This week, ODL Director Sarah Wolozin and Co-Creation Studio (ODL) Artistic Director Kat Cizek will speak at panels at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington D.C.. Double Exposure celebrates films that are inspired by investigative journalism tradition and is founded by the news organization 100Reporters.

Description of the Panels:

Future Imperfect: Storytelling on the Cutting Edge on Thursday October 19 at 1PM with Sarah Wolozin, Debra Anderson, Opeyemi Olukemi and Wendy Levy

Over the last decade, a bold spirit of innovation has emerged among visual artists who are committed to leveraging new technologies to create more collaborative, interactive, and immersive storytelling. Pioneering works in transmedia, virtual reality, gaming and other kinds of storytelling represent a convergence of forms that push the boundaries of story and authorship. How does the further mixing of professional cultures—that of filmmaker and journalist—affect storytelling? How are news organizations and documentary filmmakers redefining journalism’s possibilities using emerging tools and new technologies? What are the potentials offered by emerging technologies to tell new stories and reach new audiences? And what is their intended impact? This panel will hear from leading programmers and practitioners on the cutting edge of these new innovations, to offer a glimpse into the horizon of visual storytelling.

Give/Get: Cross-Sector Collaboration in Film and Journalism on Friday October 20 at 3pm with Katerina Cizek, Barbie Zelizer, Caty Borum-Chattoo, Clare Chambers, James West, Patricia Aufderheide and Saleem Khan

Journalism and filmmaking spring from two different cultures, each with their own approaches and assumptions, ethics and forms. Skills and resources that may be inherent in one profession are often not available, or even visible to the other. Increasingly, however, we are seeing cross-sector pollination, in which the work of journalists and filmmakers are integrating and overlapping. Filmmakers are embedding in newsrooms to work alongside reporters, helping those newsrooms develop visual forms of storytelling and engage with new audiences in ways print reporting alone could not. At the same time, filmmakers are selectively incorporating tenets of investigative reporting into their work, and adapting the supportive infrastructure of a newsroom, such as legal counsel, fact checking, and security measures, into their production process. The most successful practitioners, editors, and curators, on hand for this session, are aiming to achieve storytelling more transcendent than the sum of its parts.