Ok, country music and me, we’re strangers. But this gem, so great it’s a live video recording of Sixteen Tons, a song about coal from Merle Travis. It’s a worthy choice to kick off 2013 and what we are exploring as the documentary progresses – the idea of The Company, and how they owned EVERYTHING.
I think this may be a record (at least for me) to develop a project and get it online. In late May, a web surfing session about something totally unrelated (photographing rivers) led me to Pennsylvania’s Coal Country viewing images of a monstrous structure, the Huber Breaker. The problem was I was viewing other people’s images. I needed a set of my own.
Several emails and text messages later, a small crew (more about us later) well suited for documenting the breaker decided to go get started. The goal: exploration, learning and contributing to its preservation using our expertise as story tellers.
So as we are cracking the champagne bottle just in time for Independence Day, stay tuned as the project evolves. Look for interviews, blog posts, video clips, eventually a short documentary series.