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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...
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...
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...

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...
Marisa Jahn: Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 1

Marisa Jahn: Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 1

Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media by Marisa Jahn (REV-) *    *    *    *    *    * Marisa. Artist type. Rough around the edges. Melissa. Sharp and well-read, but not an academic; well-groomed, well-poised. Lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan (a liberal and upscale neighborhood); runs a part-time design blog and is...
Notes from Sundance: "Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets"

Notes from Sundance: “Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets”

Sundance’s New Frontier hosted a panel, Beyond Butts in Seats and Tweets, How Do We Know Films Are Making a Difference? at Sundance 2014. It  prompted a lively discussion about the challenges and possibilities for filmmakers who want to measure the social impact of their films.   Below is a loose transcript of the panel and...
How Sundance's New Frontier Section Confronts Age-Old Ideas and New Questions

How Sundance’s New Frontier Section Confronts Age-Old Ideas and New Questions

by Desi Gonzalez Now in its eighth year, New Frontier is the Sundance Film Festival’s series highlighting innovation and experimentation in storytelling. For many festivalgoers, the works in the New Frontier exhibition are unfamiliar territory, ranging from participatory installations and projection mappings to performance and virtual reality. It’s also fairly young terrain for the programmers...
Brave New Story Worlds at Sundance's New Frontier

Brave New Story Worlds at Sundance’s New Frontier

This post originally appeared on indieWIRE.   Near the end of a panel discussion titled “The Story World: Creating Interactive Experiences That Work” – part of the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier program – Jonathan Harris cautioned aspiring new media storytellers to think about the tradeoff between timeliness and timelessness in their work. “Whenever you’re dealing...

Welcome Back

A quick catch up at the close of the summer from Open Doc Lab RA Julie Fischer. Last week, Comparative Media Studies – the departmental home of the Open Doc Lab here at MIT – gaveled in a new year with graduate student orientation. The incoming class of 2015 presented on their own backgrounds, bios...
Becky Hurwitz on Collaborative Storytelling

Becky Hurwitz on Collaborative Storytelling

Becky Hurwitz of MIT’s Center for Civic Media recently wrote a blog about artist Olga Nunes‘s collaborative storytelling projects. In one of these projects, Nunes asked people to contribute memories related to smell by calling a phone number and recording a message. The messages people left, in Becky’s words, were both “touching and deep” and...
Sandy Storyline wins the Tribeca Storyscapes Competition!

Sandy Storyline wins the Tribeca Storyscapes Competition!

Congratulations to the collaborative documentary Sandy Storyline, which was just awarded the top prize for transmedia storytelling at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes exhibition. Chronicling New York’s response to Hurricane Sandy, the online documentary is a collaboration between Cowbird, Housing is a Human Right, and our neighbors at the MIT Center for Civic Media. Interoccupy.net...
Should Filmmakers Learn to Code?

Should Filmmakers Learn to Code?

The MIT Open Documentary Lab teamed up with Filmmaker Magazine on The New Digital Storytelling Series, a group of interviews with leading digital storytellers, technologists and curators. This interview was previously published on FilmmakerMagazine.com and is reposted with permission. Should Filmmakers Learn to Code? by Sarah Wolozin, Director, MIT Open Documentary Lab “Do filmmakers need to...