are portrayed on the left and words that they feel identify their community on the right. (from @hollowthefilm workshop #1)

    There wasn’t a single community member who talked about these negative words without immediately providing the counterbalance—words like pride, warmth, diversity and resilience. With those concepts in mind, we reviewed the first clips of footage and talked about what to shoot next. They were happy to see a visual montage of themselves that no one had created before—images of everyday life in restaurants, fishing holes, church Sundays and fairs.

    Many people talked about how they wish their others from the community, specifically local leaders, would have joined them for the workshop and agreed to take responsibility for turning them out in July.  

    In the afternoon, HOLLOW team member Eric Lovell explained balloon mapping. He showed some test images he’d taken of Linkous Park, talked about his plan to bring young people into the project through balloon mapping and asked for feedback about places to map.



    We closed the workshop with some video camera training, reflection on the experience and discussion of what to do for our next workshop. Community member and volunteer fire fighter, Ron Serino, took a camera home with him that day to start shooting and everyone committed to bringing three others along with them for our July meeting.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #West Virginia  #michelle miller  #community  #workshop  #storytelling  #media  #training  #video  #documentary  #hollow  #hollow an interactive documentary  #Elaine McMillion 
    Production Update

    We are entering our 4th week of production for HOLLOW and things couldn’t be better. We have interviewed 13 people and had over 25 organized shoots (not to mention all the footage we get when exploring the county).

    We have been welcomed into the community and the project has become so well-known people come up and ask us about it. We are so excited about the 10 shoots we have lined for the next two weeks and we know our time here through the end of August will only get better.

    Today we received the money from our Kickstarter campaign and this week we will be purchasing the community cameras. I am super excited to get those into the hands of people here in McDowell. Be sure to like us on Facebook for daily updates and photos.

    Elaine

    Project Director

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
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    Elaine shooting/laughing at Berwind Lake on May 16. Photo by Brady Eanes

    Elaine shooting/laughing at Berwind Lake on May 16. Photo by Brady Eanes

    — 1 year ago
    #mcdowell  #county  #West Virginia  #Elaine McMillion  #documentary  #hollow an interactive documentary  #project hollow  #appalachia 
    'Hollow' film project lets McDowell tell its tale →

    CHARLESTON GAZETTE

    Douglas Imbrogno

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s what documentary filmmakers do when they’re blown away by something. They get going on a documentary.

    That was certainly the urge after Elaine McMillion encountered the barren storefronts of Welch, in McDowell County, which could be a poster child for the worst of depressed and devastated Third World Appalachia.

    "I went to Welch last summer," said McMillion, who did some growing up in Logan and Elkview and now lives in Boston. "It’s just unbelievable. I never knew there were ghost towns like that in West Virginia. You always hear about that out West. It infuriated me and made me mad. And made me really sad."

    read full story here

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #Charleston Gazette  #douglas imbrogno  #Elaine McMillion  #hollow an interactive documentary  #hollow the film  #West Virginia  #news 
    The meaning of “Hollow”

    It’s interesting how many West Virginians (and Appalachians) know “hollow” (pronounced: holler) as a place where people live/a road/neighborhood/community but yet the actual definition of the word couldn’t be more different: 

    hol·low 

    1. Having a cavity, gap, or space within: a hollow wall.
    2. Deeply indented or concave; sunken
    3. Without substance or character: a hollow person. 
    4. Devoid of truth or validity
    5. Having a reverberating, sepulchral sound: hollow footsteps.
    6. A cavity, gap, or space: a hollow behind a wall.
    7. An indented or concave surface or area.
    8. A void; an emptiness: a hollow in one’s life.
    9. A small valley between mountains (this rings the most true for me)

    For the purposes of this project, I chose “Hollow” because it symbolizes home to many while also symbolizing emptiness (population loss).

    However, I find it quite intriguing how a word that many use to describe their beloved and secure home also signifies a place that is void of “substance.”

    — 2 years ago
    #hollow  #hollow an interactive documentary  #meaning of hollow  #definition  #appalachia  #West Virginia  #mountains  #home  #culture