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07 JULY 2014

Hollow: An Interactive Documentary

"Hollow is a web–based documentary and participatory project that examines the future of rural America through the residents of West Virginia's McDowell County. ... the project is also primer for how to make the most of the college experience – Director Elaine McMillion leveraged resources at Emerson College, where she was earning an MFA, to produce Hollow."

(Shannon Carroll, 6 September 2013, PBS)

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2013American life • Appalachian • community participatory projectcommunity-generated content • decline • digital storiesdigital storytellingdocumentarydocumentary truth • Elaine McMillion • Emerson College • gradual decline • history • Hollow (2013) • hybrid experiencehypermediainteractive digital narrativesinteractive documentaryinteractive information visualisationinteractive multimediainteractive storytellinglayers of data • McDowell County • MFAOp-Docs • participatory project • personal significance • personal stories • rural America • rural lifescrolling experienceshort documentarysmall town Americasocial historytheir storiestimelinetruth and realityvideo portraitweb-based documentary

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Simon Perkins
13 JANUARY 2013

AMERICAN SUBURB X: photography and culture blog

"Started in 2008, AMERICAN SUBURB X / ASX is an ever–growing archive and fiercely edited look at photography's always relevant past, rapidly shifting present and dramatically unfolding future. The mission is to provide and provoke, to educate and titillate those who are obsessed with photography, visual culture and all of the beautiful moving parts. We believe that by bringing together the intellectual and the visual in a powerful dance, ASX will foster new generations of artists, scholars, collectors, and patrons."

(Doug Rickard)

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2008American cultureAmerican life • AMERICAN SUBURB X • ASX • ever-growing archive • look at photography • photo blogphotoblogphotoblogging websitephotographic essayphotographic portraitphotography • photography obsession • popular culture • rapidly shifting present • relevant past • unfolding future • visual culture

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Simon Perkins
12 JUNE 2011

David Lynch's Interview Project Probes American Dreams

"In Interview Project's mini–documentaries, filmmakers Austin Lynch and Jason S. sidle up to strangers and ask them piercing questions like 'What were your dreams as a child?' and 'When did you first experience death?'

For the 121–part online series, which launches Monday, the pair logged 20,000 miles criss–crossing the United States over a 70–day stretch, searching for random people to question about American life.

In a filmed introduction to Interview Project, producer David Lynch (Austin's father) says: 'There was no plan, really. The (filmmaking) team found people as they were driving along the roads, going into bars, different locations…. There they were. The people told their stories.'

A new three–to–five minute Interview episode will debut every three days for a year.

(30 May 30 2009)

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actuality • American dreamAmerican life • Austin Lynch • David Lynchdocumentarydocumentary seriesinterview • Interview Project • Jason S • mini-documentaries • mini-portraits • personal narrativepersonal significanceportraitshort documentaryshort subjects • shortfilm • social historysocial realitystrangerstheir stories • vox pop

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
19 FEBRUARY 2011

Maysles Brothers: Salesman (1968)

"A landmark American documentary, Salesman captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door–to–door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold–embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses–then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real–life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair."

(mubi.com)

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1968Albert Maysles • all-American • American dreamAmerican lifeBiblebygone era • Charles McDevitt • Charlotte Zwerinconstructed realityDavid Maysles • Death of a Salesman • desperationdirect cinemadocumentary filmdocumentary truth • door-to-door salesman • emotive manipulationethicseverydayfilm • Good Book • hype • James Baker • landmarkMaysles Brothers • Paul Brennan • profilmic • Raymond Martos • realreal-lifesales and profitSalesman (1968) • salesmen • salespeoplesocial realismsocial realitytruth • Willy Loman

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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