2012 ShortDocs: Neighbor Stories

Series produced by Third Coast International Audio Festival

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The 2012 Third Coast ShortDocs each feature at least two neighbors, include both a color in the title and three consecutive seconds of "narrative silence," and last about three minutes.

For the 2012 ShortDocs Challenge, the Third Coast Festival joined forces with EveryBlock.com, an online forum for neighborly solidarity. With EveryBlock's help we came up with a set of rules, and invited anyone and everyone to produce short audio stories that followed these rules:

- Each story had to feature at least two neighbors
- Each story had to include a color in the title
- Each story had to include three consecutive seconds of " narrative silence."

In the end, ~180 stories were submitted from 21 (!) different countries. Four were chosen as the official 2012 ShortDocs, and will be presented, with producers on-hand, at the opening session of the 2012 Third Coast Conference. Listen to all (!) 2012 ShortDocs here: http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/competitions/shortdocs/2012


27 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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The familiar faces of the red, white and blue bus, whose lives I will never know.

Bought by KALW, The Story, KUT, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 5
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With the couple next door constantly fighting and my friends failed marriages in good memory I started to wonder why Sweden seems to fail in loving...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 1
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One block from my apartment sits the Capitol Pool Checkers Club where, each week, men with nicknames like the Hammer, the Pressure Man, and the Raz...

Bought by KFAI, The Story, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:32
  • Purchases: 4
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I’ve lived in Melbourne’s suburban inner west for five years, walked my street of redbricks and weatherboards every day, but never stopped to liste...

Bought by KFAI and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 2
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What happens when a skylight lets more than light into your apartment? Contains "asshole" at 00:40; "whore" at 01:19 "f" word at 00:53, 01:29, 01:38

  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:03
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Don Floyd looks back on his life of 80 years after surviving a heart attack in March of 2012.

Bought by KFAI, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:57
  • Purchases: 3
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"I'll interview you, then you interview someone else."

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:15
  • Purchases: 1
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The story of how I helped a neighbour move thousands of his tiny friends to a new home

Bought by The Story, New Hampshire Public Radio, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Hello neighbor the weather is fine outside and my old stuff is all yours all free, well, kind of.

Bought by The Story and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Under Ernie’s Free Tree neighbors and passersby pick from the free pile, the last of Ernie Winger’s possessions—recycling, laughing, crying, rememb...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Sometimes it's a blessing to have noisy neighbours.

Bought by KALW, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:58
  • Purchases: 3
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Who knew a hit and run could end in friendship?

Bought by KUT and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 2
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I live next to the Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro, North Carolina and my neighbors are the ghosts who reside there.

Bought by KFAI and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 2
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A man with a microphone meets a small town neighbor on a mission.

Bought by KFAI and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 2
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A story about a neighbour, which turns out also to be a story about another neighbour – and when all comes to all: about the narrator herself.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Residents of a quiet Santa Monica apartment building remember their neighbor, Charlie -- also known as notorious Boston crime boss James "Whitey" B...

Bought by KFAI, The Story, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:54
  • Purchases: 3
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He's not just the Santa Claus-looking guy who walks his dog every day on my street--he's Larry Bauer: carpenter, man-of-letters.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Neighbors of the Murrah Federal building recall the 1995 bombing that altered the life and culture of Oklahoma City.

Bought by KUT and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:54
  • Purchases: 2

  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 2
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A portrait of Anna, who lives one floor below me, and her hamster.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 1