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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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    Images by Ron Serino, a community videographer for @hollowthefilm. Ron is a volunteer fire fighter for the Northfork Fire Department and has been shooting for HOLLOW for a couple weeks. He has shot images at his church, a bonfire and his environment in Keystone, Northfork and Elkhorn. We are super excited that Ron has taken an interest in being one of the community filmmakers and we’re even more excited to help him continue to develop the stories he wants to tell about “home.” If you would like to shoot for the documentary email to sign up for a camera and training session.

    — 1 year ago
    #northfork  #West Virginia  #mcdowell county  #south  #appalachia  #wv  #hollow  #ron serino  #fire department 
    SoLost Doc Series →

    SoLost is the original video series by The Oxford American that celebrates getting lost in the American South. SoLost is an off-kilter video journey through the side roads, backrooms, cellars and psyche of the modern South. With subjects prospected by master image-maker and Southern back-roads champ Dave Anderson, we delight in the tastes, sounds and myriad cultural delights of this our glorious landscape. Join us every month as we unveil a new episode of SoLost: artful, online video shorts that explore the complexity and vitality of the American South.

    — 1 year ago
    #south  #United States  #soLost  #oxford american  #southern  #docs  #online  #video 
    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 
    I stumbled across this photo yesterday and had to share…basically depicts my childhood growing up in the Southern coalfields of Logan, West Virginia.

    I stumbled across this photo yesterday and had to share…basically depicts my childhood growing up in the Southern coalfields of Logan, West Virginia.

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #childhood  #play  #swimming  #children  #photos  #home  #logan  #west virginia  #coalfields  #appalachia  #appalachian  #wv  #culture  #coal  #south  #southern 
    A Black and White World →

    If things are, as they say, slower in the South, then integration was no exception. The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring separate public schools for white and black children unconstitutional, finally incited change in McDowell County schools 11 years later; in some West Virginia counties, like Mercer, which desegregated in 1969, change trickled even slower.

    Smith had been a teacher and a coach at Gary District School, an all black institution, before the consolidation into Gary High School happened. With two West Virginia Class A championships under his belt, one in football and one in basketball, he felt certain he’d have a position in the newly consolidated school, coaching black students and white students alike to be their athletic and academic best. He was wrong.

    “Segregation became a part of my life when I was born,” Smith states. “But integration started in 1965. It was good that integration came.”

    — 2 years ago
    #race  #african american  #united states  #civil rights  #martin luther king  #mlk  #personal stories  #mcdowell county  #segregation  #appalachia  #south  #West Virginia 
    State of Confusion by Jason Headley →


    “I’m from West Virginia.”

    “Oh really? I have a cousin in Roanoke.”

    “That’s in Virginia.”

    “What do you mean?”

    “I’m from West Virginia. It’s a different state.”



    "It’s frustrating to come from a state that most people don’t even know exists. The only thing worse is when they do. They get that mischievous twinkle in the eye and then, out pour the jokes. The barnyard jokes, the banjo jokes, and everyone’s favorite, the incest jokes. I’m not sure what response people are hoping for when they accuse me of screwing my sister, but I can assure you it never endears me toward them. And I don’t even have a sister. But these sad stabs at humor can’t be unique to West Virginia. I’m sure it happens to people from all sorts of Southern states: Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky. Hell, to be perfectly honest, I’ve made those sorts of jokes about people from Kentucky. But it all leads up to a bigger question. These are attitudes about the South. So, is West Virginia a part of the South?"

    — 2 years ago with 37 notes
    #west virginia  #south  #appalachia  #jason headley  #culture  #identity  #home