2015 ShortDocs: Studs Rules

Series produced by Third Coast International Audio Festival

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The 2015 ShortDocs Challenge, in partnership with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive at the WFMT Radio Network, invited two to three-minute long stories inspired by Stud's mighty curiosity.

"I'd say listen and wait are the two essentials, with watch and be aware a close third. A laugh can be a cry of pain, and a silence can be a shout. I think the gentlest question is the best one. And the gentlest is "And what happened then?"
-Studs Terkel on interviewing

For the 2015 ShortDocs Challenge, Third Coast partnered with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive at WFMT, and invited two to three-minute stories inspired by Stud's mighty curiosity... and following a set of rules. The story must 1) Be titled with a question starting with one of the "five Ws" 2) Containing the phrase "And what happened then?" and 3) Include a shout of silence or cry of laughter.

Third Coast received more than 150 submissions to the 2015 ShortDocs Challenge, from 12 countries. Four winners were chosen by Third Coast and Studs Terkel Archive staff, and a “People’s ShortDoc” was selected by 1,000 public votes from listeners worldwide.

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"I'd say listen and wait are the two essentials, with watch and be aware a close third. A laugh can be a cry of pain, and a silence can be a shout. I think the gentlest question is the best one. And the gentlest is "And what happened then?" -Studs Terkel on interviewingFor the 2015 ShortDocs Challenge, Third Coast partnered with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive at WFMT, and invited two to three-minute stories inspired by Stud's mighty curiosity... and following a set of rules. The story must 1) Be titled with a question starting with one of the "five Ws" 2) Containing the phrase "And what happened then?" and 3) Include a shout of silence or cry of laughter. Third Coast received more than 150 submissions to the 2015 ShortDocs Challenge, from 12 countries. Four winners were chosen by... Show full description


8 Pieces

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The producer's grandma reflects on growing old in a country that's not her home.

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A distilled conversation between Erica Jong and Studs Terkel, remixed with music.

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A working interview for a smart phone society.

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My grandparents, now in their 90s and married for nearly 70 years, tell me about when they met and give their advice on a long and happy marriage.

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A story of girls who say 'yes' that is 100% true.

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What if you could learn to stop listening to other people?

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I ask my family members if they remember what my father sounded like.

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An intimate conversation with Studs about the edges of life and death.

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