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_docubase Beta launches at IDFA

_docubase Beta launches at IDFA

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. IDFA attendees can immerse themselves in the many innovative moments of documentary history at the project’s festival exhibit space, De Brakke Grond:      Venue: De...
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

Exit Zero is a feature-length documentary film that tells a personal story of the lasting social and environmental impacts of “deindustrialization” and the key role it has played in expanding class inequalities in the United States. Interweaving home movies, found footage, and a first person narrative, the film traces the stories of multiple generations of...
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...