VIDEO: Crowdsourcing Appalachian imagery
NOTES: ‘Looking at Appalachia’ is a crowd-sourced project that aims to depict life in the 420-county Appalachian region through user-submitted photographs, in an attempt to counter the “visual narrative” imposed on the region by the War on Poverty and other sources.
LENGTH: 2 min 30 sec
SOUNDTRACK: “Against All Odds (ft. Zack Markham)” by Lucas the Flow
VIDEO: The Great Gitmo Cat Rescue
NOTES: When the Meades decided to retire from life as government contractors at the Guantanamo Naval Air Base — better known as ‘Gitmo’ — they had a problem. Well, 25 problems. What to do with their cats? A curious airlift ensued.
RELATED: Read the Gazette-Mal story that went with this video. The story won 2nd place in Feature Writing in the 2017 West Virginia Press Association awards.
SOUNDTRACK: “Expressive PHNK VP” by Lucas the Flow
LENGTH: 2 min 58 sec
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.)