Bisbee Interactive Doc buzz:
About The Project:
"Bisbee" is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that explores rural transformation and reinvention in a Southwestern Borderlands community. It combines short film portraits, videos and images created by local students, historical photographs and audio recordings, data visualizations, an app that utilizes location-specific vintage imagery, and soundscapes in a multiplatform experience.
Bisbee is a former copper mining community located nine miles from the Mexican border in southeastern Arizona. The state's economic decline in 2009 was the second largest in the nation behind the state of Michigan. In 2013, Cochise County--of which Bisbee is the county seat--suffered the largest percentage of population loss of any county in the United States as people continued to move to more urban areas.
Between the 2000 and 2010 US census reports, Bisbee’s population dropped by almost 10 percent to lead the county and the city’s workforce was reduced by more than 20 percent.
This project explores the stories of the individuals who chose to stay in Bisbee and are helping to shape the future of the town and the region. Theirs are the stories of what small town America was, what it is, and what it is becoming.
"Bisbee" is very much a project for, and by, the community and provides the community and those living in the Southwestern Borderlands the opportunity to share their ideas about the viability of rural America's future and the ways in which they're addressing the challenges they face.
Project Outcome Goals:
A year after this project has launched we hope that:
- "Bisbee" has engaged users on a global level and creatively addressed rural transformation and reinvention through diverse portraits of the town's residents, community-generated content, historical imagery, and data visualizations.
- "Bisbee" continues to serve as a platform for local youth and members of the community to share their stories and content and serves as a platform towards developing connections with other rural communities.
- "Bisbee" effectively communicates the cultural, historical, and social significance of the Southwestern Borderlands and provides an in-depth understanding of the region.
Fundraising Goals And Rewards:
Help us bring this interactive documentary to life! All donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor Documentary Educational Resources. The more money we raise, the more stories we can feature and the better we can communicate the essence of life in the Southwestern Borderlands and the creative transformation and reinvention of a rural community.
We have some AMAZING rewards for donors that you won't find on any other Kickstarter!! Donors can snag signed books by acclaimed mystery author J.A. Jance, a painting by Bisbee artist Gretchen Baer, handmade Bisbee necklaces and bookmark tags, milagros, a night in the Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell, tickets to the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, and MUCH MORE!!
If you prefer not to make an online payment, you can also send a donation via check to Documentary Educational Resources with "Bisbee" in the memo.
First Tier Goal:
$25,000: With this amount of money we can pay for web design, editing, allow the programmer to start coding the interactive site, and begin to build a robust platform for the community to share their stories!
Second Tier Goal:
$30,000: With this amount of money we'd be able to cover web design, editing, complete the coding of the site, and begin to help cover the costs of sound design which is crucial to creating an immersive experience and sharing a rich story of the Southwestern Borderlands region.
Third Tier Goal:
$40,000-$50,000: This money will allow for all editing, programming and sound design to be completed, help to cover server costs, allow us to build the second phase of our app that utilizes location-specific imagery, help us to build a network for rural communities to communicate on the web and share ideas for their future, and help to cover the costs of hosting interactive screenings of the project in rural communities.
Project Advisors, Collaborators, and Supporters:
Made possible with support from the Arizona Humanities Council!
In addition to project director Allison Otto, we have a top-notch team of project advisors and collaborators that includes:
Elaine McMillion Sheldon & Jeff Soyk: the project director and architect/designer (respectively) of the Peabody-winning interactive documentary "Hollow."
Paul Espinosa: Documentary filmmaker and Professor of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.
Carrie Gustavson: Executive Director of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.
Annie Graeme Larkin: Curator of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum and 4th generation Bisbee native.
Scott McElroy: Award-winning editor and motion graphics artist.
Mark Crawford: Composer/songwriter (check out a sample of his music in our Kickstarter video!)
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for "Bisbee" is financial. We have an amazing team of talented, creative collaborators, but without proper funding it will be challenging to complete the project and allow it to be a long-term platform for the community and the Southwestern Borderlands. This is why we are hosting a Kickstarter! Become a part of our community of supporters and help us share this interactive experience with a global audience!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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