14 Miles: Dispatches from an Island in Alaska
14 Miles is a portrait of a time and place. The setting is Sitka, an island in the panhandle of Southeast Alaska. It is a town of less than 9000 people surrounded by mountains and ocean.
14 Miles is an experiment in short form storytelling. Departing from the long form documentary, our goal is to create new stories every month. Serious, wry, curious: we’re digging and uncovering what just might get passed by, even in an island town with only 14 miles of road from one end to the other.
Each piece will be between two and four minutes in length. The stories we want to share are local, but universal too. If 14 Miles resonates, these chapters with serious and wry moments, will come together to create a sense of place and how it connects, and at times doesn't, to the world "off the rock".
To keep up with us, do check back on this page and stay tuned for our upcoming YoutTube Channel!
We invite people to participate, to suggest stories and do this where they live.
• Episode 1: Our journey begins. What sparked us to do this?
We live in a time of dramatic change--politically, ecologically, socially, economically--changes that are well documented in the media, news, and on social media. But what do these things mean for everyday people? What do new policies, weather patterns, migration changes, gun laws, mean for smaller communities, particularly a small town in southeast Alaska and what does daily life look like now? We are digging and uncovering what just might get passed by, even on an island town with only 14 miles of road from one end to the other. Using the local stories to ask universal questions--what does it mean to live in a community? Who are our neighbors? We want to post new episodes every other week or two, exploring those questions.
• Episode 2: Giving Back
We know how the last year of climate events, elections, laws, mass acts of violence, and legislation affect the country on a large scale.
How can a short film portray another kind of story, of local connections and ways people find to give
back? Here is what we think is one example. We're curious to hear about other examples in our community and beyond.
Feedback and Ideas Welcome
We want feedback on the stories we make.
Have an idea for a short? Want to help make a 14 Miles story?
Prompted to go document similar stories in the place where you live?
Simply want to share some thoughts you had after watching our stories?
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