Xpress-rated: Video sneak peek at the Aug. 20 issue

Here’s a sneak preview at what’s coming up in the Aug. 20 edition of the Mountain Xpress. Stories this week include a profile of the defenders of the downtown magnolia tree threatened by development; a look at a new Asheville business that creates video tributes to the deceased; a look at the recent raid on illegal immigrants at the Mills Manufacturing plant; and the usual assortment of columns and arts & entertainment features.

This week’s cover story focuses on the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, an ongoing study with the ambitious goal of cataloging all life forms within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Begun in 1997, the wide-ranging inventory is funded by private nonprofits and the National Park Service.

This week’s edition also includes everything you need to know about how to vote in Xpress’ popular Best of WNC balloting, which begins on Wednesday and runs through Sept. 12.

— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor





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11 thoughts on “Xpress-rated: Video sneak peek at the Aug. 20 issue

  1. Ken Hanke

    Now, if you could only fine some way to set that to “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” D.A. Pennebaker would be pleased.

  2. and before you guys get all ill with me for offering helpful criticism on your weekly cinematic opus (which I think is GREAT idea), consider this:

    You go to great lengths in your print medium to provide colorful graphics, interesting typography, and an overall highly professional experience. And, in general, the same is true of the MountainX website.

    So, why would you NOT want to do the best videos you can?


    No reason.

    Start by getting a real mike.


  3. zen

    i happen to like the homespun quality of the presentation and i think MX should buy a cheaper camera or maybe use a old-movie filter. Medium and message are sometimes intertwined and Ralph works hard on the quality of his show, but not everyone wants to look like a URTV production.

  4. Well, I don’t want to get in a debate with other non-MountainX folk over MountainX’s internal standards. But I do know those standards are and should be a lot higher and a lot more professional than shown here.

    But I love the concept … the melding of print and video, something I am doing myself.

    And, Gordon, the delivery is precisely the problem, eh? However, I would go for Zen’s old-movie filter idea. Speed it up in post slightly, go black and white, remove the audio track or just replace it with some wild piano music and we’re back to the glorious day of the golden silents.

    Or just turn production over to Ken Hanke and give him a real budget.


    sound …


    cue the midgets and elephants!

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