We're Pickin' Up Tennessee!
Welcome to Pickin' Up Tennessee, the first music-centered litter-awareness campaign in the Volunteer State since the popular "Tennessee Trash" public service ads of the 1970s--but with this important difference: PUTN focuses not on what makes Tennessee ugly but what makes Tennessee beautiful, from its breathtaking landscapes and rich music to its one-of-a-kind places and community-minded people.
In June 2013, the Pickin' Up Tennessee filmmaking team—Dave Porfiri and Linda Duvoisin of Chattanooga and their two daughters, Jane, 10, and Harlan, 8—traveled across Tennessee aboard the Pickin' Up Tennessee RV, filming iconic scenery, recording timeless music, visiting hidden tourism treasures, talking to interesting people and joining community volunteers in collecting and recycling roughly a ton of broken bottles, rusty cans, discarded tires and other litter. Each evening, camped in a different Tennessee state park, the team edited footage, kept blogs and posted photos to Facebook, Twitter and other social media. By the time the tour ended on June 26, the project had covered 2,800 miles, involved more than 1,500 volunteers, recorded 38 songs, generated hundreds of media stories and produced enough footage for more than 60 YouTube videos, many of them included on a soon-to-be-released DVD-CD package. To watch a 4-minute video summary of the project, click on the image-link below. To view any of the other videos, including 4 pre-tour videos, 20 daily video journals and the 38 music videos, click on The Videos or go directly to Pickin' Up Tennessee's YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/PickinUpTennessee/videos.