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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.

Launch Today

Today is launch day. We have been working toward this day nonstop since last April. We were all ready and the WHOLE team pulled an all-nighter to polish and give West Virginia the best birthday gift she has received since she left stinky ole Virginia in the dust in 1863 ;)

However, we have had some unforeseen complications today with propagating our site across all areas and we have been told by our provider that some can see it and some cannot. On the positive note, we have been getting amazing response from those that can see the site, so THANK YOU for sharing it and taking the time to experience it. 

For those of you (like me) who can't see it yet, hold tight. We are told this should be resolved sooner than later. 

Despite all these complications I am immensely proud of what we have launched today. 

Today we give you a passion project that has been in the making for several years, a cutting-edge doc that involves the hardwork of an insanely dedicated and talented team, a participatory project that has been given tremendous support and love by residents and ex-pats and a long-awaited place for the stories of such amazing individuals to be shared. 

Today we give you HOLLOW

Happy 150th Birthday West Virginia.

Elaine & The Hollow Team


    1. Creator Ted Spickler on June 20, 2013

      AMAZING! I have never seen such a creative organization to a website - the combination of photos intermixed with videos, background music, dissolves, interviews, data and the direct experiences of so many folks is jaw dropping! All possible varieties of exposure to life in the county is observable from the bad to the beautiful. Makes an observer want to get up out of the chair and do something! I am so glad this project has received so much well deserved publicity; it is a breakthrough in communication that will certainly be replicated in many ways on many subjects. Congratulations on a stunning triumph!