2012 ShortDocs: Neighbor Stories

Series produced by Third Coast International Audio Festival

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The 2012 Third Coast ShortDocs each feature at least two neighbors, include both a color in the title and three consecutive seconds of "narrative silence," and last about three minutes.

For the 2012 ShortDocs Challenge, the Third Coast Festival joined forces with EveryBlock.com, an online forum for neighborly solidarity. With EveryBlock's help we came up with a set of rules, and invited anyone and everyone to produce short audio stories that followed these rules:

- Each story had to feature at least two neighbors
- Each story had to include a color in the title
- Each story had to include three consecutive seconds of " narrative silence."

In the end, ~180 stories were submitted from 21 (!) different countries. Four were chosen as the official 2012 ShortDocs, and will be presented, with producers on-hand, at the opening session of the 2012 Third Coast Conference. Listen to all (!) 2012 ShortDocs here: http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/competitions/shortdocs/2012


27 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Through their journey down Letaba road, Brandon, Keith, and Jameel quickly realise that appearances may not be the entire story and that there is m...

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:01
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In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, gentrification advances with a cautionary yellow light as a local property manger paints the town his own special hue.

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:59
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Virginia Miller and her husband Tim recount the night a tornado hit Apison, Tenn., and how it changed their relationship with their neighbors.

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:14
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Rudy has lived on this bizarre little block since 1953, before a dozen railroad tracks and nearly as many highway lanes separated it from other res...

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:55
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On one block in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, an unnamed baker whips up artisan sourdoughs to sell to his neighbors.

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
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A simple scene of sharing language, laughter, songs and daily chores with my neighbours in Kigali, Rwanda.

Bought by KFAI, KCUR, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
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  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 2