Hollow: Our Lessons Learned, Your Guide to Producing an iDoc

Education & Training, Hollow, News and Links


Do you have questions about producing an interactive documentary? The makers behind Hollow, an award-winning interactive documentary about small-town America, are holding a live discussion to help you kick off your interactive projects in 2014.

The team will be available to answer questions about Hollow’s fundraising and community building model, as well as design and development. Come with questions and be ready to learn from the team’s successes and failures.

REMEMBER Google limits 10 people in the “room” at once. So come with questions and then let others in. The entire discussion will be posted on YouTube at 1 pm after the chat ends. After that point, you can reference it, revisit it and post it as you please!


Find us HERE on January 21, 2014 from noon to 1PM (EST).


Director and Producer – Elaine McMillion
Sound Designer – Billy Wirasnik
Technical Director and Senior Developer – Robert Hall
Art Director/Designer and Architect – Jeff Soyk


Opeyemi Olukemi – Program Associate, Digital Initiatives at Tribeca Film Institute


When we go “live” there will be a Q&A sidebar on the video. You can post your questions there OR tweet at #hollowdocchat


New York Film Festival – 2013
Camden International Film Festival – 2013
Doc Lab at International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam – 2013
Future of Storytelling (featured in the Story Arcade) – 2013


Adobe Creative Edge Award – FWA
Site of the Day – FWA
Site of the Day – CSS Design Awards
Selected for Doc Lab (Hollow was nominated as one of the top 3 projects out of 15 projects) – International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam
Research and Documentation Award – National Coal Heritage Foundation


LA Times
Huffington Post
Filmmaker Magazine
PBS Media Shift



LA Times:

Filmmaker Elaine McMillion’s project “Hollow: An Interactive Documentary” bridges that gap between the storyteller and the audience. The project is practically a living, breathing thing; viewers can subscribe for updates on individual people. Such connections create insight and understanding.

Huffington Post:

Anyone who saw promise for the future of web-based journalism after watching/reading The New York Times’ highly innovative “Snowfall,” will positively be drawn to the work produced at “Hollow.” It is next level. Maybe the most magnificently presented, web-aware journalism I’ve ever seen. But more important than the visual achievement is what it does — documenting the lives of people who live in a mostly ignored rural community, far from the traditional media bastions and bubbles.


I can say with confidence (Hollow) wins the Internet for 2013.Beautiful documentary execution of both film and interactive. Put down the #netflix and watch this. #hollerhomeExploring the greater tensions of modern America.Everyone–historians, students, designers, developers–drop everything you’re doing and watch this interactive doc.Hollow, the story of the American 20th century; the opening interaction is worth the price of admission (free) alone.Beautifully arresting. Stereotype-busting. An interactive documentary about people and a community.Hauntingly beautiful web-based storytelling@hollowthefilm is a game changer for interactive storytelling. Stunning!

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