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Our Street Stories project is a neighborhood focused storytelling initiative. We embed ourselves in the neighborhood by renting a storefront in the heart of the community and open what we call a "Story Gallery". Part coffee shop, living room and art gallery we use this location to help meet individuals and source/share stories. It was here that we met Frank Rhodes a former professional boxer who quietly trains the next generation of fighters in the basement of the local rec center.
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Chris, a native of Cincinnati, OH, while working in restaurant management had a revelation to quit his job (several jobs in fact before it stuck) and pursue what truly made him happy. For him that meant dedicating himself to filmmaking, journalism and above all storytelling. While he knew he wanted to focus on documentary as an art, he had no idea where that desire would lead. After co-founding the non-profit Cincy Stories, he realized how his love of true stories could be utilized in practical ways to improve his city. A few short documentaries about local residents turned into a large scale multimedia project and that turned into multiple large scale projects, a weekly radio show and a much happier and fulfilled Chris. Now, in addition to his passion for all things storytelling, he has a new passion for giving a voice to those whose experiences are often overlooked in his community and creating new ways to activate those stories for real change. His work with Cincy Stories has gained him nine regional Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. more...