VIDEO: Why art can’t hurt you NOTES: During All Together Arts Week in Mercer County, West Virginia, in Spring 2011, singer-songwriter Albert Frank Perrone had a few important things to say about art while painting this window of his Mercer Street building. The line on the window comes from a painting by Fred Babb. NOTE: This video was one of four finalists in the “Micro-Film” category (under five minutes) of the 2012 Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington SOUNDTRACK: Excerpt of “I’ve Got a Little Voice” by Albert Frank Perrone LENGTH: 2 min 52 sec
VIDEO: The Clementines perform Hazel Dickens’ classic song “West Virginia, My Home.” NOTES: A definite “lo-fi media” production. First-take to iPhone recording by the briefly reunited duo The Clementines, slightly touched up in Garageband, then married to a slideshow of apt imagery in FCPX. LENGTH: 4 min 18 sec
VIDEO: An ornamental operation NOTES: At The Bear Wood Company, they specialize in hand-hewn wooden images in the shape of West Virginia, often made from reclaimed wood. Three years ago, they began making ornaments in the shape of the state. They sold a few dozen. Now, they sell thousands. LENGTH: 59 seconds
VIDEO: How the Charleston Gazette-Mail won a Pulitzer. NOTES: A behind-the-scenes look at how a small newspaper in Charleston, West Virginia won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, for dogged reporting on the flood of opioids poured into West Virginia by drug companies. Co-produced by Maria Young and Douglas Imbrogno. LENGTH: 6 min 50 sec
VIDEO: A visit to Christybomb’s studio. NOTES: Christybomb is a rising young artist with shows in prestigious galleries and international exhibitions. Here’s a visit to a colorful artist’s colorful studio in Charleston, W.Va.
VIDEO: A “100 Seconds” installment that shows how to put up a Christmas tree in 100 seconds flat. NOTES: Part of the mission of the “100 Seconds” video series is to showcase videos shot using only smartphones to showcase “lo-fi media” capabilities. (Not that smartphones are all that lo-fi, these days, as they pack more computing power than the NASA computer that landed Neil Armstrong on the moon.)
VIDEO: How they grow more than just food at the Wardensville Farm Market. NOTES: The Wardensville Garden Market’s mission is not only to grow food for the sustainable agriculture movement, but to raise up local teens, as well.
VIDEO: Bill takes on the West Virginia Symphony NOTES: Charleston Gazette-Mail staffer Bill Lynch takes on a new challenge for his “One Month at a Time” series, preparing to perform with the West Virginia Symphony. Only one problem: he’d not played an instrument since he was 15 years old. He’s a lot older than that now.
VIDEO: City and rural kids write themselves a song. NOTES: This mini-doc tracks from start to finish how city kids and rural kids came together at a summer music camp at Big Ugly Community Center in Big Ugly, W.Va., (yes, that’s what it’s called), to craft an original song. With help from singer-songwriters Chuck Costa and Mira Stanley, of the award-winning group The Sea The Sea and other teachers, the summer campers wrote the music and lyrics to the songs then performed it with a little help from their friends. LENGTH: 4 min 25 sec