My Ozarks Documentary Film Series
My Ozarks is a collection of short, intimate portraits of real people, places and experiences in the Ozarks. Our goal is to increase interest in the Ozarks and help generate economic opportunities for artisans and entrepreneurs across the region, helping rural artists and innovators earn a living without leaving the communities they love.
Episode 1: Jerica
A film by Ian McGee
Meet Jerica, a 15-year-old girl who gigs for suckers on the Current River with her dad, a tradition passed down for generations. She embraces the temporary reprieve from cell phone service and social media to connect with people in real life.
Episode 2: Camden
A film by Quinsonta Boyd and Sean Loftin
The story of the 2017 floods and what makes it worthwhile to stay and rebuild, from the perspective of a 6-year-old boy helping his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother rebuild their homes and their lives in Van Buren, Missouri.
Ozark Tourism Expansion Project
Ozark Vitality is currently seeking funding for a two-year $400,000+ project to expand regional tourism for economic resilience and provide career opportunities for media professionals and filmmakers in the Ozarks. In partnership with the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce, and with support from Missouri Humanities Council, Carter County Commissioners, and the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission, Ozark Vitality has raised $121,000 in match funding and applied to the US Economic Development Administration’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience Funding for 2017 disasters to provide the remainder of funding necessary for the project.
This project will enable Ozark Vitality to bring accomplished filmmakers into the southeast Missouri Ozarks, as part of an artist-in-residence program, to develop high quality short documentary films for the My Ozarks documentary film series. The videos in this series will generate economic opportunities for artisans and local businesses across the region by expanding the limited tourism season, by time and variety of activities, and expanding the markets for artisan goods and cultural experiences available to tourists when they come to the area.