VIDEO: So, what CAN you do with a bag of carrots in rural West Virginia?
NOTES: This video was featured in the 2016 national 100-Second Festival, showcasing short films and videos from around the world and was screened in Somerville, MA., at an Exhibition of International Super Short Films.
SOUNDTRACK: An excerpt of “Centerall” by Lucas the Flow, featuring N8. Check out the full version at soundcloud.com/the-flow
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: This Bud’s For You
NOTES: After his wife died in 2013, Bud Sears was looking to channel his energy in the community. He found a rocking thing to do.
LENGTH: 1 min 17 sec
VIDEO: Making a game of it.
NOTES: Serial inventor Aaron Simmon finally nails it with an inventive adaption of cornhole, adding extra layers and a more complex point system.
LENGTH: 2 min.
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
RELATED STORY: Bear Woods is a cool and innovative wood products company. Here is a 2017 Charleston Gazette-Mail profile of its founder, Matt Snyder.
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: One of an occasional series of videos for The Meditation Circle of Charleston.
NOTES: Enough said.
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.