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Hacking Documentary: Watch Vassiliki Khonsari’s keynote from i-Docs 2016

1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a docu-game about the Iranian revolution from iNK Stories, an independent studio founded by documentary filmmaker and anthropologist Vassiliki Khonsari and gaming veteran Navid Khonsari. Named by Independent as one of the ’10 Filmmakers to watch in 2015′, Vassiliki’s keynote at i-Docs 2016 focused on the approach, production and design of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday – coined a ‘Verite …

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Explore ‘Alternate Realities’ at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016

Sheffield Doc/Fest kicks off this weekend and there’s loads on offer for those interested in the field of interactive documentary. Under the umbrella of ‘Alternate Realities’, the programme includes 14 immersive experiences in the Millennium Gallery and beyond, and 12 Virtual Reality documentaries in Site Gallery and The Space – plus talks, panels and more. To navigate through this huge offering, i’ve compiled a …

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Taking time: The relationship between time & interactive narratives

This article is an excerpt from Ben Hoguet’s book Narration Reinvented – a guide to creating, designing, producing and distributing innovative interactive narratives and transmedia works. With permission, it has been translated with from French by Jess Linington. It is worth noting a few of the examples used are French projects that may not directly translate to English. You can …

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Exploring immigration, integration & identity in Good Luck Soup interactive

Good Luck Soup is a transmedia documentary project on the journey of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians, from past to present. Created by Matthew Hashiguchi, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University, the interactive documentary weaves together individual stories from different generations in a series of seven chapters that, when viewed together, reflect …

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Precarious times and nonlinear thinking: Using i-docs to explore the temporary city

by Ella Harris Precarity seems to define the contemporary structure of feeling. From the migrant crisis, to climate change, to intensifying austerity, the precarity that has long been a recognised feature of labour economies is expanding into new arenas. This widespread precarity is impacting on the geographies we inhabit. In London there are some obvious ‘precarious urbanisms’ such as sites …

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interDocsBarcelona 2016 / 23-29 June – Interactive Pitch, online screenings and Popathon

In the first post we introduced the new edition of interDocsBarcelona and its main activity, the conference. Here we will explain the other parts of the event: the interactive pitch, Popathon, online screenings and Meeting Point. b) Interactive Pitch: a financing and promotion platform for interactive and transmedia documentary projects. The Interactive Pitch consists on a presentation of 4 interactive projects in front …

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VR stole the show at TFI Interactive

Tribeca Film Festival took place last month and along with a huge selection of traditional films, shone a light on all things interactive with Storyscapes, the interactive playground, the one-day interactive conference and the brand new VR arcade and Maker spaces. Whilst VR continues to receive a lot of attention from just about everyone, everywhere, Tribeca balanced the focus with a …

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interDocsBarcelona 2016 / 23-29 June – The conference

The nineteenth edition of DocsBarcelona will open on Wednesday 25th of May with Sonita, by the Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami. The closing will be on Sunday 29th of May with the awards ceremony. Here is a summary of the last edition (2015): interDocsBarcelona is the interactive and transmedia documentary section of DocsBarcelona, a professional meeting to understand, disseminate, create, finance and exhibit the interactive documentary. Here you …

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Do we need an i-doc sourcebook?

If you have worked in film/tv production you will know that the industry sourcebook is your bible: this is the place you go to to find where to hire your equipment, what is the date of the next film festival and how to get to the freelancers you need in your team. Now… we don’t have an i-doc sourcebook – is this a problem? …

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A Polish Journey – A web-doc about migration and its legacy

A Polish Journey, a web based documentary produced by using Klynt, is a highly poetical interactive experience exploring borders, the theme of migration and the legacy it holds for future generations. Focusing its lens on landscape, referencing the romantic poetry of Heinrich Heine and Adam Mickiewicz, documentary filmmaker and media artist Julian Konczak embarks on a journey across the frontiers …

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Qualified (Ambtítol). The university, subject of debate.

By Carles Sora and Neus Ballús In recent years, the number of people with university qualifications has been enormously increasing. In a society in which each new academic year sees more university degree holders, it is important to reflect on the role that university plays in our lives. Ambtítol is a compilation of the experiences of several former university students; …

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Reflections on the i-Docs Symposium 2016 & the short history/long future of interactive documentary

If a proof was needed that the founders of i-Docs were right to argue from the outset for an “expansive notion” of interactive documentary practice five years ago, that evidence was finally given at the i-Docs Symposium 2016. Within this broad framework,  ‘zooming in’ and ‘zooming out’ are keys to engage transdisciplinary discourse among makers and researchers on phenomena in …

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Invisible Seams – Getting behind the spectacle of the fashion industry with augmented reality

Sarah Nelson Wright, a media artist based in New York City and a professor at Marymount Manhattan College, is currently working on an augmented reality non-fictional locative project: Invisible Seams, an interactive walking tour through SoHo, uses several concepts one could summarized as “expanded documentary practices” to allow user to engage with place and history. After having discussed her ideas …

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Interactive documentary – what does it mean and why does it matter?

Having just convened our fourth i-Docs symposium, it feels like an opportune moment to reflect on what is meant by ‘interactive documentary’ and why we at i-Docs have always seen it as a way of framing a set of possibilities, as opposed to being a specific medium, genre or platform. This seems prescient in light of the ‘immersive turn’ with interactive …