Announcements
OpenDocLab awarded a grant to study the intersection of New Documentary forms and Digital Journalism

OpenDocLab awarded a grant to study the intersection of New Documentary forms and Digital Journalism

The MIT Open Documentary Lab received a grant this Fall for $175k from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to map and assess the intersection of new documentary forms and digital journalism. Professor William Uricchio and his team will chart this emerging landscape and survey the organizations and people at the forefront of this journalistic practice. They will critically assess the challenges and potentials of integrating new documentary forms...
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 of extreme audience fragmentation and increased challenges to monetizing media content. This presentation will focus...

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 http://beltmag.com/exit-zero-q-and-a/). The documentary is part of a larger transmedia project that includes a book also...
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 goal of the residency is to give a community of documentary storytellers and researchers the time and space in a...
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.
February 18 MIT OpenDocLab Talk with Bjarke Myrthu

February 18 MIT OpenDocLab Talk with Bjarke Myrthu

Please join the MIT Open Documentary Lab for a talk with Bjarke Myrthu on Tuesday, February 18. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.
February 26, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch

February 26, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch

We’re pleased to announce Paul Turano as the first speaker in the Spring 2014 MIT Open Documentary Lab’s lunch speaker series. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.  RSVP required.
11/13 OpenDocLab & The DocYard present: HOLLOW with Elaine McMillion

11/13 OpenDocLab & The DocYard present: HOLLOW with Elaine McMillion

Hollow Interactive Documentary Performance + Q&A with director Elaine McMillion Wednesday, November 13th 7:00 – 8:30pm Brattle Theatre 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA Hollow is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County, W.Va. Hollow combines video portraits, data visualizations, photography, soundscapes, community-generated content and grassroots mapping to bring these stories to life through...
MIT OpenDocLab Open House

MIT OpenDocLab Open House

Please join us for the 2013 MIT OpenDocLab Open House! Wednesday, October 30th 5:00 – 7:00 pm Reception to follow. MIT Building E14-633 Please RSVP. 5:00pm Sarah Wolozin, Director Welcome 5:10pm William Uricchio, Principal Investigator OpenDocLab Overview 5:20pm Marisa Jahn, Fellow Project NannyVan 5:30pm Andrew Lowenthal, Fellow Video for Change 5:40pm Sean Flynn, Researcher Slum Tourism and Participatory Documentary 5:50pm Karim Ben Kalifa, Fellow A Technological Face-to-Face Encounter Between Two...

Fall 2013 OpenDocLab Lunch Series

We’re pleased to announce the fall line-up of the MIT Open Documentary Lab’s lunch speaker series. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public. RSVP required.
Announcing the 2013-2014 OpenDocLab Artist and Research Affiliates

Announcing the 2013-2014 OpenDocLab Artist and Research Affiliates

The MIT Open Documentary Lab is pleased to announce its artist and research affiliates for the academic year 2013-2014. By participating in Lab activities, this inaugural group of artists, journalists, scholars, and technologists will explore the potential of new technologies as they collaborate with MIT researchers to shape the storytelling practices of the future.   Katerina Cizek Visiting Artist Sponsored by the MIT Visiting Artists Program Director of the National...
The OpenDocLab is the recipient of an NEA grant!

The OpenDocLab is the recipient of an NEA grant!

The MIT Open Documentary Lab is a recipient of an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts! The grant will help the lab build a curated online database of interactive documentaries. Gathering examples of interactive documentaries from around the world, the open documentary database will be fully searchable and will include key information about projects. The database will keep pace with the rapidly growing number of interactive...