A live web documentary about At Home, a major Canadian housing project that gave homes to 1,265 homeless people.
In 2007, the United Nations reprimanded Canada because of the extremely large numbers of homeless people in the country. A year later, the government gave $110 million to At Home, a major national housing project that is nothing less than a social experiment. A total of 1,265 homeless people were allocated homes, while a control group of 970 people only had access to previously existing facilities. This made it possible to carry out research into whether homeless people – who are plagued by unemployment and often mental problems and addiction – benefit from first having a home and then getting help.
It turns current practice on its head, because usually people only get a home once other problems have been sorted out. The participants in At Home undergo intensive supervision by psychologists and social workers, and they are regularly interviewed by the researchers. And they’re also being followed by a film crew from the National Film Board of Canada. Their reportages will continue to appear on the attractively designed web platform Here at Home until 2013, when the experiment ends. To view the films, users click on colorful moons floating around five mother planets representing the participating cities of Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto and Moncton. These are combined with the collected data to create a live web documentary on this huge and ambitious housing project.
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“Life in spite of everything” is the motto of Gaza/Sderot.
This impressive online documentary project reports on the day-to-day experiences of men, women and children on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli border, in Gaza (Palestine) and Sderot (Israel): their lives and their survival on a daily basis. Over the course of two months, two two-minute films are being placed on the site each day. Under difficult living conditions and the threat of air attacks and bombings, people do keep on working, loving and dreaming. Life in spite of everything.
In order to document this will to live, short chronicles (2 minutes each) will be shot by both Israeli and Palestinian teams, day after day for two months. These short stories will follow six characters from Gaza and six from Sderot. In this way, we will have a new story of each character every week, and the viewer will be able to follow them intimately for 10 weeks. The stories will be aired via the Internet and users will have a personal, interactive and non-linear access to these contents on the site ARTE France which will include the videos, blogs, forums, links etc.
Gaza Sderot is an original project broadcast by Arte.tv, the official site of ARTE, the French-German cultural television station, in coproduction with an Israeli team – Alma Films/Trabelsi Productions in cooperation with The Sapir College in Sderot, a Palestinian team – Ramattan Studios, a French documentary production company – Bo Travail ! and an interactive production company Upian.com.
On Saturday, October 25th, Gaza Sderot won the “Prix Europa” which took place in Berlin.
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1. Viewing (observer) 2. Learning (student) 3. Playing (player) 4. Sharing (interactor)
One of the essential premises of the traditional documentary is the desire to organise a story that is both informative and entertaining. And, in this sense, the interactive format should continue with the tradition to try to offer similar experiences that mix a recreational (entertainment) proposal with an educational one (knowledge), in the most efficient, original and attractive possible way. And this is mainly possible thanks to the combination of different navigational and interactive modalities, which enable a multiple exchange between the work and the interactor.
Firstly, navigating and visiting different proposals and structuring the content (information and knowledge) means the use of strategies and resources of the games. This way, from the structure of the interactive, and through the navigation modalities, the user, in a certain sense, “plays” with the possibilities offered by the work and can satisfy their first necessity: amusement and entertainment.
Secondly, this strategy close to the game experience usually gives the user a sensation of deep immersion and stops their learning from being boring and that their need of being informed or need or learning ends up fading. Therefore, the didactic proposal offered is attractive and dynamic, beyond that present in most classical hypertexts.
Already at this stage, the interactor “learns through playing” and once they have “learnt the lesson” in a fun, original and light-hearted way, they can share it with other interactors, in real time or whenever they deem it appropriate.
Interactive production that tells the true story of a female grizzly bear dubbed “Bear 71″.
Bear 71 tells the true story of a female grizzly bear dubbed “Bear 71″ by the park rangers who tracked her in Banff National Park from 2001 to 2009. Questioning how we see the world through the lens of technology, this multi-user, interactive story blurs the line between the wild world, and the wired one.
Performed by Mia Kirshner and written by JB Mackinnon. Featuring music by Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Atlas Sound, Tim Hecker and Grouper.
Out of my window, a film unlike any you have seen before. Katerina Cizek, the director, put it together over the course of years, and the award-winning film uses its novel approach to explore life, as it goes on, within highrises – the most commonly built structures during the past century. Created with 360º video and high end web technology, Out My Window brings you to 13 different locations across the globe, moving from Chicago to São Paulo, to Bangalore and Johannesburg. And the story doesn’t unfold linearly. You choose where and when you want the stories (49 in total) to begin and end. The film is better experienced than described. So my recommendation: Watch the trailer, or just jump into the interactive documentary and see for yourself.
Check the documentary here.
A new generation of Chilean filmmakers joins forces on this online platform with snapshots of everyday goings-on in Chile.
Chile is an emerging country when it comes to film, and the new generation switches easily from fiction to documentary, like a chameleon changing colors. Jose Luis Torres Leiva, Christopher Murray, Pablo Carrera, Maite Alberdi, Cristián Jiménez and other filmmakers have joined forces on the online platform MAFI.tv – Filmic Map of a Country, where you’ll find snapshots of what’s going on in Chile today. The short documentaries last from one to two minutes, always consist of one shot, and only feature the natural sound of the recording. We see two tourists goofing around by a lake in a snow-white salt desert, a little boy in a hospital waiting for a risky operation. curious goats wandering about in an inhospitable landscape, and an imitation horserace at a theme park. Different events at different places and times. MAFI.tv isn’t a story with a beginning and an end, but a mosaic of story fragments, as ragged and scattered as reality itself.
Check the project here.
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Cowbird calls itself “the most beautiful place in the world to tell stories,” and “the free public library of human experience.” This platform offers its users – which it calls “citizens” – the opportunity to tell their life stories. Their basic layout is usually the same – a single photograph is accompanied by a short text, although there are also audio stories or visual essays. The stories can be browsed by the cities and countries they are set in, the roles people play in them (“Boyfriend,” “Free Spirit,” “Lover of Life”), and keywords. Furthermore, they are grouped in “Sagas,” such as “First Loves,” “Working,” and “Occupy.” The site was initiated by artist and computer scientist Jonathan Harris, with an eye to distill new forms of narrative from large amounts of data, as well as to offer its users a place for a deeper, longer-lasting kind of self-expression than is likely to be found on Facebook. These are the kinds of stories that will continue to resonate 50 years from now. And that name? “Slow like a cow, fast like a bird.”
Check the project here.
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Clouds Over Cuba: Interactive Documentary Revisits the Cuban Missile Crisis on Its 50th Anniversary
50 years ago, the Cuban Missile Crisis put the US and the USSR on a seemingly catastrophic collision course. As the crisis played out, both sides feared the worst — that the long-simmering Cold War might suddenly turn hot, nuclear hot. Mercifully, after 13 days, cooler heads prevailed.
Now, on the 50th anniversary of the crisis, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum has released an interactive documentary called Clouds Over Cuba. Narrated by actor Matthew Modine, the film vividly explains the events before, during and after the historic crisis. As the story unfolds, the documentary prompts viewers to access an impressive amount of historical documents (photos, documents, audio recordings, etc.) that add real texture to the story. Clouds Over Cuba is educational. It’s impressively put together. You can watch the trailer above, or start watching the complete film right here.