Announcements
Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality

Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality

Our recent conference brought together scholars, technologists, and artists from around the globe to discuss the language, implications, and future of virtual reality and documentary. Watch the full livestream here. VR is capturing the imagination of documentary storytellers, journalists, artists, technologists and investors all over the world. An industry is emerging. Yet for all of its enthusiasts, VR has its skeptics. For all it is talked about, VR can be deeply...
"Walden, a game," presented by Tracy Fullerton [Feb. 9th at the Open Doc Lab]

“Walden, a game,” presented by Tracy Fullerton [Feb. 9th at the Open Doc Lab]

“Walden, a game,” presented by the game’s designer Tracy Fullerton, Director of the USC Game Innovation Lab. Walden, a game, is an experiment in play about an experiment in living, simulating Thoreau’s experience living a simplified existence as articulated in his classic book Walden. Contrary to what many believe, Thoreau was not wholly against the technological advancements of his day. He saw advancements in technology and industry as being potentially useful,...
Upcoming conference in Berlín |Feb. 6th

Upcoming conference in Berlín |Feb. 6th

OpenDocLAb Fellow, Lara Baladi will take part in Anxious to Act, part of Conversation Piece Transmediale Berlin this February. On Saturday, February 6, Baladi will participate with her project Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, in the Hybrid event, Five Years After moderated by Oliver Lerone Schultz. Following the panel, Baladi will take part in Tactical Media and the Archive, a workshop, moderated by David Garcia and Eric Kluitenberg. Under the name Conversation Piece, transmediale reboots the format of...
Storified Science and Content Retelling

Storified Science and Content Retelling

Monday, June 8, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM MIT Building 4, Room 231 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA (map) Enter MIT at 77 Mass Ave (Rogers Building), walk through lobby into the long hallway, pass through Bldg 3, Bldg 10, and into Building 4. Go up stairwell to 2nd floor and turn right, room 4-231 is just two doors away from the stairwell. On June 8th, MIT Open Documentary...
MOOC Course starts February 17: DOCUMENTARY! New Trends, New Formats

MOOC Course starts February 17: DOCUMENTARY! New Trends, New Formats

This MOOC, offered by edX and developed at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, presents the new trends and formats of 21st century audio-visual documentary including a brief historical overview. About this Course Videos will be in English and / or in Spanish. Transcripts in both languages will be provided. The assessments will be in both languages. The course starts on February 17 and lasts 8 weeks. The course, developed by Pilar Carrera and colleagues at...
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.