Virginia State Police have issued an Amber Alert for an 11-year-old boy who was possibly abducted and may be in “extreme danger.” Police are looking for Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn, who was last seen at Lebanon Middle School in Russell County. Authorities believe he was abducted by Jimmy Donald Guinn, 67, and the two were thought to be traveling in a 2004 purple Freightliner tractor-trailer with…
We want and need a community and recreational center for our district. We are petitioning for the rights to save the Northfork High School Gymnasium.
We would like to continue this and convince our school board that it is more cost effective and will be more beneficial to the community to allow us to keep the high school gynasium.Historical Northfork High School is sitting as a deteriorating…
At the beginning of the summer I applied for a $5,000 grant to develop a farmers market in Northfork. I also applied for several other grants to benefit the town in the future. I’m happy to report that my application was…
I was honored to present Hollow alongside Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA) at Camden International Film Fest. I would have never dreamed that I would be on stage with Kopple, an Academy award-winning director. It was an honor and special thanks to Sean Flynn and Ben Fowlie at CIFF for pulling it together.
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.
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.