Video Description

This video documentary chronicles the PORTSfuture outreach process and outcomes with the goal of fostering a greater understanding of past, present, and future conditions at the PORTS site in Piketon, Ohio. The documentary shows interviews with members of the public discussing their views about the outreach engagement process as it relates to the ongoing cleanup of the PORTS site. The future potential of the PORTS site is discussed via different media formats and events.

Project Description

In cooperation and consultation with the PORTS Site Specific Advisory Board, the Voinovich School developed a video and photographic documentation of the PORTSfuture public engagement process. The primary objectives were to capture oral histories of the importance of the site to the region and to illustrate the public engagement process as it relates to the ongoing cleanup of the PORTS site. The documentary (approximately 45-minutes in length) and photographic library allows the Department of Energy to showcase this model of community participation that contributed to the end state vision process at PORTS. This visioning process included stakeholder interviews, focus groups with citizens, a four-county telephone survey, public meetings, outreach to local communities via different media formats and events, and visioning team meetings with citizens in Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto counties.

Principal Investigator Bios

Casey Hayward

Casey Hayward-Emmy Award winning filmmaker and former professor with the Ohio University’s School of Media Arts and Design. Hayward directs and produces independent documentary films in addition to teaching students the craft of visual storytelling. Hayward’s documentary films have shown at the Cannes Marché du Film, the United Nations Association Film Festival, The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and many other film festivals. A recent documentary, Plan F, received the award for best cinematography at the 2007 Oxford International Film Festival and will be distributed by Fanlight Productions, a leading distributor of films about healthcare and disabilities.