ROCKVILLE – Rockville may be going national, if not statewide. The city, which is the largest incorporated municipality in Montgomery County, is being considered for inclusion in Maryland Public Television’s Our Town series. Past documentaries include Chestertown in 2009, Hagerstown in 2010, and Cumberland in 2012.
Rockville’s documentary would be a one hour special with filming done by local residents using a small broadcast-quality flip cam. Each resident will be given a specific topic assigned by MPT producers at a community forum with community leaders and residents chosen to participate in the documentary.
The project will take a year to complete and will cost $39,000, with filming estimated to take up to four months.
The premiere of Cumberland’s episode garnered 53,000 viewers.
“They’re still using it in Cumberland. One of their primary objectives of this film was economic development. If you go up to Cumberland, our one hour and eight minute documentary is on a loop at every business,” said Rick Lore, vice president of MPT.
Lore said 60 percent of the network’s viewership is from the D.C. metropolitan area, including Montgomery County and northern Virginia.
“We wanted to get down here to have a presence in the community. WETA (public television station based in Washington, D.C.) considers this their home ground but last time I checked, Montgomery County was in the state of Maryland, so we want to be down here,” Lore said.
Lore said the documentary may be offered to WETA.
If Rockville is chosen, filming may begin in late 2014 and the special would air in 2015. Bethesda and Chevy Chase are also being considered for specials.