VIDEO: Laotong Yoga Prison Project NOTES: Still images can tell just as a vivid a story as video. This slideshow portrays the non-profit Laotong Yoga Prison Project (www.laotongyoga.org), which brings yoga and meditation to the adult incarcerated populations across West Virginia. I joined the Laotong Prison Project board in 2016 and produced the video for the group’s 2017 fundraiser, with images drawn from a prior documentary on the project. SOUNDTRACK: “Grand Final’e” by Lucas the Flow. (I recommend having a son who is an electronic music composer, if you happen to need a lot of varied video soundtracks.)
VIDEO: The Making of an Elephant, Part 2 NOTES: It is not just that often that elephants wander about West Virginia. But where do you get one and how do you get it here? The people behind the parade that concluded the 2011 All Together Arts Week in Mercer County, West Virginia on April 3, 2011, had always dearly desired an elephant for the event. Then, they manifested one. Not without a whole lot of work. Elephants, it must be remembered, are rather on the chunky side. It was a very special elephant – and this is her story, the concluding video in a special two-part WestVirginiaVille.com video report from our Large Animal Bureau. Part 2 of a two-part series. View Part 1 here. LENGTH: 3 min 21 sec
VIDEO: How do you make an elephant — and why? NOTES: They had dreamed of an elephant for the parade that capped off All Together Arts Week in Mercer County, West Virginia. But where do you get an elephant? A group of artists and elephant enablers decided they must do what they had to do: manifest an elephant all by themselves. This special two-part video takes to the street and the elephant works of The Room Upstairs in Princeton, West Virginia, to investigate how an elephant came to walk a street in WestVirginiaVille one fine sunny Spring day in 2011. Part 1 of a two-part series. View Part 2 here. LENGTH: 3 min 5 sec
VIDEO: Bill gets ready for stand-up NOTES: Each month, Bill Lynch tries something new for his “One Month at a Time” series for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. For June 2017, he was schooling (and steeling) himself for a 5-minute stand-up comedy routine. Go for the goat joke, a colleague suggests. LENGTH: 1 min 36 sec
VIDEO: A video of an encounter with a video installation NOTES: An encounter one day in 2013 with the video installation ‘Text Rain’ at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Ky. This engrossing 1999 video installation piece using projection software is a work by Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv, installed in the elevator lobby of the Museum Hotel in downtown Louisville, Ky. The alphabet cascade of letters cleverly form lines from a poem by Evan Zimroth and the letters drop onto whatever human shape is picked up by a camera in the center of the piece. LENGTH: 2 min 31 sec SOUNDTRACK: “Hyperdrive” by Lucas the Flow
VIDEO: It’s a strawberry thing. NOTES: In this installment form the “100 Second” video series, a crash course in making chocolate-covered strawberries. Thank to shy chefette, Grace. LENGTH: 100 seconds
VIDEO: A look at why ‘Mentoring Matters’ for youth facing tough times. NOTES: A video shot and produced in association with Morgado Design for The Education Alliance, West Virginia’s premier statewide, nonprofit research and K-12 public education fund. The video profiles mentors in the Alliance’s ‘Walk the Talk’ program, who work with at-risk high school kids facing all sorts of stresses at home and in daily life. LENGTH: 5 min 38 sec
VIDEO: 9 Ways of Looking at ‘Hallelujah’ NOTES: Acclaimed metal sculptor Albert Paley’s monumental sculpture, “Hallelujah,” sprouted almost overnight (well, over the course of a weekend) in front of the Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va., in October 2009. The reaction to the 198,000-pound sculpture was immediate in a city and state where high-ticket monumental sculpture is as rare as straight roads. While fans of art and culture were happy to have this sculptural visitation from a much larger city, commentators to the local media dunned the nearly million-dollar sculpture as a rattletrap junk heap. In other words, the usual reaction to contemporary art. It is true that the sculpture, with its upward-thrusting lines, its meant-to-weather Cor-Ten steel and bronze elements going green, bears a resemblance to a wrecked interstellar rocket ship. That’s a compliment, by the way. For those of us who have come to appreciate passing it on our daily commute into town, it is a welcome bit of visual flair to an otherwise mundane cityscape. SOUNDTRACK: ” Fortune” by Lucas the Flow LENGTH: 3 min 15 sec
VIDEO:Lucas the Flow in action plus more. NOTES: An older promotional video from WVTV: WestVirginiaVille.com TV and The Web Theater, featuring some live action performances by Lucas the Flow performing a remix of Sinistarr’s remix of “Ice Black” by Bao Guido, plus “Exoplanet” by Lucas the Flow. Plus, video excerpts from TheWebTheater archives including a cameo mouth organ appearance by Lori McKinney at the Room Upstairs in Princeton, W.Va. LENGTH: 4 min 41 sec
VIDEO: Recalling 29 lost miners. NOTES: Sometimes, the simplest exposition is best. Here is a memorial slideshow to the 29 miners, ages 20 to 61, who died in the April 5, 2010, explosion at the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch Mine near Montcoal, West Virginia. This was originally produced for the Charleston Gazette in Charleston, W.Va. But every time former Massey Energy Don Blankenship, who headed Massey Energy at the time, is in the news, the video garners more viewers. LENGTH: 2 min 41 sec SOUNDTRACK: “Andante Quieto,” by the New Arts Trio from the CD “Harold Hayslett: A Musical Tribute” (cdbaby.com/hayslett).
VIDEO: An historic overview of how West Virginia’s population went from lean to not-so-lean, with a corresponding rise in chronic health issues. NOTES:“The Shape We’re In” was a powerful year-long series of articles in the Charleston Gazette by Kate Long, that delved deep into the chronic health problems in West Virginia and the many people and programs focusing on improving the shape of the state’s population. I was the video feature producer for the series. The series won the 2013 top award for public service reporting from the National Association of Health Care Journalists.