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Few things can compete with the emergence of a new media practice for sheer innovation and unpredictability. Conventions, orthodoxies and routine have not yet set in. Virtually anything is possible. Consider the earliest years of film, radio and television, when media makers engaged in unparalleled levels of experimentation thanks to the absence of rules. Today,...
OpenDocLab & IDFA DocLab | Moments of Innovation

OpenDocLab & IDFA DocLab | Moments of Innovation

The Open Documentary Lab has teamed up with IDFA DocLab to create Moments of Innovation, an interactive exhibit and online research project exploring the long history of inventive documentary practices. Discover the expansive history of documentary innovation at http://momentsofinnovation.mit.edu.
Media Impact Assessment Working Group

Media Impact Assessment Working Group

With support from the Fledgling Fund, the MIT Open Documentary Lab is partnering with the Tribeca Film Institute to bring together leading social impact assessment researchers and practitioners  to examine how participatory and interactive media can be used to enhance social justice initiatives. The goal of the Media Impact Assessment Working Group is to provide...
Vivek Bald | Bengali Harlem

Vivek Bald | Bengali Harlem

Bengali Harlem is an ongoing project by filmmaker and scholar Vivek Bald using different media – web, print, and video – to document the histories of two little-known groups of early South Asian migrants to the United States. Both were groups of Muslim men, predominantly from the region of Bengal, who entered the U.S. between...
Christine Walley and Chris Boebel | Exit Zero

Christine Walley and Chris Boebel | Exit Zero

Christine Walley and Chris Boebel are working on an online interactive documentary as part of the transmedia Exit Zero Project. The project also includes an award-winning book Exit Zero: Family and Class in Post-Industrial Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and a long form documentary film Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story currently in the final stages of post-production. The interactive documentary...
Creating Critics: A Sundance-MIT-Indiewire initiative

Creating Critics: A Sundance-MIT-Indiewire initiative

    In 2013 and 2014, OpenDocLab graduate students attended the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Creating Critics program, a joint initiative between MIT and Sundance.  The students focus specifically on the New Frontier program, a program that showcases “films that expand, experiment with, and explode traditional storytelling.” This program is designed to...
REV | New Day, New Standard

REV | New Day, New Standard

New Day, New Standard, a hotline and cross-media art project that informs domestic workers about the new Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, recently received a grant from the Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund. MIT’s Center for Civic Media partnered with the New Day, New Standard team to adapt VoiP Drupal, an open-source mobile toolkit,...