Small Town, Big Century
Small Town, Big Century
Recent circumstances force Dublin, Texas, to reinvent itself or die. Your feedback could help save the town!
Recent circumstances force Dublin, Texas, to reinvent itself or die. Your feedback could help save the town! Read more
About this project
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A Revolutionary Show About Revolution
Would you like to watch a small, 20th century American town figure out how to transform itself into a sustainable town for the 21st century? Better yet, how would you like to have direct input on that town's direction? Maybe even have your ideas be IN the show as well? Here's how:
History In The Making
Several American narratives have converged on Dublin, Texas: the story of lost legacies, the conversation about the relevance of small towns, and the story of people responding once again to technological change. For the moment, Dublin is the poster child of of turn-of-the-century issues.
Right Place, Right Time
Like the photographers who captured the Great Depression on film, we've been given this brief moment in time to capture the turmoil brought on by another changing of centuries. By recording this next year of Dublin's life, we can get a sense of what it takes to move a town and its people from old to new, from fading memory to vibrant relevance for the new way of living that we are all discovering.
We jump into the story right at the moment of impact: when Dr Pepper Snapple Group ended Dublin's 120-year old claim to fame - Dublin Dr Pepper - and in so doing drowned out the tourism and draw that had been keeping the town going. A new highway project is also in the works - a loop to divert traffic around Dublin. If any town were in need of redefinition and new purpose, it's Dublin, Texas. We want to do that … and create encouragement and a road map for other small towns as well.
Success Through Experience
Hollywood cameraman Wayne Trimble (http://imdb.to/vZfaHV) is on board to help us shoot and direct! We'll have three cameras on the ground full time tracking events, discussions, and explorations. Camcorder diaries will capture more detail and insights.
What We Want
We don't just want to spend a year making a short documentary with hours of footage left on the editing room floor. We want to really capture this story thoroughly by following as many stories as possible. We want to put the stories out quickly - and on a regular basis - so you can have a say in how our town progresses and finds its new groove.
The SUPER fun part is this: we want you to participate! If you pledge at the $35 level or above, you'll be able to watch an episode of the show every 30 days. Then you'll get to give us feedback on what you're observing. You can tell us, "I think this person should do this," or, "Have you heard of this other town that's trying to do the same thing?"
The crew will review your contributions, and we'll pick the best ones to discuss on camera. Our hope is that your feedback and ideas will directly help Dublin, Texas, move solidly and well into a 21st century that thinks it can pass us by.
We would love to be over-funded so we can follow Dublin's progression well past our six-month starting tour.
What We Need
We need funding that will cover shooting for the first 6 months and provide a base for further episodes after that. This includes camera equipment, sound equipment, computer equipment, travel costs, post production, streaming services, etc.
Equally as important, though, is your participation and encouragement. Who cares what we discover if nobody's listening? And while we plan to enlighten and entertain you (a reward in and of itself), our society is now a very social one. The conversations around the show may prove to be far more important than any of us have imagined. We trust that they will.
In short - we need your help changing the world, one town at a time. It can be done. You get to help.
What You Get
Look at our reward list! Look at it.
Naturally, one of the most attractive things is getting to participate in the show like an armchair quarterback.
But check out everything else that's available. For a pledge of $75, you get the full DVD series, an extra footage DVD, an 8X10 photo of a townsperson, you get to participate in the show, and - most importantly - a thank-you note from one of our beloved citizens! Hand-written. How often do you see those nowadays? Go ahead, plan on framing it.
You want some serious swag? Throughout the show we will be:
- Using special drink coasters made by a local artisan
- Eating cheese and drinking milk from the Veldhuizen Cheese Shop
- Slicing that cheese on a cutting board made by a local artisan
- Munching on chocolates from our neighbors in Hico at Wiseman House Chocolates
- Checking out the goods at the local shops
- Sampling the sodas at Old Doc's Soda Shop
- Eating Texas BBQ at the local BBQ joint
ALL of those things start to be available at the $150 pledge level. You'll truly be participating in the show by taking home pieces of it, eating it, and maybe even visiting on location!
What's not to love?
Imagine that you'd been 20 years old when the Alamo fell and then lived to be 75. You would have been able to enjoy an ice-cold Dublin Dr Pepper in the final moments of your life while regaling your grandchildren with tales of the infamous battle. It's that old. It was a drink with superb taste and mystique. It was a Texas icon.
Unfortunately, in what has been called a "New Coke" moment for DPSG, the corporate office in Plano decided to completely end the Dublin Dr Pepper product after a 120-year run.
With that shot-heard-round-Texas (and the world), the city of Dublin found itself in a precarious position. Our main source of tourism was gone, in the slowest point of the tourist season, and there was nothing to replace it. On top of that, the state has finalized plans for a new highway loop which will divert the remaining traffic around Dublin.
But we are realizing that traffic does not determine our survivability. Opportunities beyond tourism abound. Instead of asking, "Will our small town survive?", we want to ask and explore, "How can our town - and small towns throughout America - be relevant in this new century? What do we need to do?" How can we produce, invent, re-invigorate, and create the energy, ideas, and solutions that our world needs now.
Does small town America have the desire to reinvent itself to be relevant and survive? That's what this series is about.
We didn't ask for this shock to our system. But we are embracing it. By documenting what happens in our town over the next year, we will discover together what a new approach to life looks like. And we'll create a road map for other towns who will inevitably find themselves in the same position.
Join us in our quest. Be the ball. Be the hat trick. Be the "third man". Let's change the world, one small step - one small town - at a time.
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