Columbia Calling

Columbia, United States

Columbia Calling is a personalised look into the lives of individuals who witness change each and every day.

In the UK, communities are at a turn point, with cuts in jobs and services lives are changing forever. I travel abroad to discover how one communities divisions in opinion clearly show a divide. Columbia, Missouri is a University town full of students and a vibrant city centre. We meet the people who tell there story. Observing there lives in a personal manner, we get closer to how a community has changed, for the better or worse.

Columbia Calling looks at social change, something which happens over time or in an instant. A death occurs within a community and sends shockwaves throughout. A brand new charity opens and invites people through it's doors, Whether postive or negative, change can seem daunting or unexpected. The film will take an observational look into these peoples lives. Whether a veteran who served in the Gulf War sees a future in Columbia or dinner with a family at thanks giving. We identify the importance of community and it's impact on individual lives.

During our time in Columbia, we worked closely with the Police, Centro Latino, The Salvation Army and many more. We'd like to say a massive thank you and look forward to seeing you all again in November during Thanks giving.

Thank you for sharing and donating towards the project. It is important that you know where your sponsumes are going. Below is a break down of costs. If we meet our target:

  • Revisit Columbia - Following up with everyone we met during June 2012, we revisit the people who told there story during Thanks giving.
  • Post Production - We will be hiring a professional editor to deal with colour correcting, graphics and the edit.
  • The Final Screening - in June/July 2013.

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What on earth are you talking about? The city you're describing certainly isn't Columbia. We're not a ghost town--we've experienced no foreclosure crisis and our downtown has not been shuttered. We've been highlighted by CNN as one of the top recession-proof cities, we've tripled downtown residential development over the last year, and we've opened more new businesses here in the last two years than in most other cities our size. Our unemployment rate, recently the lowest in the nation, is still amazingly low in comparison to the rest of the country. You seem to be trying to fit us into some sort of preconceived notion you have about dying towns in the Midwest but you're way off base.
Hey Callum, I'm a little confused about your Columbia, Missouri ghost town story. I'm from England and have lived here for the past 7 years and I'm wondering if you've got your geography muddled up as Columbia, Missouri is far from a ghost town. It's a city of 100,000+, with 3 busy universities, a major medical industry, two huge insurance companies, a thriving art scene with more arts events than you swing a cat at, at least three major arts-related festivals - Art in the Park (, the internationally renowned True/False film festival ( and the Roots & Blues & Barbecue (, a large IBM facility, 8 major supermarkets (that I can think of), a morning and evening newspaper, two TV channels, more radio stations than I can count, and a ton of great restaurants (though sadly no chippy). We also have the LOWEST unemployment in the state of Missouri, 4.5% in April 2012 ( In 2008, the height of the global recession as you write, it was 4.2% - the second lowest in the state. Right now it's 8.2% in the UK.... So how are you defining ghost town exactly? -Diana

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Ghost Pound

£1.00 or more : Even the smallest sponsume can help! Donate a £1 and have our eternal thanks. Your name will be included on the Film Wall (more soon) at the Premier as people walk in.


Every little Helps

£3.00 or more : Even the tiniest donation can go a long way. Sponsume only £3. For this, you'll get a special mention on the muchofilms twitter page. You will also recieve discounted tickets to the Premier at a discounted rate.


Join in to Win

£6.00 or more : You'll get a massive thank you as well as recieving a tweet on the muchofilms page with a link to your project/video/site and website. You will also be entered into our draw to win 2 tickets to the screening in Winchester. (Travel expenses not covered.) If you do not win, you will recieve tickets at a discounted rate.


Reaching Out

£16.00 or more : You will recieve a free ticket to the screening in Winchester. (Travel expenses not paid) You will also be credited under 'Special Thanks to'. The film will be distributed to film festivals around the Uk and Europe. A special mention on Twitter and the website with a link to video or site. You will also recieve a wristband for one free drink (selected drink) on the night.


The Associate Club

£50.00 or more : Always wanted to be credited as an Associate Producer, nows your chance! You will be credited as an 'Associate Producer' You will recieve 2 tickets to the Premier along with two wristbands for a free drink. (Expenses not covered) (Selected drinks only.) A copy of the DVD. Inc. Postage. A tweet and link on website to video/blog/site. As well as discounted tickets to the Premier. As well as our thanks.


The Executive Club

£100.00 or more : It's almost Exclusive! You will recieve an 'Executive' credit and 3 Tickets to the Premier alongside three wristbands for 1 free drink each. (Expenses not covered).(Selected drinks only.) Film will be submitted to festivals across Uk and Europe. You will be invited along to festivals (if screened or nominated.) A copy of the DVD will be provided. Inc. Postage. Additional tickets will be sold at a discounted rate to your party. You will recieve a tweet as well as link on our website with links to your site/video/blog. Plus a massive thank you!


Official Sponsor

£250.00 or more : You will recieve an advertising slot at the beginning of the documentary for a pre made review/or ad. With your slot being two minutes in length. This will be screened prior to the premier. Promotional material can also be handed to audience members. You will recieve four tickets to the event along with four wristbands for free drinks. (Expenses not paid.)(Selected drinks only) You will recieve an executive producer credit. Ghost Town will be sent to festivals in Uk and Europe. You will recieve an invite to any festivals. You will recieve a copy of the DVD. Postage inc. Special mentions on Twitter and Website. As well as discounted tickets and our eternal gratitude. :)