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February 7, 2016

Joe Manchin Brings the ‘Hollow’ to D.C.

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

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.

1 MINUTE IN APPALACHIA: County Fair from Hollow Interactive on 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:

Errant livestock



(Whatsamatta? You chicken?)


School pride



(Go Mountaineers!)

The circle  of life



(Spoiler: Hunters always win.)
Calling it a day



(Mother Nature knows how to make a statement.)

Country roads


(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.

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  • Cy Nout

    The ideology of liberalism is an ideology of nonsense.

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