Chuck Miller in episode 16 of the 14 Miles project. Courtesy 14 Miles.

Despite how they might be labeled, people living in rural America lead complex lives and develop dynamic communities. The documentary project 14 Miles is a series of short three- to five-minute videos that aim to shine a light on some overlooked stories in the remote community of Sitka, which takes up a roughly 14-mile stretch of land in Southeast.

The 37 videos in the project’s library include a profile of a young woman’s past trauma, a behind-the-scenes look at the town thrift store, and a snapshot of community gatherings.

“It’s about what we celebrate and care about living in a small Alaska community, but it’s also about the challenges,” says Ellen Frankenstein, who led the project.

The episodes are available on 14miles.org and through video streaming platforms including Vimeo and YouTube.

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Alexander Deedy is the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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