Wild and wonderful though it may be, West Virginia continues to wrestle with its fair share of challenges. Sen. Joe Manchin III wants to help shine a light on what life is like in the Mountain State by hosting a screening of “Hollow” (that’s “holler” to you and me, Russ), a cinematic labor of love released last year.
The “interactive documentary,” which continues to foster community building across the social media sphere , will be shown on July 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center. Those interested in attending should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Filmmaker and West Virginia native Elaine Sheldon McMillion is expected to participate in a discussion about her attempt at getting up close and personal with the community in economically depressed McDowell County.
Topical snippets — including a dizzying spin through a county fair — are available for viewing via Vimeo.
Meanwhile, McMillion has been urging social media users to collectively reminisce by flooding Instagram with pics tagged #hollerhome. Contributions to the 1,000-plus image gallery run the gamut, including expressions of appreciation for:
(Whatsamatta? You chicken?)
The circle of life
(Spoiler: Hunters always win.) Calling it a day
(Mother Nature knows how to make a statement.)
(Take me home!)
And, from the looks of it, possessed house pets
(The power of Christ compels you!)
Get the full flavor of the West Virginia experience next week.