A digital video project seeks to show what life is like around Adams County told from myriad perspectives “We’re kind of excited about telling our stories and engaging with Adams County at large, …
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A digital video project seeks to show what life is like around Adams County told from myriad perspectives
“We’re kind of excited about telling our stories and engaging with Adams County at large, as opposed to a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis,” Jessie Jimenez, an arts volunteer coordinator with the Thornton Arts Sciences and Humanities Council. “We want people to tell their own stories and create their own videos that can really weave a narrative together and show an identity as far as Adams County is concerned. It’s so big, we are trying to build bridges between communities.”
The project is called A Day in the Life — Adams County. People are asked to take videos with digital cameras or their phones and submit them to the group. They’ve created an upload site to collect and will post them to the arts group web site and to their “Artsthornton” Instagram account.
“Ideally, what we want to see is people of different generations uploading videos,” he said. “We’d love to be able to show how Adams County has changed and grown but also start a dialogue about what people want to see. We want this to almost be a working time capsule where people can constantly add to this story.”
The upload site collects the uploader’s name and email address but especially where the video was taken. That way, they can be plotted on a map.
“We want people to highlight what makes their communities special so that we can really see where the crown jewels are throughout Adams County,” Jiminez said. “We really want to build partnerships and create a dialogue that really includes everyone.”
One plan is to piece the videos together into a documentary-like format.
“Hopefully, if we get enough submissions, we can have a film screening of all of the shorts and show this huge narrative of what’s going on and that Adams County is a place where things are going on and constantly growing and changing,” he said.
Jiminez said the Thornton group is working with the Adams County Creative Council to spread the word about the effort.
“They’ve given us access to their list of contacts to see who else we can get excited about this,” he said.
So far, the effort has collected three videos. Jiminez uploaded two himself, one showing children playing with goats at the Lu Murray Park and another showing a concert at Carpenter Park. A third shows an aerial view of Thornton’s City Hall.
“Mine just highlighted some of our events and what we do,” he said.
But the goal is to get beyond the official videos.
“We’re going to do video prompts for people to help encourage them and maybe get those creative juices flowing,” he said.
One prompt asks residents to upload a video talking a place that holds special memories.
“But we are hoping people will interview someone important in their life, or show us around,” Jiminez said. “Maybe they can show us their favorite burger joint, or things like that.”
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