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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

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    McDowell County is a very patriotic community and tomorrow they will continue their tradition of holding one of the country’s longest ongoing Veterans Day parades in the country.

    And in honor of Veterans Day, we are releasing three short stories from residents in McDowell County. We interviewed over 50 individuals this summer, many of which shared stories of war and returning home after. Today we would like to share three of those from Ellis Ray Williams, Ed Shepard and Bill Bolt. 

    Ellis Ray Williams shares his experience as an African American soldier in WWII. 

    Ed Shepard talks about his time as a sniper in the Marine Corps and his return home to Welch.

    Bill Bolt talks about returning to Coalwood from three years in the Navy, meeting the love of his life and watching his community change.

    The stories can all be experienced on Cowbird!

    Please watch and share with your friends as we pay respect to our Veterans! 

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #veterans  #veterans day  #salute  #honoring  #west virginia  #war  #world war II  #death  #love  #small town  #america  #united state  #documentary  #oral history  #stories  #cowbird  #coalwood  #wv  #hollow  #interactive 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 
    Very proud of Katy, a 12-year-old resident of Welch, for putting alot of thought and time into her story for Hollow. She spoke about how bullying has affected her family, what she wants to see McDowell become and offered fresh ideas for abandoned buildings. She filmed her family’s story in McDowell and Charleston. 
“This place has so much potential but it’s taken forever for someone to realize it and actually start to do something with it,” Katy Justice.
(photo above by Katy)
Special thanks to John and Jolene Justice for encouraging their children to get involved with Hollow.

    Very proud of Katy, a 12-year-old resident of Welch, for putting alot of thought and time into her story for Hollow. She spoke about how bullying has affected her family, what she wants to see McDowell become and offered fresh ideas for abandoned buildings. She filmed her family’s story in McDowell and Charleston.

    “This place has so much potential but it’s taken forever for someone to realize it and actually start to do something with it,” Katy Justice.

    (photo above by Katy)

    Special thanks to John and Jolene Justice for encouraging their children to get involved with Hollow.

    — 1 year ago
    #west virginia  #youth  #media  #community  #mcdowell  #welch  #ideas  #future  #dying  #towns  #appalachia  #katy justice  #hollow  #interactive documentary 

    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 

    This evening I filmed South 52 practicing for the McDowell County Fair…super talented group of people. (photos by Elaine McMillion)

    — 1 year ago with 9 notes
    #mcdowell county  #West Virginia  #premiere  #welch  #appalachia  #music  #bluegrass  #singing  #culture  #tradition  #hollow  #interactive documentary  #Elaine McMillion 
    LESS THAN 30 HOURS LEFT TO DONATE! 
The photo above was taken in Coalwood, WV in December 2011. At one point in time, Coalwood was a booming coal mining town and home to many families and a thriving community. Coalwood reached its peak in the 1960s and finally shut down production on October 1, 1982…today it is left with the scars and skeletons of industry.
Please help make a difference in Southern West Virginia and rural America. “Hollow” aims to become a place where communities can work together to improve their future! Help us raise 3k in less than 30 hours on KICKSTARTER!

    LESS THAN 30 HOURS LEFT TO DONATE!

    The photo above was taken in Coalwood, WV in December 2011. At one point in time, Coalwood was a booming coal mining town and home to many families and a thriving community. Coalwood reached its peak in the 1960s and finally shut down production on October 1, 1982…today it is left with the scars and skeletons of industry.

    Please help make a difference in Southern West Virginia and rural America. “Hollow” aims to become a place where communities can work together to improve their future! Help us raise 3k in less than 30 hours on KICKSTARTER!

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #appalachia  #west virginia  #southern  #mcdowell  #industry  #rural  #America  #future  #hollow  #interactive documentary  #elaine mcmillion  #kickstarter 
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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 
    Temporary Website Launched for Hollow →

    While the interactive designer/programmer creates wireframes for the HTML-5 website that will be launched in Spring 2013, I decided to put this website together as a landing page for information about the project. Check out the site here!

    — 2 years ago with 190 notes
    #hollow  #interactive documentary  #documentary  #production  #website  #design  #videos  #online  #west virginia  #mcdowell county  #projects  #Elaine McMillion