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Social Distance

Paul Thompson

We are living through a very strange moment in our history. The spread of COVID-19 through the United States and, indeed, the world, has fundamentally changed the way we live our lives. In mid-March 2020, we saw rapid and significant actions taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Governors issues stay-at-home orders; sports leagues suspended their seasons; K-12 schools, colleges and universities began online instruction; shopping centers, malls, bars and restaurants closed their doors; some employees began working from home while others lost their jobs. In the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty, I felt compelled to document this moment in history. Naturally, social distancing protocols prevented me from going out in the world to film a documentary in the traditional sense. Instead, I recruited volunteers to participate in a crowdsourced documentary about how the pandemic is disrupting the lives of ordinary people, and how they are coping. This film is a collection of their stories.

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