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Exploring the issues and future of rural America through the eyes and ideas of those living in Southern West Virginia.
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.

Exciting news and updates!

Posted by Elaine McMillion (Creator)

Hello backers, 

First of all, enjoy this: 

Okay now back to business...

Over the past couple of months some pretty cool awards have been announced! Check out the images and links below and thanks to everyone for your continued support of Hollow!

At this point, everyone should have received all of their rewards (with the exception of a couple screenings). If you have any questions or have not received your award please email me at

Finalist for the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam's Doc Lab

Hollow at IDFA
Hollow at IDFA

Finalist for SXSW Interactive Awards


HOLLOW is a finalist in the SXSW Interactive Awards in the "Activism" category.

Jeff Soyk and I will be attending so follow my Twitter and Instagram for updates. The winner will be announced Tuesday, March 11. 

Two Platinum Awards for Sound Design

Congrats to the team (especially to our sound designer, Billy Wirasnik, and music composer, Lee Strauss) for winning two Platinum AVA Digital Awards for Creativity (Web Video)/Original Music and Radio.

Find us in Oregon

EO Film Fest
EO Film Fest

 Hollow is featured for Eastern Oregon's Film Festival's Online Selection.

The rise of digital cinema has shown that 20th Century exhibition models are increasingly insufficient. Cinema is in constant flux, and without adapting to changes in the distribution landscape, most filmmakers cannot survive. We believe that festivals’ inclusion of online works is progressive, and vital to independent cinema. The Internet also serves as a temporary home for some of the more intimate, experimental works that move us.

Hollow's debut in Paris

FIFE (Paris, France)
FIFE (Paris, France)

Hollow was chosen for the 2014 FIFE film festival (in Paris) as part of their Web Documentary category. We're out of competition (because of English-only/no subtitles) but very honored to be selected for this French film festival!

We gave everyone a look under the hood

Guide to Making an iDoc
Guide to Making an iDoc

Curious how Hollow was made? The HOLLOW team shared our lessons learned while making an interactive documentary. Check out the two-part video series here.


I have also been invited to lead a discussion and screening at the following places this spring:

  • Davis & Elkins College 
  • iDocs Conference (Bristol, UK) 
  • Appalachian Studies Conference 
  • Alice Lloyd College 
  • Shepherdstown University 
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts 
  • iDoc Workshop (Nyon, Switzerland) 
  • Wheeling Jesuit University

As always, thank you for your support. 

Stay updated with the McDowell County community efforts here and here


Elaine & the HOLLOW team


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