About Shelbyville Multimedia

Welcome to Shelbyville

Change has come to rural Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of a shaky economy, Welcome to Shelbyville takes an intimate look at a southern town as its residents – whites and African Americans, Latinos and Somalis – grapple with their beliefs, their histories and their evolving ways of life. Welcome to Shelbyville is directed and produced by Kim Snyder and executive produced by BeCause Foundation in association with Active Voice.

Shelbyville Multimedia

Inspired by the residents of Shelbyville, Tennessee, who pushed past their fears and faced the rapid demographic change in their town, Shelbyville Multimedia provides story-based tools, events and resources to help communities become more welcoming to newcomers. Contact us to learn more about:

  • Full-length and hour-long versions of Welcome to Shelbyville by Kim A. Snyder and distributed by BeCause Foundation that can be screened in policy, faith-based and community settings.

  • Shorter “modules” – downloadable and on DVD — that use compelling storylines as training tools for service providers and community leaders

  • Embeddable webisodes that feature new footage and reveal the complex dimensions of the residents of Shelbyville.

  • Social media tools, including this interactive website and a Facebook page, to inspire broader community-building among people nation- and worldwide.

The Director/Producer

Kim A. Snyder is an award-winning filmmaker with over a dozen shorts and two feature documentaries. Welcome To Shelbyville is a recipient of a 2010 Gucci-Tribeca Documentary Fund grant, an official selection of the US State Department’s 2010 American Documentary Showcase, and will have its national broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in early 2011. Over the past four years, Kim worked together with the BeCause Foundation to direct and produce Welcome to Shelbyville (in association with Active Voice), along with its first three short documentaries, which have won numerous festival awards and been the catalyst for campaigns furthering the work of the social innovators they highlight.

To contact the director: [email protected].

Meet the Locals

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Miguel Gonzalez
Ms. Luci
Stephen Caine
Miss Marilyn
Hawo Siyad
Miss Beverly
Brian Mosely

Auto Worker, General Motors

Teacher, ESL and U.S. Civics

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church

Sunday School Teacher, Scott United Methodist Church

Worker, Tyson Foods

Caterer, Excel Catering

Reporter, Shelbyville Times-Gazette


Coming Soon...

Welcome to Shelbyville will air on ITVS’ Independent Lens on May 24, 2011 and is part of ITVS’ nationwide Community Cinema programming. Click here for information about events in your community.

Welcome to Shelbyville was part of a multicity national tour (in AL, CO, MA, MO, NC, NE, OR and TN) coordinated in partnership with Welcoming America. Click here for a listing of screening details.

Click here if you are interested in learning more about hosting your own screening.

The Team

About BeCause Foundation

BeCause Foundation ignites social change through the powerful fusion of documentary filmmaking and creative outreach and engagement projects. BeCause films tell moving stories about individuals, organizations, and communities who, with compassion and determination, are finding innovative solutions to complex social problems. By implementing engagement campaigns and coalition building around the films, BeCause Foundation helps transform solutions into broad-based movements for social change.

About Active Voice

Active Voice uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change from grassroots to grass tops. Our team of strategic communications specialists works with mediamakers, funders, advocates and thought leaders to put a human face on the issues of our times. We frame and beta-test key messages, develop national and local partnerships, plan and execute high profile, outcome-oriented events, repurpose digital content for web and viral distribution, produce ancillary and educational resources, and consult with industry and sector leaders. Since our inception in 2001, Active Voice has built a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns focusing on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and sustainability.

In the Works

    Welcome a newcomer to your dinner table. Share memories of who welcomed you when you first arrived. These are a few upcoming campaign initiatives of Shelbyville Multimedia, contact us to get involved or learn more.

Funding for the Shelbyville Multimedia Project provided by: