The view from here

Potter, Martin, and Grieve, Anna (2016) The view from here. [Creative Work]

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Abstract

Big Stories, Small Towns is a participatory, multi-platform documentary project gathering small town stories of innovation and resilience and sharing them with a global audience through the www.bigstories.com.au website. The project shines a light on people who care for and create their community.

Big Stories, Small Towns is a unique model of community engagement and participation extending from the web through a number of media platforms including community based exhibitions, festival screenings and broadcast.

Filmmakers live in a small town and work with local people to bring their stories to the screen.

Since 2008, across five towns, filmmakers in residence have produced 84 documentary films and community members have produced 66 digital stories. More than 12 hours of stories are now online.

Big Stories has been internationally acclaimed as one of the 'best examples of an online documentary project in the world' (Hussain Currimbhoy, Programmer, Sheffield Doc/Fest) and 'a brilliant digital storytelling site' (Wendy Levy, ex-director, Sundance Institute).

The project won Community Champion at SXSW Interactive in 2012 and the SASA Innovation in Digital Media Award 2012. It has been finalist at the Japan Prize, Australian Web Awards and AIMIA Awards. It was showcased at both IDFA's DocLab and DocFestUK in 2009 and again in 2011 and has been featured at more than 40 festivals internationally.

Communities involved in Big Stories have embraced the project and acknowledged the positive impact it has had on their towns. We've supported local groups in addressing trauma, changing policy, archiving their history, fundraising, winning awards, having a bit of fun and most importantly sharing their experience and stories with other communities of interest.

Research Statement

Research Background Big Stories, Small Towns is a participatory, multi-platform documentary project gathering small town stories of innovation and resilience and sharing them with a global audience through the www.bigstories.com.au website. The project shines a light on people who care for and create their community. Big Stories, Small Towns is a unique model of community engagement. Professional filmmakers live in a small town and work with local people to bring their stories to the screen. "The View From Here" highlights some stories produced since Big Stories commenced in 2008.
Research Contribution Big Stories has facilitated the telling and sharing of over 400 auto-biographical narratives in Australia, Cambodia, West Papua, Malaysia and Indonesia. As of 2016, 13 towns from 5 countries have been involved in the project. Stories are held in archive at the National Film and Sound Archive in Australia and the Bophana Centre in Cambodia.
Research Significance The project has been acknowledged through public grants totalling almost $1 million including recurrent funding through Screen Australia. The project won Community Champion at the SXSW Interactive Awards, USA in 2012 and the South Australian Screen Awards Innovation in Digital Media Award 2012. It was finalist at the Japan Prize, Australian Web Awards and AIMIA Awards. It was showcased at both IDFA’s DocLab and DocFestUK in 2009 and 2011and has been featured at more than 40 festivals internationally.
Item ID: 44924
Item Type: Creative Work (Recorded/Rendered Work - Audio/visual recording - NTRO)
Media of Output: Video
Keywords: documentary; Big Stories, Small Towns; participatory media; digital storytelling; Australian stories
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Funders: Screen Australia
Projects and Grants: Signature Documentary Fund
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2017 00:04
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication @ 30%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television @ 30%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190205 Interactive Media @ 40%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8904 Media Services > 890402 Film and Video Services (excl. Animation and Computer Generated Imagery) @ 40%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8904 Media Services > 890403 Internet Broadcasting @ 40%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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