Why would anyone want a documentary? We're not talking legal documents here, such as property deeds, divorces, etc. Those require legal advice. But to document a bit of history on any level, whether personal (births, weddings, celebrations, deaths), national (elections, holidays, tragedies, celebrations), or anything in between is to help remember what is important to us. We can then keep this documentary for our family as a reminder of what has happened, share it with others as a way of connecting through common experiences, or use it as a platform to inform and solve problems.
Take geography: Most cities and states have their own flavor. Few people would mistake New York City with San Francisco, Miami with rural Kansas or Cape Cod with Tucson. The same can be said for Florida's diversity. The Tampa Bay region has Tampa, with a bustling business center, historic Ybor City, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Amalie Arena, and the Tampa Tribune; Tarpon Springs, well known for its sponge docks and Greek community; Gulfport, with an eclectically artistic community; St. Petersburg, home of the 2008 AL champion team Tampa Bay Rays, the Salvador Dali Museum, its Grand Central District, the Poynter Institute and the Tampa Bay Times.
Businesses, agencies and groups can also benefit from video and/or photo documentaries, commissioned for a specific purpose. An agency dealing with, say, health care could commission "The Faces of..." to coincide with an upcoming event. Each photo or video in the documentary could focus on a particular patient with that illness, both terminal and survivors, in his or her setting. We might see a retired firefighter standing next to a fire truck or a mother of four with her family. Each photo would have a short essay about that person. Other examples could include animal rescue groups, hospitals, domestic violence or homeless shelters, historical or art societies...the possibilities are endless.
There are also documentaries on specific issues (including the ones above). The environment (the destruction, clean-up and preservation), a specific era (Great Depression, Dust Bowl photography, wars, post-9/11), elections (both local and national)...the list is as endless as one's imagination.
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