The Unheard Voices Project (UVP) is dedicated to collecting and recording the thoughts, feelings and stories of working people concerning their occupations and the impact of change on their lives, their occupations, and their families.
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The Unheard Voices Project (UVP) is dedicated to collecting and recording the thoughts, feelings, and stories of working people concerning the impact of change on their lives, their occupations, and their families.Our mission is to do more than document and archive video interviews with people involved in traditional workways and professions. We are seeking answers to big questions that go to the heart of human survival.In our documentaries of working communities, we look at the same concerns – How do we put food on the table? How do we have meaningful work that sustains us in body and spirit? How do we pass deep knowledge on to the next generation, whether they are fishermen or furniture-makers or farmers?And most importantly, can we use these documentaries to help people better their lives, support their families in dignity, and protect the communities they love?
Matthew Barr, Chair
Filmmaker and producer Matthew Barr created the UVP with his wife, Cornelia Wright Barr, and is the driving force behind UVP films. He is a professor of Media Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Lewis Pitts, Treasurer
A long-time advocate for civil rights and justice issues, Lewis has been involved in working to dismantle the schools-to-prison pipeline in North Carolina.
David Williams, Secretary
A long-time entrepreneur in the furniture industry, futurist, and eloquent storyteller, David brings direct experience with impact of globalization on US industry.
Cornelia W. Barr, Executive Director
With a background as writer and editor, Cornelia brings a cross-platform approach to storytelling. She assists with editing and handles fundraising and marketing.