CHECK OUT THE NEW PROJECT IN PROCESS BY SOME FOLKS FROM THE UNIONDOCS FAMILY!
…AND GET INVOLVED IF YOU CAN!
Dear friends, Pills
As some of you may have heard, we’ve been hard at work collecting stories and images of streets named Main across the country. Our project, Mapping Main Street, is an experiment in collaborative documentary media, and we hope that you’ll participate and collaborate with us!
It all began last fall when “Main Street” became the political buzzword of the moment. We felt that when politicians and the media mentioned Main Street, they implied a singular place and culture. Against this reductive rhetoric, we pummeled Google with almost a million queries, and found that there are actually 10,466 streets named Main in the United States.
The goal of Mapping Main Street is to document every one of these streets. We started exploring Main Streets this summer, and it’s been an interesting adventure so far—from the discovery of autographed photos of Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis in a dilapidated house in West Virginia to conversations with a transvestite prostitute in Chattanooga and menudo Purchase breakfasts on the Mexican border.
We’d love to have you collaborate in this mass documentary project by visiting one of the 10,466 Main Streets yourself and taking a photo or recording a story or video.
The only requirement for participation is that all photos, videos and interviews must be recorded on a street named Main. Take a look at the beta version of our website at purchase calanus oil http://mappingmainstreet.org Cheap . You can explore content already online and use the site to find some Main Streets in your neck of the woods. You can also receive updates by becoming a fan on facebook.
In August, two stories will air on NPR’s Weekend Edition. We’ll also feature four newly commissioned songs by Calvin Johnson, High Places, Ian Svenonius and Jason Cady. Each song will use field recordings collected on Main Streets across the country.
We’re looking forward to hearing about the Main Streets you explore. If you have any questions, just send us an email at [email protected].
See you on the road,