2019

SOME MILLION MILES

Short documentary, 12 minutes.
Collaboration with Adam Forrester.

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Set within a rural landscape of abundant beauty and deep poverty, SOME MILLION MILES presents a meditation on loss and the search for redemption amidst systemic social and economic marginalization. Through a series of confessional vignettes, the film reconnects viewers to the stories Chico, Alice, and Misty several years after the their participation in the photo-ethnography project, GOOD BAD PEOPLE. As Chico struggles with reintegration into society following a jail sentence, Alice pursues recovery and fights for custody of her daughter while Misty rebuilds a stable life after ending an abusive relationship.

SOME MILLION MILES is co-directed by Jared Ragland and Adam Forrester and was produced with support from an Indie Grits Rural Project grant. The film is the winner of the Reel South SHORT Award at the Sidewalk Film Festival, and an Official Selection at Sidewalk Film Festival and NH Docs.

Credits:
DIRECTED BY Jared Ragland and Adam Forrester
PRODUCED BY Emily Wirt and the Indie Grits Rural Project
CINEMATOGRAPHY Adam Forrester
FIELD SOUND RECORDING Jared Ragland
EDITORS Jared Ragland and Adam Forrester
SOUND DESIGN Dan Marshall
COLOR CORRECTION Jeff Spott

Screenings:
Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, AL, August 24, 3:15pm and August 25, 4pm
NH Docs, New Haven, CT, June 1, 2019, 3:30pm
Indie Grits Film Festival, Columbia, SC, March 28, 2019, 7pm



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SOME MILLION MILES trailer.


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SOME MILLION MILES poster.


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SOME MILLION MILES press and related reading:

“Some Million Miles: A Search for Redemption,” WBHM 90.3FM.

Copes, Heith, Whitney Marsh, Fiona Brookman, Jared Ragland. “Photo-elicitation Interviews with Vulnerable Populations Practical and Ethical Considerations.” Deviant Behavior, in press.

Copes, Heith, Whitney Marsh, Jennifer Kim, Jared Ragland. “Symbolic Perceptions of Methamphetamine: Differentiating between Ice and Shake.” International Journal of Drug Policy, January 2018, Volume 51.

Copes, Heith, Jared Ragland. “Considering the Implicit Meanings in Photographs in Narrative Criminology.” Crime Media Culture, 12: 271, August 2016. DOI: 10.1177/1741659015623599

Copes, Heith. “Caught Being Stupid: The Emotional Labor of Doing Fieldwork with People Who Use Methamphetamine.” In R. Shukla and M. Boeri (Eds.). Ethnography Uncut: Narratives of Research among Hidden Populations. University of California Press, in press.

Copes, Heith. “Hvordan jeg blev taget i at vaer dum: Mit feltarbejde på Sand Mountain, Alabama” (“Caught Being Stupid: My Fieldwork on Sand Mountain, Alabama”). STOF, 28, Summer 2017. Translated into Danish by Sebastien Tutenges.

Catherine Wilkins. “Foreign Domestic: Identification and Differentiation as Pedagogical Strategy in Good Bad People.” Focal Plane, July 2016.



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