In the late 1930s, Massachusetts flooded four towns in the central part of the state to create a reservoir for the city of Boston. More than 2,000 people lived in those towns.
Some of them are still haunted by the memory of losing their homes, so haunted that they still try to hold onto the lost communities of Dana, Prescott, Greenwich, and Enfield in whatever way they can.
X-Town was commissioned for the 2003 ShortDocs: Stories About Thirst.
In 1997, Sean Cole was hired as a newsroom intern at WBUR in Boston. For some reason, they later began paying him. He worked at the station for nine years as a producer and reporter, spending two of those years with WBUR’s award-winning documentary series Inside Out. Along the way, he has also contributed to This American Life, All Things Considered, Weekend America, and other shows. At this writing, he is a regular contributor to Marketplace. Cole also writes poems and, sometimes, bios like this one.
X-Town was presented by Sean Cole in the opening session of the 2003 Third Coast Conference - Variations on a Thirst: Introducing the 2003 Third Coast Festival ShortDocs.
Read more about and listen to all of the 2003 ShortDocs: Stories About Thirst.
Hear more audio work from Sean Cole.