2003 ShortDocs Challenge: Thirst


For our inaugural ShortDocs Challenge, we invited producers to submit proposals for stories inspired by the idea of "thirst."


80 proposals were submitted, and four were chosen to be produced into the fist batch of Third Coast ShortDocs. These four were presented, with producers on-hand, at the opening session of the 2003 Third Coast Conference.

Listen to the finished pieces below.


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.

And I Walked...Stories From the Border

Much of the Sonoran desert between Tucson and Mexico is a haunting wasteland of discarded shoes, shirts, and empty plastic water jugs, discarded by desparate illegal immigrants who risk their lives as they cross the desert from Mexico into the United States in search of better-paying jobs.


As a boy, George Bien was sent thousands of miles away from Hungary to Siberia, to the notorious Gulag - the prison camp system in the Soviet Union, where millions of people perished.


Misfire is an experimental sound piece that blends 1940s Dr. Pepper radio ads, original violin music, and sounds of thirst and thirst-quenching.