Experts who participated in the project:
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.
Brenda Longfellow is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and film theorist. Her productions includeOur Marilyn (1987), an experimental documentary on Canadian swimmer Marilyn Bell; the feature-length drama Gerda (1992), on the life and times of Gerda Munsinger; A Balkan Journey/Fragments From The Other Side of War (1996); the Genie Award-winning documentary Shadow Maker: Gwendolyn MacEwen, Poet (1998); and Tina in Mexico (2002), a feature documentary on the silent film star and avant-garde photographer Tina Modotti, which won Best Arts Program at the Yorkton Film Festival, Bronze at the Columbus Film Festival, and a Golden Rose at the Montreux Television Festival.
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.
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 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 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 Wired, The New York Times, Boingboing 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 (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 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.
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Nonny de la Peña is pushing technological boundaries for narrative endeavors, including exploring 3D environments for fiction, news, and documentary. Called “One of the 13 people who made 2012 more creative” by FastCompany’s CoCreate, she has built more than five virtual reality constructs including Hunger in Los Angeles, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012. Her other projects include the MacArthur funded Gone Gitmo, a virtual Guantanamo Bay Prison; Cap & Trade, an interactive exploration of the carbon markets built with Frontline World and CIR; Ipsress which investigates detainees held in stress positions; and Three Generations, the Games for Change winner on the California eugenics movement. Currently a graduate fellow at the University of Southern California’s Interactive Media Arts department, she spent the past two years as a Senior Research Fellow in Immersive Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications.
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!”.
Yasmin Elayat is a new media artist and creative technologist whose passion is at the intersection of arts and technology. Her work seeks to push the boundaries of immersive experiences, ranging from interactive installations for physical spaces, video installations, animation, and interactive documentaries for the web. Yasmin is the Co-Creator of 18 Days In Egypt: A Participatory Interactive Documentary Project about the Egyptian Revolution.The project was awarded the Tribeca New Media Fund grant and an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities Category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2012, was selected by the Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab, and recently named one the Moments of Innovation in Participatory Documentary by MIT Open Documentary Lab & IDFA DocLab.