Atlanta Explorer – Interactive City Virtualization

December 19, 2014

I was fortunate to work on this video about a team at Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship that is building a virtualization of 1930 Atlanta.  It’s like a Google Maps interface for the city as it existed 84 years ago, with the added feature that all the buildings will eventually be clickable, revealing all sorts of metadata and media about locations.  As geographer Michael Page notes in the video, this project is helping to re-define how we approach urban history.


Chuck Leavell performs “Honky Tonk Women” with Gov. Sonny Perdue on cowbell

June 1, 2013

About five years ago, my friends at Hibbotte and I filmed a show by my father-in-law Chuck Leavell at a beautiful old theater in Hawkinsville, Georgia.  For the song “Honky Tonk Women,” Chuck was joined onstage by the sitting Governor Sonny Perdue, who agreed to play cowbell on the song.  As you can tell from the video below, the Governor’s cowbell skills are not exactly top notch.  The footage from this concert was never posted and, like a lot of other stuff that I shoot, the video was put on a hard drive in a closet and basically forgotten about.

A couple months ago, my friend and 11Alive reporter Doug Richards contacted me because he was working on a story about Chuck on the road with the Rolling Stones for the band’s 50th anniversary tour. Doug remembered me mentioning the infamous cowbell performance a couple years before and wondered whether he could use this footage in his story.  I said it was fine with me, as long as he cleared the use of it with both Chuck and Sonny, which he did.  This past week, Doug’s story aired, and, as you can tell, the Perdue angle was a big part of it. So, for those that might be interested, here is the entirety of the “Honky Tonk Women” video with Gov. Perdue’s cowbell accompaniment in full effect.

MARBL’s Randy Gue discusses 1878 and 1928 Atlanta maps

August 30, 2012

As I mentioned in a previous post, Emory’s MARBL is providing online access to a variety of historical maps of Atlanta.  In addition, the Digital Scholarship Commons at Emory is working to produce an interactive map of 1930 Atlanta that will allow any type of data to be plotted, including the name, race, and gender of homeowners and detailed information about infrastructure at specific points, like whether a specific property had access to running water and electricity.  As the project site states, “this combination of GIS technology and unique datasets will change the way Jim Crow Atlanta is studied.”

In this video, MARBL curator Randy Gue discusses maps of Atlanta from 1878 and 1928 and how Emory is providing online access to these maps and beginning to build out the interactive map of 1930 Atlanta.

Dr. Ron Schuchard discusses unique Yeats volume from Emory’s MARBL collection

April 23, 2012

Gainey on Christmas

December 22, 2011

Dr. Bethune Workman discusses the modern workplace, part 1

November 26, 2011

After a long year of delivering history lectures on Mississippi riverboats, Dr. Bethune Workman has returned to Atlanta to launch a ten part video series about the intricacies of the modern workplace.

Map of 4th Ward from 1878

August 26, 2011

My colleague Kathy Hayes and I worked with some of Emory’s library staff to put a collection of Atlanta maps from an 1878 atlas up onto Emory’s new digital gallery.  Check out this map of the 4th Ward.  While many of the streets have different names today, it’s interesting to note how much is still intact over 130 years later, including Irwin and Randolph streets and the rail line that now forms the Beltline.  There are currently 176 maps from the MARBL collection up on the Emory digital gallery, and many more will be added in the coming months.

Camera phone footage of gloATL’s “Liquid Culture” performance in Little Five Points

August 12, 2011

On July 15, gloATL held the third performance in their “Liquid Culture” series in front of and sometimes within the storefronts of Little Five Points.  Several local writers wrote articles that focused on the Little Five Points performance, especially because a bystander in a day-glow yellow vest, who was presumably pretty drunk, continually tried to upstage and interrupt the dancers with his own form of street dancing and chanting.  While I certainly don’t condone the sexually aggressive taunts he made to some of the dancers, I found it interesting that his interruption of the performance and the subsequent attempts by friends of gloATL to cordon this man off became the performance itself.

Gainey on the rush of Spring and the Cherokee Rose

May 3, 2011

In this segment, the master garden designer Ryan Gainey discusses the rush of Spring and the legend of the Cherokee Rose.  To view the video in a larger size, click here.

This video was co-edited by Sonal Nalkur.  Sonal and I both work at Emory’s Center for Interactive Teaching

“VMC vs. the Radio Star” screening at ATL Film Fest

May 2, 2011

I’m delighted that my short documentary “VMC vs. the Radio Star” is screening as part of the Documentary Shorts 2 program of this year’s Atlanta Film Festival this Wednesday night at 9:45 at the Landmark Midtown Theater.  If you can, come check the VMC film out on the big screen, along with some other great short docs.  If you can’t make it, here it is again: