BY MARC SAVLOV, FRI., JUNE 29, 2012
If you've lived in Austin any length of time at all, chances are good that you've either been to the city's fabled Barton Springs, or, at the very least, have heard all about it. The bracing, cool waters have been a part of – and in many ways the heart of – Austin since, well, before Austin even existed. As befits such a sacred watering hole, the Springs (and the politics that surround and occasionally threaten them) have been well documented in films such as Laura Dunn's The Unforeseen. But movies, and especially documentary films, have a shelf life. They're made, they screen from time to time, and then, if they're lucky, they find a spot at your local video store, passively awaiting one more audience ... of one or two people at a time.
Karen Kocher aims to change that situation forever. The University of Texas lecturer and interactive media producer/filmmaker is currently at work on Living Springs, an "interactive documentary" that will include not only a wealth of up-to-date information about the history, ecosystem, and literal life and times of Barton Springs, but also footage and photographs culled from the community-at-large. Remember those reels of Super 8 footage your parents took of their Barton Springs splash time back in 1965? Find 'em. Dust 'em off. And send them to the Living Springs project....'
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