i-Docs contributor and documentary maker Mandy Rose is demonstrating her latest work as part of Bristol’s Festival of Ideas.
Fifty years ago people on the streets of Paris were asked: Are you happy? in a documentary experiment with the new film technology of 1960 – hand-held sync sound. Searching for Happiness takes advantage of a new era of creative technology to ask the same question today. From Mongolia to Maharashtra, filmmakers around the world have responded to an invitation to restage those 1960 interviews. In a documentary first, producer Mandy Rose has brought those recordings together with live feeds from the web to create a documentary experience which never plays the same way twice. Searching for Happiness is a meditation on culture, values and the meaning of life. Mandy Rose will present a live demo of the project, and will be in conversation with Executive Producer Jon Dovey.
Mandy Rose is a Senior Research Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Centre University of the West of England. Her work as a documentary maker includes Meeting the Masai Mob for BBC 2. She was co-founder and producer of BBC 2′s Video Nation project and executive producer of the digital storytelling project, Capture Wales.