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After the Storm

While you might think the art of letter-writing is sliding into the past tense, imagine if you opened an envelope and out slid a stream of sound and moving pictures and still images, a mix of meteorology, webGL, tree rings.

This is a story about the markers that divide the way things were and the way things will be. An argument, or a death, a birth or some wanton act of nature, these are all moments that separate ‘before’ from ‘after’. Andy and his wife Rashmi lived through such a moment on April 27th, 2011, when a tornado touched down on their home city of Tuscaloosa, killing and injuring and destroying, and drawing markers for thousands.

Commissioned by ITVS (hats off to the amazing Cathy Fischer) and released through a partnership between Independent Lens and The Washington Past with generous funding from the MacArthur Foundation, After the Storm is a child of convergence, toddling around in a new landscape where formerly disparate media such as print journalism, television, radio, documentary filmmaking are all creating content for the same digital space. Film and code, sound and image, have all become inseparable.

Project details

Year of development :2015
Created by:Andrew Beck, Alex Wittholz & Michael Robbins
With:Independent Lens & The Washington Post
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