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Welcome to the MIT Open Documentary Lab

The OpenDocLab brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.
Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

Storytelling UX: An Interview with Jeff Soyk on the Making of Hollow

I sat down with art director and UX (user experience) designer Jeff Soyk to discuss the design process behind Hollow, a community-based interactive documentary about rural West Virginia directed by Elaine McMillion. Hollow was recently recognized with a Peabody Award and a 3rd Prize in the multimedia category at World Press...
April 15, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch with AIR's Localore

April 15, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch with AIR’s Localore

We’re pleased to invite AIR’s Localore production team to the Spring 2014 MIT Open Documentary Lab’s lunch speaker series. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.  RSVP required.
_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...
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Research Forum | Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 1

Research Forum | Moments of convergence and innovation between documentary film and interactive media, Part 1

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...
February 18 MIT OpenDocLab Talk with Bjarke Myrthu

February 18 MIT OpenDocLab Talk with Bjarke Myrthu

Please join the MIT Open Documentary Lab for a talk with Bjarke Myrthu on Tuesday, February 18. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.
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...
Filmmaker Magazine | MIT Open Documentary Lab Launches _docubase

Filmmaker Magazine | MIT Open Documentary Lab Launches _docubase

Filmmaker Magazine features The MIT Open Documentary Lab’s _docubase in “MIT Open Documentary Lab Launches _docubase,” an article by Sarah Salovaara. “As a consumer of new media – to say nothing of its makers – how does one go about keeping abreast of the emerging form’s constant developments? MIT Open Documentary Lab hopes to keep interested parties up to speed with _docubase, a...
Documentary Magazine | New Models in Documentary Education

Documentary Magazine | New Models in Documentary Education

Laura Almo surveys the MIT OpenDocLab in her article ”New Models in Documentary Education: Labs at MIT and Harvard Move the Form Forward,” published in the International Documentary Foundation’s Documentary Magazine. “The MIT Open Documentary Lab, which launched just over a year ago, is fertile ground for all things new media and interactive storytelling. As it is rooted in MIT’s...
February 26, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch

February 26, 2014 MIT OpenDocLab Lunch

We’re pleased to announce Paul Turano as the first speaker in the Spring 2014 MIT Open Documentary Lab’s lunch speaker series. MIT Building E15-331 These events are open to the public.  RSVP required.