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_Big Stories, Small Towns

Participatory documentary “Big Stories, Small Towns” is an ongoing collaboration between small town communities in Australia and the Asia Pacific and filmmakers in residence.

2008 Anna Grieve,Martin Potter
EN Visit the project

“At the heart of Big Stories is collaboration between communities and filmmakers-in-residence. Stories are made with—not about communities.”

Martin Potter, Producer, in ConnectingUp

Big Stories, Small Towns is an ongoing, online and participatory documentary series that explores community life in small towns. The project’s producer is Big Stories Co. and principal funder is Screen Australia.Filmmakers-in-residence live in a small town for several months, working with locals to capture the stories of the community. Filmmakers run workshops so local residents can contribute their own content for the Big Stories website. Photo essays, oral histories, and community-created footage populate the Big Stories website. The goal of the collaboration is to create “local stories with global impact.”

The project continues to evolve with additional towns coming alone. In 2013 the small community of Strathewen, Victoria—which was devastated by a 2009 fire storm— worked with Big Stories Co. to create community stories as a companion piece to Celeste Geer’s documentary Then The Wind Changed (2012). In late 2014 Big Stories will feature further towns from across Australia and the Asia Pacific region as part of Big Stories: Asia Pacific.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : Australia
Year : 2008
Author : Anna Grieve,Martin Potter
Team : Celeste Geer,Freerange Future,Jeni Lee,Koam Chanrasmey,Sieh Mchawala
Exhibition Venues : Adelaide Film Festival,IDFA DocLab,Sheffield Doc/Fest,Zagreb International Film Festival
Awards & Nominations : SXSW Interactive Award Winner
Funders AND Incubators : Country Arts South Australia,Cowra Council,Flinders University,Media Resource Centre,Murray Bridge Council,Port Augusta Council,Screen Australia,Screen Tasmania,South Australian Film Corporation,Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund
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