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Challenging climate change: The power of games to fight real-world problems

In All posts, i-Docs presents, News & Events by Jess Linington

In 2007 Ken Eklund created World Without Oil, the first major alternate reality game which used a socially relevant theme to drive the story. The game sketched out the overarching conditions of a realistic oil shock, then called upon players to imagine and document their lives under those conditions. Compelling player stories and ideas were incorporated into the official narrative …

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interDocsBarcelona 2015

In All posts, News & Events by Arnau Gifreu

interDocsBarcelona is an initiative which started in 2013 to encourage interactive and transmedia documentary as a section of DocsBarcelona International Festival. Each year DocsBarcelona gathers more than 400 professionals from over 30 countries, amongst them commissioning editors, directors, producers, film funds, distributors and sales agents, festivals, markets and cultural institutions. After the two first years of this journey hosting a …

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i-Docs presents: Ken Eklund ‘The Future is an Authentic Fiction’

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3rd June 2015 6.00PM, Watershed, Bristol  If you lived through the global oil shortage of 2007, or followed the trail of anomalies detected by Erhard Giskin, or heard one of the voicemails leaking from our possible futures (or just wish you had), this is the talk for you. Ken Eklund designs immersive play experiences about socially relevant issues, and he’ll be …

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Life on hold: Al Jazeera web documentary reflects on the Syrian refugee crisis

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Update: The second phase of this project launches today with five new people, five new circumstances and personal human stories. Reem Shaddad (Al Jazeera) commented: Phase I of Life on Hold was well received and our goal of bringing attention back to the human story as opposed to focusing on numbers is our only strategy moving forward. These are stories …

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Do Not Track: the interactive documentary making me question my online privacy

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Having just finished the third episode of the personalised interactive documentary series ‘Do Not Track‘, i’m left thinking: How can something as innocuous as a Facebook ‘Like’ be responsible for building such an in-depth profile of my personality?  A collaborative production from the NFB, Arte, Upian, Do Not Track is the brain-child of Brett Gaylor, whose previous work at Mozilla – as VP of their …

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Free talk! Multi-linear documentary: tools & processes for creative practice

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6th May 2015 4.00PM, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol  Next week we are holding a free talk in the Pervasive Media Studio with Hannah Brasier. Hannah is a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication, at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a member of the nonfiction Lab. Her project-based research is developing potential models of online interactive video practice …

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Pregoneros de Medellín

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On April 16, 700 people met at the Lido Theatre in Medellin (Colombia) to celebrate the launch of Pregoneros de Medellín, an interactive web documentary about the street vendors who sing to sell their products. An audience as diverse as heterogeneous, as the soundscape of the city, let itself be seduced by  life stories of the criers; clapping, crying and laughing, …

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All things interactive at Tribeca Film Festival 2015

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Tribeca Film Festival is underway and alongside the traditional programme lies the always impressive Storyscapes and TFI Interactive which combines talks, installations and an interactive playground. To keep up with everything that took place, i’ve put together this Storify featuring top tweets, articles and pictures, as well as links to all the projects featured. When researching for this, the sheer breadth of …

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MIT public lecture: The Art, Ethics and Technology of Documentary Co-Creation (video)

In All posts, News & Events, Videos by Jess Linington

Last month MIT Open Documentary Lab convened a public lecture investigating co-creation practices within documentary. Moderated by Documentary Director and MIT Visiting Artist Kat Cizek, the panel included i-Docs co-director Mandy Rose, Andrew Lowenthal, Open Documentary Lab Fellow and Executive Director of EngageMedia and Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media and principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. If …

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i-Docs presents: Matt Adams (Blast Theory) – A Message from Karen

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29th April 2015 6.30PM, Watershed, Bristol  We’re pleased to announce that following their installation at Tribeca Storyscapes, Blast Theory’s co-founder Matt Adams will be in Bristol to talk about their latest project Karen. Blast Theory makes games, performances and installations online, on the street and on mobile. Drawing on popular culture, their work often blurs the boundaries between the real and the …

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Chinese migrant workers: Their lives & their poetry

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By Jaya Mahajan. Originally published on Factual for Asia – republished with permission.  One of the most inspiring projects that I came across during the Asian Side of the Doc during February in Xiamen was an upcoming documentary that looked at the lives of migrant workers in China, through their poetry. The subject matter and treatment of the documentary – The Verse of …

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The ethics of immersion, virtual reality & consent

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Immersing your audience in hyper-real situations, whether within an immersive theatre setting or a virtual reality experience can evoke intense reactions – How do you balance the potential of these projects with the ethics? This was the question Mandy Rose put to panelists Kirsty Jennings (Blast Theory), Rik Lander (U-Soap Media) and Manuel Frutos-Perez (UWE) at the Digital Bristol session: Immersive Ethics – Dream or Nightmare? …

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Listen up! Why you should be tuning into the She Does podcast

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Following their success with interactive documentary Hollow, filmmakers Elaine Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg are now busy showcasing conversations with other women making their mark in media. The She Does podcast, which is hosted by the pair, looks to go beyond guests’ current career status and “explore each woman’s past to understand how their personality, background and philosophy informs their work. Writers, producers, directors, …