Couple Document Year Long Trek Across U.S. Using Only Social Media and $180 (Spectacle Films, Inc.)

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Couple who traveled U.S. for one year using only social media and $180 to discuss their book and film to the Cultural Studies Club at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, 04/30/2013 7pm - 9 pm.

The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America

They spent time with artists, pig farmers, revolutionaries, waitresses, atheists, creationists, metal heads... and all points in between.

For an entire year, Shane and Amy Bugbee traveled across America with their dog, turtle, laptop, and a camera. They had no funding, no grants, and not even a credit card. They will present a sampling of their documentation of the trip -- 1000+ hours of footage, approximately 10,000 photos, and interviews which manifested into a 532 page book and 70 minute movie, "The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America" -- to the Cultural Studies Club at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Tuesday April 30th, 7pm - 9pm. They will discuss their experience of traveling a full year across America on only $180, aided by social media.

The event is free and open to the public.

Shane and Amy Bugbee present an informative, edgy, and entertaining look at the fabric of America. Their book and movie resides in a class well above the typical travel tale. Theirs was a trip that few would take on for a week let alone a year. They covered a diverse cross-section of American culture during a presidential election year focusing on topics most are taught never to discuss in polite company - Politics, Art, Religion, and Revolution. Against all odds, the duo managed to produce more than 150 short videos, over a hundred blogs, more than 1000 hours of footage, and some 10,000 photos, which manifested into a 532 page book and 70 minute movie.

They survived largely on social media, using websites such as Craigslist to find odd jobs and lodging. They fed their minds by documenting the people they encountered -- some random, some specifically targeted. On their journey they captured an America that few see and many ignore. They spent time with artists, pig farmers, revolutionaries, waitresses, atheists, creationists, metal heads... and all points in between.
The Cultural Studies Club at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education will host a multimedia presentation from Shane and Amy Bugbee, who will discuss their travels and present short videos of several interview subjects, they will also explain the events that led to such a drastic venture.

This event will be filmed by Spectacle Films, Inc. as part of their continued documenting of Countercultural Anthropology

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Appian Way, Cambridge, MA
April 30th, at 7pm

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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