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Alexandre Brachet

Alexandre Brachet, e-producer and CEO of “web producer” Upian, is one of the world’s major players in the area of web documentary and the intersection of documentary cinema and digital storytelling. Founded in 1998, Upian has been producing webdocumentaries since 2005 with its first creation, lacitedesmortes.net. Over the last few years, Upian has produced some of the most notorious webdocumentaries among which: thanatorama.com (2007); gaza-sderot.arte.tv (2008 - Prix Europa);  prisonvalley.arte.tv (2010 - World Press Photo first prize of the interactive category for the multimedia contest); happy-world.com (2011) and Alma A Tale Of Violence (2012 IDFA Doclab award, World Press Photo, Sheffield Doc Fest innovation award, Grimme online award, Etoile de la Scam). Among Upian’s last production, The 1000 €uro game: a small story factory that takes the viewer in a journey across France with the team of the oldest and most famous radio quiz show. Lately, Upian, together with Yami2 and France Television, produced Generation Quoi, a documentary experience about the state of the youth in France.

Caspar Sonnen

Caspar Sonnen is a festival organiser and curator specialised in independent cinema and digital media art. As New Media Coordinator of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, he has succesfully developed digital festival strategies and online initiatives. In 2008, Sonnen launched IDFA DocLab, a pioneering platform for digital documentary storytelling and media art. Besides his work at IDFA, Sonnen is co-founder and programmer of the Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam.

Gerry Flahive

NFB Senior Producer Gerry Flahive has worked on more than 70 films, such as award-winners Just Watch Me: Trudeau and the 70s Generation and Manufactured Landscapes. Recent projects include the groundbreaking St. Michael’s Hospital/Filmmaker-in-Residence project, the epic Great Lakes documentary, Waterlife, and Paris 1919, inspired by Margaret MacMillan’s bestseller. A frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail, Flahive has also been published in Time and The New York Times.

Hugues Sweeney

After several years of twisting letters as well as ideas by studying philosophy, literature and Death Metal, Hugues Sweeney became interested in stories as much as the opportunities that technology offers to tell them. First in new media at Radio Canada, then head of Bande à Partand Espace Musique, he joined the National Film Board of Canada in 2009 as executive producer dedicated to interactive works. Continuing experimentation both in the grammar of interaction,in sound creation or in generative art, projects from the interactive studio of the NFB has received more than 80 awards and honors all around the globe including Webby, SXSW, Japan Media Arts and the Gémeaux.

Jeremy Mendes

Jeremy Mendes is a Vancouver based artist with over 12 years experience working on interactive projects. He is currently working with the National Film board of Canada as a Creator and Interactive Producer. His recent success with Bear 71 has landed numerous awards including a Cannes Cyber Lion, and FWA Site of the Year 2012. He has attended festivals internationally, performing a live version of the project and speaking to audiences about interactive work –venues include IDFA, DOXA and Rooftops festival NYC. Other NFB projects include co-creation of This Land — with a handful of other titles due to launch this year. These interactive projects truly capitalize on his collective experience — requiring an understanding of story, culture, art and design. And importantly, how these elements are conveyed through interactive experiences. He Graduated from Emily Carr in 1996 and specializes in Art Direction, Creative Direction, Design and Illustration. His experience spans — storytelling, interactive design, motion design, information design, creative conceptual work, brand development and advertising.

Jesse Shapins

Jesse Shapins is a media entrepreneur, cultural theorist and urban artist. He is Co-Founder/CEO of Zeega, a platform revolutionzing interactive storytelling for an immersive future. For the past decade, he has been a leader in innovating new models of web and mobile publishing, his work featured in WiredThe New York TimesBoingboing and other venues. Jesse is also on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is an Instructor of Architecture

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris (number27.org) is an artist and computer scientist, known for his projects that assemble vast amounts of data to create large-scale real-time portraits of humanity.  He is the creator of We Feel Fine (wefeelfine.org), a search engine for feelings; The Whale Hunt (thewhalehunt.org), an unconventional documentary about an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt; and Cowbird (cowbird.com), a community of storytellers building a public library of human experience.  His work has been exhibited all over the world, including at Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), the V&A (London), and MoMA (New York).  He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Katerina Cizek

Katerina Cizek is an Emmy-winning documentary-maker working across many media platforms. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. Recently, she was listed as Reelscreen’s 2011 Trailblazers in Non-Fiction, alongside Wim Wenders and the Channel 4 Commissioning Team. For five years, she was the National Film Board of Canada’sFilmmaker-in-Residence at an inner-city hospital, in a many-media project that won a 2008 Webby Award (“The Internet’s Oscars”), a Banff Award, and a Canadian New Media Award. Her previous award-winning films include Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002, co-directed with Peter Wintonick). She teaches and presents around the world about her innovative approach to the documentary genre.

Mandy Rose

Mandy Rose is Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England. She is co-convenor of the i-Docs Symposium 2014 and author of the CollabDocs blog. Mandy has led ground-breaking participatory media projects for the BBC (Video Nation, Capture Wales, My Science Fiction Life) and is creative director of The “Are you happy?” Project (2013). Her recent writing appears in The Documentary Film Book (Palgrave) and Studies in Documentary Film (Vol. 6 Issue 2).

Sandra Gaudenzi

Sandra Gaudenzi has started her career as a television producer, she then moved into interactive television, and taught interactive media theory at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) from 1999 till 2013. She is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England, co-convenes i-Docs (an academic conference totally dedicated to interactive documentaries), mentors interactive factual projects and is Creative Editor of i-Docs' website. While writing her PhD on interactive documentary Sandra created http://www.interactivedocumentary.net/ but she has now moved on and blogs at  http://www.interactivefactual.net.

Susanna Lotz

Susanna Lotz is an online editor at the Web Department of Arte. After graduating in Art History, she continued her university research by integrating the Dance Lab in Paris 8, working on motion capture in contemporary dance choreographies. Susanna coedited two issues of “Anomalie”, a bilingual review exploring different themes in the fields of arts and digital technologies. Her work included Anomalie #2 “Digital Performance” and Anomalie #3 “Interfaces”. She also contributed to the CD-ROM “Le Centre Georges Pompidou: La collection” and “Yves Saint-Laurent: 40 ans de création”. Since 2002 Susanna has worked for the Web Department of Arte, where she was recruited to create innovative content for the web. Her teamwork with the commissioning broadcast editors resulted in the project “Gaza-Sderot – Life in spite of everything”, or “Farewell Comrades!”.

Willliam Uricchio

William Uricchio is Professor and Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program and Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is also Lead Principal Investigator of the MIT Game Lab. His efforts as a documentary maker began in grammar school, and led to a short but formative professional career as an editor and director of social activism and anthropological documentaries. Uricchio’s academic career began in the classroom with Leo Hurwitz, Lewis Jacobs, Jay Leyda and George Stoney, and resulted in a dissertation on the ‘city film’ that focused on the early years of non-fiction film production, and particularly film’s relationship to other representational technologies such as the photograph, stereograph and panorama. Uricchio’s most recent books include Media Cultures (2006 Heidelberg), on responses to media in post 9/11 Germany and the US, and We Europeans? Media, Representations, identities (2009, Chicago). He is currently completing a manuscript on the concept of the televisual from the 17th century to the present.
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