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Welcome to the MIT Open Documentary Lab

The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
Announcing the 2014-2015 MIT OpenDocLab Fellows

Announcing the 2014-2015 MIT OpenDocLab Fellows

The MIT Open Documentary Lab is pleased to announce its new fellows for the academic year 2014-2015.  This distinguished group of documentary storytellers and experts will be in residence at MIT to experiment with new techniques and technologies and explore new ways to tell stories, and create social impact. The...
Video Interview | Mike Robbins discusses iDoc Business Models

Video Interview | Mike Robbins discusses iDoc Business Models

The OpenDocLab team is pleased to welcome Arnau Gifreu Castells as an OpenDocLab visiting research affiliate. A Professor of Communication Studies at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Universitat de Vic (UVIC), Arnau is also a member of the i-Docs group. The Director of the UVIC_Lab, the Digital...
Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

I sat down with art director and UX (user experience) designer Jeff Soyk to discuss the design process behind Hollow, a community-based interactive documentary about rural West Virginia directed by Elaine McMillion. Hollow was recently recognized with a Peabody Award and a 3rd Prize in the multimedia category at World Press...
Latest entries

Exit Zero Kickstarter Campaign

MIT Associate Professor Chris Walley and Filmmaker Chris Boebel – Open Doc Lab affiliates who teach a documentary film class at MIT – are currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise finishing funds for their documentary film Exit Zero. (For more info, see www.exitzeroproject. org or a recent Q&A in Belt magazine...
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 4

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 4

The Research Forum is OpenDocLab’s space for researchers to voice their opinions and test new theories. As part of our mission to promote the exchange of ideas about the new arts of documentary, we hope to encourage academic discussion and debate about these emerging forms by creating a place where researchers can develop ideas and interact with the...
Liveblog: Theo Rigby on the Making of Immigrant Nation

Liveblog: Theo Rigby on the Making of Immigrant Nation

Filmmaker and photographer recently visited OpenDocLab shortly after the NYC launch of his interactive, participatory documentary Immigrant Nation. The following is a live blog of his presentation, including some documents related to the project’s design and development process. Theo Rigby: I’m a filmmaker from San Francisco. I’ve been working with immigrant and undocumented communities for...
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 3

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 3

The Research Forum is OpenDocLab’s space for researchers to voice their opinions and test new theories. As part of our mission to promote the exchange of ideas about the new arts of documentary, we hope to encourage academic discussion and debate about these emerging forms by creating a place where researchers can develop ideas and interact with the...
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 2

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 2

The Research Forum is OpenDocLab’s space for researchers to voice their opinions and test new theories. As part of our mission to promote the exchange of ideas about the new arts of documentary, we hope to encourage academic discussion and debate about these emerging forms by creating a place where researchers can develop ideas and interact with the...
Video Interview | Mike Robbins on Authorship and New Logics in Interactive Documentary

Video Interview | Mike Robbins on Authorship and New Logics in Interactive Documentary

The OpenDocLab team is pleased to welcome Arnau Gifreu Castells as an OpenDocLab visiting research affiliate. A Professor of Communication Studies at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Universitat de Vic (UVIC), Arnau is also a member of the i-Docs group. The Director of the UVIC_Lab, the Digital Content Laboratory at UVIC, he...
Video Interview | Mike Robbins defines interactive documentary

Video Interview | Mike Robbins defines interactive documentary

The OpenDocLab team is pleased to welcome Arnau Gifreu Castells as an OpenDocLab visiting research affiliate. A Professor of Communication Studies at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Universitat de Vic (UVIC), Arnau is also a member of the i-Docs group. The Director of the UVIC_Lab, the Digital Content Laboratory at UVIC, he...
Video4Change Impact Research | Andrew Lowenthal

Video4Change Impact Research | Andrew Lowenthal

OpenDocLab Fellow Andrew Lowenthal describes the origins of EngageMedia, the video4change network and his current work at the Lab. In early 2013, the Open Documentary Lab and Center for Civic Media began a collaboration with EngageMedia and the video4change network to explore the impact of Video for Change; the innovative use of video towards advocacy...
COME/IN/DOC - A new way to understand interactive documentaries

COME/IN/DOC – A new way to understand interactive documentaries

COME/IN/DOC – A new way to understand interactive documentaries There’s a growing need to understand a new formula to produce documentaries, the interactive documentaries, or webdocs. Here I introduce a new tool that can be helpful for you. This project has the support of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, i-docs, Docs Barcelona International Documentary Festival...

David Dufresne visits Open Doc Lab

David Dufresne visits ODL   Last week the Open Doc Lab was lucky enough to host an impromptu presentation with David Dufresne, creator of Fort McMoney, one of this year’s hottest interactive pieces. The project  was produced by Toxa, the National Film Board of Canada, and Arte with additional financial support from the Canada Media...
Fast Company | This Artist is Teaching Tech Execs How To Make Devices More Lovable

Fast Company | This Artist is Teaching Tech Execs How To Make Devices More Lovable

While working on his master’s thesis at the MIT Media Lab, OpenDocLab Research Affiliate Alexander Reben began developing his question-asking robot, BlabDroid.  In an article for Fast Company titled “This Artist is Teaching Tech Execs How to Make Devices More Lovable,” Josh Dzieza discusses the social, emotional, and technical implications of BlabDroid. The great paradox about...
April 15, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch with AIR's Localore

April 15, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch with AIR’s Localore

We’re pleased to invite AIR’s Localore production team to the Spring 2014 MIT Open Documentary Lab’s lunch speaker series. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.  RSVP required.