For the 2004 ShortDocs Challenge, we asked producers to submit ideas for stories about "darkness."
We received 120 proposals from the U.S. and far beyond, and commissioned four stories that tackled darkness from all a variety of angles. These were presented in the opening session of the 2004 Third Coast Conference.
Presenting the 2004 TCF ShortDocs: Stories About Darkness is moderated by Jay Allison, and features producers Adam Burke, Jude Fletcher, Hugh Levinson, and Rick Moody.
Adam Burke is an independent audio producer. He lives in a tiny rural Colorado town, and roams the world recording sound and producer stories and news features. His work has aired on NPR, APM and BBC programs.
Jude Fletcher began her radio career as a DJ and Assistant Music Director at KUSF 90.7 FM, an alternative music station in San Francisco. She also produced and moderated a weekly call-in show featuring nationally known artists, musicians and writers. Fletcher is currently an environmental reporter with KPFA 94.1 FM. She produces independent features, and was recently a finalist for a 2004 NFCB Golden Reel Award.
Hugh Levinson is a senior producer with BBC Current Affairs Radio. He has produced many editions of BBC Radio 4's international current affairs series Crossing Continents, and documentaries on subjects as diverse as anthropology, homeopathy, and sleight-of-hand. Levinson’s work has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and the BBC World Service. He won the UK Amnesty International Radio Award in 2002 and the London Jewish Cultural Centre Media Award in 2004.
Rick Moody is the author of five novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and, most recently, a volume of essays On Celestial Music and Other Adventures in Listening. He also plays music in The Wingdale Community Singers, whose third album "Night, Sleep, Death" was just released by Blue Chopsticks Recordings.
Jay Allison is one of public radio's most accomplished producers. Over the last 30 years, he has independently produced hundreds of documentaries and features for radio and television, and has won virtually every major industry award, including six Peabodys. He co-created the acclaimed websites Transom.org and the Public Radio Exchange. He also founded the public radio stations for Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod, where he lives. Allison is currently producing The Moth Radio Hour.