I wanted to take a second to let you all know about a new project I’ve been working on, or rather helping out with, by doing some PR, consulting and web design. It’s a project started by our very own, Scott Dunlop (aka, Scotty D.), and it’s something I couldn’t be more proud of.
He’s started a company, Root Cellar Productions, that focuses on making documentaries for everyday folks.
If you think about the fabric of our social life, it isn’t Facebook that weaves it all together. It’s oral history. It’s making stories, growing your legend and passing them along to others over a few cold cocktails. For the most part, I feel like the art of storytelling has been lost, or it’s just become bifurcated.
Never before in history have we had the tools to record every minute detail of our lives — thoughts and observations on Twitter, offbeat videos on YouTube, pictures on Facebook — and yet, what Root Cellar Productions aims to do is tie all those threads together and craft a personal story. Your story. The story of your life. No longer do we have to let our stories be lost from one generation to the next.
And believe me, if we don’t begin capturing the stories of our parents and grandparents they will be lost forever. Not a day goes by (okay slight exaggeration) when I don’t wish I knew what my grandparents were like as kids or my parents as young adults. But we’re afraid to ask and it seems like we’re afraid to share the histories and stories that make us human. That connect us together in a way no social network or technology ever could.
The reason I love this project is because everything I do, everything I believe in, the reason I wanted to become a journalist in the first place, is because I love stories. I grew up watching Charles Kuralt and was fascinated by the simple notion that everybody had a story and that it was worth telling. It’s why I ball my eyes out every morning while listening to NPR’s Storycorps.
Just watch that video of Anthony and Mary DiGivoine of Watertown, Mass. They’re from the town Scotty and I grew up in. There’s nothing exceptional about them or their lives, except to their family. But watch the documentary about their lives. It’s riveting. That video is what Root Cellar Productions is all about.
You can follow Root Cellar on Facebook and Twitter (ironically, I guess), but the best thing you could do is get in touch if you’re interesting in having a documentary made about your life or pass it along to someone who might be.