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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...
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 5

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 5

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media: Decade 1950-1960 by Arnau Gifreu Castells To formulate a relevant concept for the interactive documentary field we need to explore some aspects of the two key areas: the documentary genre and the interactive medium. This new series presents a combined, parallel, and comparative historical chronology of these areas up to the present moment of confluence. The two stories we...
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 3

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 3

The Research Forum is OpenDocLab’s space for researchers to voice their opinions and test new theories. As part of our mission to promote the exchange of ideas about the new arts of documentary, we hope to encourage academic discussion and debate about these emerging forms by creating a place where researchers can develop ideas and interact with the field. The views presented here belong to their authors and will necessarily take different forms....
Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 2

Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 2

The Research Forum is OpenDocLab’s space for researchers to voice their opinions and test new theories. As part of our mission to promote the exchange of ideas about the new arts of documentary, we hope to encourage academic discussion and debate about these emerging forms by creating a place where researchers can develop ideas and interact with the field. The views presented here belong to their authors and will necessarily take different forms....
Research Forum | Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 3

Research Forum | Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 3

Melissa: You’ve described yourself as a compulsive collaborator. I see that. Tell me more… Marisa: Well, creating a tool for a specific constituency demands working with them closely to ensure it meets their needs. And I see the process of making art as a way to share a conversation with others. What comes to mind is the philosopher Michel Serres who describes participation — and subjectivity — as a game of...
Research Forum | Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 2

Research Forum | Macaronic Dialogues and Interactive Media, Part 2

Melissa: So how do domestic workers find out about this “app”? Marisa: Good question. In New York, advocacy groups hand out this business card-sized flyer that advertises the phone number. Now, I am working as an artist in residence with The National Domestic Workers’ Alliance to produce this new app. It will be integrated into regional campaigns. But we are also co-producing what’s called “The NannyVan” — it’s this bright orange...
Documentary Object-ivity?

Documentary Object-ivity?

All documentary filmmakers are familiar with the debate over the meaning of objectivity in documentary. What about just the meaning of objects? One of the big themes at the Mozilla Festival 2012 was physical computing: turning the objects around us into digitally integrated machines, or pulling the world of the web into the physical world. Another was the move to web-native media-rich storytelling, with tools to push video into the...
Villa Victoria Documentary

Villa Victoria Documentary

First I would like to say thank you to the Civic Media group, particularly Becky and Sasha for their feedback and support. It was through them that I was extended the honor of posting my blog on the opendoc lab blog so that more people can become informed of this project. It is an attempt to do a collaboratively designed documentary. To date we have a committee of residents and...
Interview with Katerina Cizek

Interview with Katerina Cizek

Highrise filmmaker Katerina Cizek was interviewed by MIT’s Community Innovator’s Lab. Cizek commented, The democratization that has come with the Internet has changed the way we live. Documentary is about relating to the world we are in. As the world we are in changes, documentaries must also change. Check out the full interview here.
One Millionth Tower

One Millionth Tower

RSVP for the November 5th premiere of Katerina Cizek’s new documentary, One Millionth Tower. Cizek is the filmmaker behind the 2010 interactive documentary Out My Window. One Millionth Tower focuses on the community-led restoration of a high-rise apartment complex. Check out the trailer here. Posted by Katie Edgerton/MIT
Documatic

Documatic

Documatic is a free, open-source, participatory, android-based, mobile shooting assistant and pre-editor. The project is currently in a fundraising phase.
Bridge the Gulf

Bridge the Gulf

Bridge the Gulf is a storytelling initiative promoting cultural survival, environmental justice and sustainable development in Gulf Coast communities. The project is led by Gulf Coast community activists and supported by filmmakers and new-media artists.