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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
Philip Napoli, “Media Impact Assessment and Beyond: Thoughts on the Treacherous Task of Quantifying Journalistic Performance”

Philip Napoli, “Media Impact Assessment and Beyond: Thoughts on the Treacherous Task of Quantifying Journalistic Performance”

September 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm In recent years, a variety of funders have begun to invest substantially in efforts to assess the impact of media initiatives such as documentary films and journalism ventures. These efforts reflect a fundamental shift in how media performance is assessed (and whose assessments matter) in an environment...
Dox Magazine | Evolution: An Inside Look at the Open Doc Lab

Dox Magazine | Evolution: An Inside Look at the Open Doc Lab

OpenDocLab Artist-in-Residence Suvi Helminen talks with Principal Investigator William Uricchio in this Dox Magazine profile of the lab and the history of documentary’s relationship with new media technology: From a technological point of view MIT has had great impact on media history in terms of providing affordances for which type of content could be created....

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...
MIT SHASS | Open Documentary Lab puts MIT in the vanguard of new media for storytelling

MIT SHASS | Open Documentary Lab puts MIT in the vanguard of new media for storytelling

MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences profiles the OpenDocLab: “The documentary field now is like looking at the first five to eight years of television…new tools, new storytelling techniques, new participants. It’s a very exciting moment.” – William Uricchio
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...