ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Frank's Town tells the story of Frank Springer and the town in which he served as a police officer for 35 years. In the course of a career that spanned the Great Depression, World War II, post-war corruption and the social unrest of the 60s and 70s, Frank shaped Portland in ways large and small. Through interviews with Frank and archival materials, this project hopes to present a unique look at the changing nature of Portland life and the evolution of police work over more than three decades.
But the goal of Frank's Town is more than just presenting an interesting slice of local history. At the heart of this project is the opportunity to meet a character whose anecdotes, observations and continued engagement of life at age 99 I find remarkable and inspiring. I think you'll feel that way, too.
This is a multimedia project that will use articles, audio and video podcasts and other media to share the story of Frank's Town as well as the production of the project. The core of the project is a feature-length documentary using interviews with Frank combined with archival material from the Springer family, the Portland Police Museum, Oregon Historical Society, City of Portland Archives, and other local archive sources.
For the past two months, the project has been conducting interviews with Frank, researching archival material and digitizing archival images. Over the next two months, the project will complete shooting interviews, archival material collection, editing and post-production for the feature length documentary as well as for the shorter media that make up the project.
Kickstarter funds will be used for remaining expenses related to pre-production, shooting, editing and post-production. Other expenses for which Kickstarter funds will also be used include DVD reproduction and distribution, project promotion and publicity.
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