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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.
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    ‘Hollow’: The Next Step For Social Documentary? | Mediashift | PBS →

    Every year IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) holds a week-long conference with filmmakers around the world flocking to New York City to attend panels, network and pitch. This year, Independent Film Week took a turn into the future of filmmaking and presented a case study of a web native interactive project for the first time.

    — 6 months ago with 2 notes
    #hollow  #documentary  #interactive  #pbs  #mediashift  #IFP  #nyc  #conference 
    IDFA DocLab Official Selection

    EXCITING NEWS!!! Hollow is an official selection of the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam’s DocLab!

    We’re taking the stories of McDowell to The Netherlands November 21-December 1. 

    — 6 months ago
    #international  #documentary  #festival  #amsterdam  #IDFA  #doc lab  #interactive  #projects  #documentaries  #media  #West Virginia  #hollow 
    Upcoming Screenings
    • November 1, 2013 (5-6 PM): Radford University

    • November 7, 2013 (7 PM): West Virginia University

    • November 13, 2013 (8 PM): DocYard. Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, Mass. Panel moderated by Sarah Wolozin, MIT Open Doc Lab.

    • 2014 Screenings: Ohio State University, Appalachian Studies Conference and Davis & Elkins College. Dates will be set soon for screenings in San Francisco, Detroit and Washington, D.C.

    — 6 months ago with 3 notes
    #hollow  #interactive  #documentary  #events  #screenings  #wv  #va  #virginia tech  #West Virginia  #West Virginia University 

    We had a great time at the IFP conference! 

    — 6 months ago
    #ifp  #transmedia  #interactive  #media  #new media  #documentary  #nonfiction  #hollow  #new york city  #conference 
    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
    #Interactive Media  #hollow an interactive documentary  #hollow the film  #documentary  #production  #post production  #interactive  #media  #digital  #west virginia  #appalachia  #Elaine McMillion  #jeff soyk  #sxsw  #Tribeca Film Institute 

    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 
    Mary McKinney’s drawings of her “future McDowell.” Really inspiring documents here, folks. This is just a few examples of ideas for Keystone and Landgraff out of a whole package she gave me. I dare anyone to tell me the people of McDowell don’t have ideas for improving their communities. It’s time we take these ideas to those in power and make things happen in the coalfields.

    Mary McKinney’s drawings of her “future McDowell.” Really inspiring documents here, folks. This is just a few examples of ideas for Keystone and Landgraff out of a whole package she gave me. I dare anyone to tell me the people of McDowell don’t have ideas for improving their communities. It’s time we take these ideas to those in power and make things happen in the coalfields.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #McDowell County  #West Virginia  #Elaine McMillion  #hollow  #documentary  #holler  #interactive  #new media  #plans  #future  #coal  #sustainable  #southern  #appalachia 
    @hollowthefilm’s mascot -The Keez- celebrating our recent support by @TribecaFilmIns in Welch, West Virginia!
Read about the New Media fund on TFI, IndieWire, Variety and RealScreen.

    @hollowthefilm’s mascot -The Keez- celebrating our recent support by @TribecaFilmIns in Welch, West Virginia!

    Read about the New Media fund on TFI, IndieWire, Variety and RealScreen.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #tribeca film institute  #new media fund  #2012  #project  #interactive  #media  #documentary  #hollow  #West Virginia  #Elaine McMillion  #transmedia  #appalachia 
    Workshop 3 participants! These folks are working toward a more positive future for McDowell County.
(Left to Right back row) Shawn Penwarden, Tom Acosta, Brenda Goodson, Ron Serino, Mary McKinney, Gilbert Nash, Alan Johnston, Linda McKinney. (Left to Right front row) Michelle Miller, Matthew Goodson, Megan Bowers, Patricia Blevins, Renee Bolden, Elaine McMillion.

    Workshop 3 participants! These folks are working toward a more positive future for McDowell County.

    (Left to Right back row) Shawn Penwarden, Tom Acosta, Brenda Goodson, Ron Serino, Mary McKinney, Gilbert Nash, Alan Johnston, Linda McKinney. (Left to Right front row) Michelle Miller, Matthew Goodson, Megan Bowers, Patricia Blevins, Renee Bolden, Elaine McMillion.

    — 1 year ago
    #mcdowell county  #southern west virginia  #West Virginia  #wv  #WvA  #appalachia  #community  #Elaine McMillion  #Michelle Miller  #megan bowers  #media  #mount view high school  #hollow  #documentary  #interactive 
    Hollow documenting McDowell County's story →

    Washington Times

    By Lisa King

    "On the day I visited, the documentary makers were holding a story telling seminar to better enable the community participants to reflect on their lives in a way that would convey their experiences in McDowell County through its many ups and downs.

    Present was a wonderful mix of all ethnicities, including Irish, Italian, Indian, German, and African American that reflected the impressive array of people that came to McDowell County in the past seeking their fortunes.

    From ages 13 to 80, the participants all gathered in hopes of learning how they could convey their pride in their community and how to tell that in a format that would be available for all to enjoy.

    The more I talked to the people the more I realized they were all community minded, each holding at least one position in their community, if not more, that was directly responsible for insuring and bettering the welfare of the rest of the community.

    Participants were from law enforcement, health care, teaching, county government, and the local food bank, just to name a few. More importantly, they shared a real enthusiasm for the project that was obvious in their words and actions.

    As work on “Hollow” continues, I am left with this thought; they say one person can change the world. If this is true, we definitely have not heard the last of McDowell County West Virginia, because I recently met a room full of earth shakers there.”

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #interactive  #documentary  #mcdowell county  #west virginia  #appalachia  #news  #storytelling  #hollow  #elaine mcmillion  #mount view high school