After Forbes magazine declared Dayton, OH
, one of America's " fastest dying cities,
" a group of local media makers
created Reinvention Stories
. The interactive film/multimedia experience rolls out this month in three acts.
Makers: Women Who Make America
is a sweeping 3-hour documentary of the movement for women's equality in the last half of the twentieth century. Airing this month on US public television, it's accompanied by an online archive of videos
of interviews with individual women in leadership across a variety of fields. Leaders and activists, celebrities and pioneers, and everyday women retell the story of their awakening, organizing, and world-changing efforts.
The Perennial Plate: An American Food Trip
is an online documentary series of short videos featuring "adventurous and sustainable eating" beginning in Minnesota and continuing around the US.
The American Festivals Project
takes you along on two guys' National Geographic-funded
2008 tour of the "small, hidden, and bizarre" festivals
celebrated all over the United States. Through photos, video
, and a blog
, discover Rattlesnake Roundup
, Okie noodling
, an American Fasnacht
, the Idiotarod
, and plenty more
. [more inside]
A 1975 documentary by a young academic folklorist, exploring what it was that people were doing when they made home movies: remembering selectively, creating a "golden age." [more inside]
Whole Lotta Shakin'
- a PRI
documentary series on the history of rockabilly, hosted by Rosie Flores
Awake, My Soul
is a new documentary on Sacred Harp singing, an American musical tradition that's strange, beautiful, and very much alive. Previously discussed and beautifully explicated in this post
"In a close-knit Chesapeake Bay community, the world’s fastest muskrat skinners face off in a truly cutthroat competition at the National Outdoor Show. One lucky young lady gets to be their queen."
[Warning: Fiddle tunes!
] Muskrat Lovely
, a documentary about the conflation of the world muskrat-skinning championships
with the Miss Outdoors beauty competition. The film will air soon on the PBS program
Catch some of the brackish flavor of the Chesapeake Bay's traditional regional culture
, including some muskrat recipes and skinning tips.
. And don't miss the link to Everything Muskrat
When Everyone Else's Party is Your Job
The 24-Hour Show is a documentary project and exhibit that offers a glimpse of Las Vegas through the eyes of the people who live and work in the city. It's based on interviews with a diverse cadré of casino and entertainment workers who have made Las Vegas home.