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Exploring the issues and future of rural America through the eyes and ideas of those living in Southern West Virginia.
530 backers pledged $28,788 to help bring this project to life.

115% funded and exciting updates!

Thanks to 530 awesome backers we have reached and exceeded our goal! 

This has been such a fun experience sharing HOLLOW with you and we are so grateful that you believe in the project to invest your time and money into it.


Production will start tomorrow when Elaine makes the trek down to McDowell to search for a place for the team to live. Today, Eric Lovell (our digital cartographer) will be testing out the balloon mapping apparatus in his hometown of Sistersville before heading down to McDowell in June to work with residents. 

He recently made a trip up to Cleveland where he picked up the latest member of the HOLLOW team: Mr. Pepperoni. Mr. Pepperoni will assist Eric in dispensing helium for the balloon mapping...looks like they will make great co-workers!

Throughout the summer while we are filming in McDowell, our designer and programmer--Jeff Soyk and Russell Goldenberg--will be further developing user experience and the interactive website where HOLLOW will live. 

We are still accepting donations (check or credit) through our non-profit at all stages of production. So if you know someone who didn't get a chance to donate there is still an opportunity at DER's website

Stay tuned to The Washington Times: Communities who is doing a series featuring the people involved with HOLLOW. This past Friday they featured the very talented artist, Tom Acosta, who can be seen in this video I shot last August.

Make sure to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Tumblr for daily updates!

Thank you again for making this project come to life...we couldn't have done it without you!

Elaine and the HOLLOW team