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.”
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.