This Can Go On Forever
Shea Shackelford and Virginia Millington


DC Listening Lounge, USA, 2010
TCF Winners
Family, First Person, Parenting
10 25


Eighteen years after Carol gave up her son for adoption, she still believed they would meet again.

She never changed her name and she never moved away. She wanted to be right where he could find her.

This Can Go On Forever won the Best Documentary: Bronze Award in the 2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. It was produced in 2009 for the DC Listening Lounge.

(total running time: 10:25)


Shea Shackelford is an independent producer in Montreal and co-founder of Big Shed, an audio and multimedia production shop. He created Place + Memory – a public media project mapping a landscape of remembered places. Shackelford is also a media educator and an annual producer-in-residence at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. When not producing his own work, he’s assisting educators, organizations, artists and other producers in using sound and storytelling to spread their own ideas. Shackelford is an alum of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Virginia Millington spent her younger days making radio in the wilds of Minneapolis, the geometric streets of Washington, DC, and the deserts of Namibia, before landing in Brooklyn. She has been an organizer and contributor to a variety of sound-and-book-related exhibitions over the last eight years, which includes stints at the Walker Art Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and any number of warehouses and empty rooms. She was an original member of the DC Listening Lounge, and currently heads the Recording & Archive department at StoryCorps.


Check out other winners of the 2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

Poke around in the Big Shed, then wander into the Place + Memory project.
Find out more about the DC Listening Lounge.


I'm grateful for my first exposure to this event/site. It's so cool!

Yes, same family as Shea. Father, actually. I'm a major fan.
Posted by Ben Shackelford from Huntsville, AL at 10/16/2010