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VR @ i-Docs 2016

The emergence of VR and 360 video as non-fiction platforms has been the single most dramatic development since the last i-Docs Symposium in 2014. A wave of enthusiasm and experimentation has followed the appearance of the Oculus Rift and its competitor products – with creators fascinated by the documentary potential of 360 immersion and the visceral sense of presence that …

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i-Docs 2016: Call for Participation

The CALL for PARTICIPATION is now CLOSED Following the success of the i-Docs Symposia in 2011, 2012, and 2014 we are now seeking proposals for papers, case studies and projects for i-Docs 2016. To reflect the rapid expansion and evolution of the field, and growing interest within academia and creative practice, we are expanding the Symposium to take place across …

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i-Docs 2016: First Speakers Announced

i-Docs 2016 is shaping up to be our best event yet, with three packed days of presentations, panels, hands-on workshops and discussions taking place at the Watershed in Bristol March 2nd-4th. To give you a taste of things to come, we’re excited to be able to confirm that we will be joined by keynote speakers May Abdalla and Amy Rose aka Anagram …

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Interview with Elaine McMillion – producer / director of Hollow

 Elaine McMillion on Hollow Recorded December 2012 Late last year I talked to McMillion over Skype while she made the long drive to West Virginia from her home in Boston. She talked me through how the project had evolved and described her plans for the website. Six months is a long time in the development of a project like this …

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Interactive Documentary Conference – Amsterdam – Nov 2012

There was an upbeat mood at last Sunday’s Interactive Documentary Conference, organised by Caspar Sonnen for the fifth anniversary of the IDFA new media programme Doclab. The one-day event was one element in the Expanding Documentary programme which also included a number of exhibitions and live cinema events. “How does the documentary genre connect to visual art, music or the …

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i-Docs and the BBC

I wrote this post for the Open Democracy website. It is one of a number of open letters to the incoming BBC Director General, that have been published within the OurBeeb section of the site. MR You’re a journalist; investigating the working conditions of the miners who are fuelling China’s industrial growth. You follow leads, conduct interviews in the polluted, devastated landscape of Shanxi, …

UnionDocs Collaborative Studio – Call for Applications

  The call for applications for this Autumn’s UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is now open. This is a fantastic opportunity for twelve documentarians to develop their practice in the hugely creative environment of UnionDocs, Brooklyn. I’ve curated shows at UnionDocs and run a couple of workshops with the CoLAB, and can highly recommend it. The unique programme was developed by …

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18 Days in Egypt – An interview with Jigar Mehta

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/35368376] “For the first time in history, citizens are recording an actual revolution in real time. Throughout the 18 days of the 2011 uprising—in the year since—and now—Egyptians are filming pivotal events on their cell phones, taking pictures, texting, tweeting and facebooking their extraordinary bid for freedom. Now, “18 Days in Egypt”, the collaborative documentary project, aims to capture the …

Bear 71

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/35267742] Just launched at Sundance, Bear 71 is a brilliant interactive documentary created by Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison with the NFB Digital Studio. It’s a haunting story told from the point-of-view of a female grizzly bear – Bear 71 – about humans and animals in the Banff National Park, and how animals are being devastated in that relationship. It’s about nature, technology, …

Global Lives – collective production, open video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm-VTHCPpHc&feature=relmfu]   Since 2004, getting on for a thousand filmmaker volunteers have between them recorded, translated and assembled footage following one day in the life of ten world citizens, chosen to reflect key global demographic realities. Decisions in the project are made by a collective. All the content is licensed under Creative Commons and is going to become an open archive. The …