Eric Byler Cinematic Journalism
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Eric Byler Cinematic Journalism
I've collected some of my favorite videos over the years since becoming a citizen journalist, combining new media and cinema.  Most of these videos were co-directed by Annabel Park (9500 Liberty, Story of America). There are hundreds more where these came from at youtube.com/storyofamerica and youtube.com/9500Libery
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"Medical desert" looms in coastal North Carolina (Belhaven part 1)

MORE at: http://www.storyofamerica.org/belhaven1 | NOTE: Vidant Health declined to be interviewed for this web series, and declined our offer to submit a statement.

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5 Hour Wait to Vote, the 21st century's most cynical election strategy?

This video shot on election day 2012 by Eric Byler, Bobby Wangerman, Annabel Park, and Michael Levin is the best documentation so far of the unfairness of long lines at the polls in urban centers.  Recently, states like Ohio, North Carolina, and Wisconsin have implemented policies designed to achieve this result.  Critics of the "long lines" electoral strategy compare it to Jim Crow practices such as poll taxes, saying that wage earners who miss time at work or have to hire child care in order to wait five or more hours to vote are facing the equivalent of a poll tax. [MORE]


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Alabama Police Chief recognized by Obama for "Apology Heard 'Round The World"

One of the great honors on our 18-month (thus far) Story of America journey was meeting Police Chief Kevin Murphy of Montgomery, AL. Recently at the White House, President Obama recognized and thanked Chief Murphy for an act of reconciliation that we documented in the video above.
 

The exchange too place at the St. Patrick’s Day reception (Murphy is Irish American), when President Obama gave Murphy a personal “thank you” for his continued efforts to improve the relationship between law officers and communities of color. [MORE]

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Moral Monday Begins: Historians Join Clergy in Civil Disobedience Protests

This video, shot in early May 2013, helped introduce the Moral Monday movement to the world. [MORE]

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Story of America: Darren's Journey

Filmed in January 2013 with Annabel Park for Story of America, this is the most compelling of our 16 videos filmed in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT.  MORE: http://www.storyofamerica.org/darren 

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Voter Fraud or Voter Suppression: Which is the Bigger Concern?

Video by Eric Byler, Annabel Park, & Michael Levin for Story of America.

Are the stories about "voter fraud" seen in conservative media outlets based on actual cases of fraud, or speculation about what could occur?

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"Stop Your Racism To Hispanics" (Liberty Wall Part 1)

In the summer and fall of 2007, Annabel Park and I were unsure what to do with the footage we had shot documenting the immigration culture war unfolding in Prince William County, VA.  We decided to try something new, an "Interactive Documentary."  This is not the first video in the series, but it is the first to go viral (150K views) and it was followed by more than 100 more videos, and the feature length film, 9500 Liberty.

The "stop your racism to Hispanics" message on the wall at 9500 Liberty Street in Manassas, Virginia was a response to Prince William County's "Immigration Resolution," which required police officers to check the immigration status of people they had probable cause to suspect were in the country illegally, after a traffic stop or other legal contact.

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Has the South Changed?

http://www.storyofamerica.org Filmed by Eric Byler & Annabel Park in March of 2013, near Selma, Alabama.

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Nokero Brings Clean Solar Light to "The Bottom Billion"

Did you know that 1.3 billion people in the world live without electricity? The majority of these households use kerosine in can for light. I am very proud of this video, which I made with Chris Franks of Starto.tv during my year in Denver. —Eric Byler

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Moral Monday 7-15: Women speak up; 101 arrested

This is one of many videos we created to document the Moral Monday movement.  On this day, 101 people were arrested, but as you can see there is a lot more to a Moral Monday action. I've compiled our best Moral Monday videos from 2013 here.

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NAACP joins GOP mayor in fight to save hospital (Belhaven part 2)

Part 2 of our "Battle for Belhaven" hospital series. More at http://www.storyofamerica.org/belhaven1

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The Price of a Life in Rural America (Belhaven part 3)

http://www.storyofamerica.org/belhaven1 The U.S. Dept. of Justice has offered mediation to Vidant Health and the North Carolina NAACP to resolve a Title 6 complaint.

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Moral March on Raleigh reaches "Higher Ground," thanks to Stevie Wonder

Of the tens of thousands of people who attended the Feb. 8, 2014 Moral March on Raleigh, who had the most fun? We may have captured that person in this video. Let us know who you think it was.

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Bank of America Spy Infiltrates 99% Protest

This video made with progressive comedian Will Rice is not journalism unless you consider The Daily Show journalism (many do).

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85-year-old Woman Fights to Preserve Her Right to Vote in Virginia

Filmed with Annabel Park for Story of America in early 2013.

MORE: http://www.storyofamerica.org/augustine_carter 

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Through our Lens: Washington Post Immigration Outlook Part 1

In late 2007, the original version of this video got 64K views.

Our series at YouTube.com/9500Liberty later became an award-winning feature-length documentary: 9500 Liberty.  

As companions to our two videos for The Washington Posts's Outlook (a Sunday opinion section), Annabel Park and I each wrote essays which you can find here

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The Difference Between You and a Corporation

Filmed in April 2011, this is my favorite of the Coffee Party videos made during the period between 9500 Liberty and Story of America.  It's a personal editorial set to the music from the Flobots' song "Handlebars."  As you can see, the perspective we offer later became a big part of our cultural and political discourse, thanks in great part to the Occupy movement. Coffee Party's 327 million Facebook impressions that year probably provided an assist.

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