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Documentary on McDowell County premieres this week

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WELCH, W. Va (WVVA)-- A new documentary centers around a local community. 

The makers of "Hollow, an Interactive Documentary" hope to showcase McDowell County for the world. They are premiering the documentary Thursday.

The film, which will be available online, features the problems facing the area including drugs, job loss, and housing problems.

But its makers told WVVA it's not about focusing on the negative-- their film shows how those living there are working toward a brighter future, and they hope it helps those people band together even more after its release. 

"I think a lot of people have the same initiatives that could make change there," said Project Director Elaine McMillion. "I hope that the residents see the film, see the people who are saying the same things that they think, and can get together to make a change."

To view the trailer, click here.

Saturday and Sunday, the crew will hold events in Welch and Caretta to allow McDowell County residents to view the film and share their stories:

Saturday in Welch:

McDowell County Public Library, 3-6 PM

  • Access the Hollow documentary website from computer stations
  • record memories
  • submit ideas for the future of McDowell
  • bring old photographs to scan

Martha H. Moore Riverfront Park, 7:30-11 PM

  • Record memories
  • submit ideas for the future of McDowell
  • view aerial maps and art created by the youth of McDowell
  • see nearly 30 short films featured in the Hollow Documentary
  • get a walkthrough of the Hollow documentary website
  • join the discussion about the future of McDowell
  • popcorn provided

Sunday in Caretta:

Big Creek People in Action Computer Lab, 3-6PM

  • Access the Hollow documentary website from computer stations
  • record memories
  • submit ideas for the future of McDowell
  • bring old photographs to scan

Big Creek People in Action Gymnasium

  • Record memories
  • submit ideas for the future of McDowell
  • view aerial maps and art created by the youth of McDowell
  • see nearly 30 short films featured in the Hollow Documentary
  • get a walkthrough of the Hollow documentary website
  • join the discussion about the future of McDowell
  • popcorn provided
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