Elaine McMillion presents HOLLOW; Nick DeMartino presents THEATRICS

  • September 17, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Hollow is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County, W.Va. Hollow combines video portraits, data visualizations, photography, soundscapes, community-generated content and grassroots mapping to bring these stories to life through an online experience. 

The story of McDowell County is the story of many boom-and-bust areas towns. The area has lost nearly 80 percent of its population since 1950 and continues to lose more young people every year due to a lack of economic opportunity. This rural brain drain has left many counties across the nation with an aging demographic and failing infrastructure.

Merging technology with cinema and emotional storytelling, the stories of 30 residents have been brought to life for the outside world to understand the often overlooked sector of our society. 

Elaine McMillion is an award-winning documentary storyteller based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work explores how digital platforms and participatory media can empower local communities. McMillion’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Filmmaker Magazine and Huffington Post. In the summer of 2013, McMillion one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film.


We will also be hosting Nick DeMartino who will demo THEATRICS, an interactive entertainment startup whose flagship product enables the creation of crowd-sourced online storytelling. 

The cloud-based system allows show creators to create and manage a story environment in which audience members can create characters, respond to story prompts, engage and 

share their content. Recent examples include the steampunk adventure Aurelia: 
Edge of Darkness; USA’s Psych Social Sector and “Wecome to Sanditon,” the 
sequel to the popular web series “Lizzie Bennet’s Diaries.” 


Nick DeMartino

is an LA-based media consultant who runs strategy and business development for Theatrics. He is also senior advisor to ideaBOOST, a Torontobased accelerator for media entertainment startups. He was Senior Vice  President of the American Film Institute, where he ran media/tech programs.

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  • christian svanes k.

    disappointed that i missed this, as it seems like it was a really wonderful presentation. here's the video link, for those who, like me, want to follow along: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ7SULGl--8&feature=share&list=UUUVLsUnD8oqHTg24Com4cAA

    September 24, 2013

  • Marie R.

    This was my first time attending and I'll definitely be back - stimulating presentations and a great tone set by the hosts. Thanks so much -

    September 20, 2013

  • Meenakshi T.

    A great presentation. Really enjoyed learning more about the process and impetus behind HOLLOW. Great 5 x 5 presentations as well. As always I leave Storycode Meetups inspired! Thank you Mike for the opportunity to talk about Bushwick Film Festival and our first New Media Interactive Day. I just wanted to extend a discount code on tickets to all Storycode members. The full program is here: http://bushwickfilmfestival.com/aboutschedule-program/schedule-program/

    The Discount Code is BFF50

    Tickets can be bought here: http://bushwickfilmfestival.ticketleap.com/new-media-panel/

    Thank you and hope to see you Oct 5th!

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Frank D.

    Really enjoyed last nights presentation. Thanks for another great meet-up!

    September 18, 2013

  • CC S.

    The presentation was inspiring, informative, and heartbreaking at the same time. Elaine is capturing heartbeats of American life in rural areas that mirror circumstances around the world. Setting the power of the story with community members being gently guided by expert documentarian hands equates to brilliance. Hollow leaves you wanting to learn more and igniting a call to action!

    September 18, 2013

  • Jonathan Goodman L.

    So wonderful to hear what Elaine and Nick had to share tonight! Hollow is particularly beautifully realized (and I'm looking forward to experiencing it more when things slow down slightly!). And thanks to all for the chance to share a 5X5 about the status of Reality Check Interactive...was sorry I wasn't able to stay for a drink this time, but would absolutely love to hear from anyone with thoughts, feedback, or otherwise as we build a team to build Follow the Leader's RCI version in the coming months! [masked] /[masked]

    September 18, 2013

  • Anil R.

    Would have preferred more time for Hollow which is a really cool project.
    Theatrics bends your mind in a different but good way.

    September 17, 2013

  • Joe B.

    Argh, I have to work late, not going to make it on time. Would love to see a recording, if that were available...

    September 17, 2013

    • Mike K.

      Sure thing we video archive all events on our YouTube Channel a few days after the event.

      5 · September 17, 2013

    • Joe B.

      Awesome! I'll definitely want to check it out once it's posted.

      September 17, 2013

  • Anita W.

    I'm sorry to have to cancel, but having to work late. Katie, there should be room! Enjoy

    September 17, 2013

  • katie e.

    I'm on the wait list and planning on coming by in case there are last minute cancellations or no-shows.

    September 17, 2013

  • Andrew L.

    Apologies. Have to cancel at the last minute, dealing with a sick little boy :(

    September 17, 2013

  • zeke z.

    I really want to be there and meet everyone but tickets go on sale tomorrow for a live performance aspect of my latest project and have too many details to cover. I too will check out the vid, excited to learn what everyone is working on.

    September 17, 2013

  • Jennifer M.

    Whaa! I'll be coming back from a film shoot in DC. Can't make it now. And I'm sure it's gonna be awesome. Boo!

    September 16, 2013

  • Teymour S.

    Can't wait!

    1 · September 4, 2013

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