Directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Interactive documentary. 30 short films. 4 hours total.
Entire video collection >> https://vimeo.com/
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.
“It was a little unsettling for me to think of this as a film that had just an end, whereas with Hollow being interactive and a new media project, it’s able to grow and change and develop in new ways. It also allowed us to bring many more voices to the table and cover a lot of issues that now the user can explore at their own interest.”
“I was interested in the whole reflexive nature that participatory media has on communities. Give someone a camera and allow them to reflect on their life, and you get this footage that is so much more raw and beautiful than if a filmmaker shot it who is worried about cinematography.”