Tag: documentary

by Sonia Paul

StoryCorps, the initiative that helps give people the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their own personal stories, has been around since 2003. What started out as just an idea and experiment from founder Dave Isay turned into an American success, and it’s now a global project. Isay is the winner of the 2015 Ted Prize, […] more »

by Tiffany Shlain

What day do you rush towards each week? (#TGIF) And what day do you want to feel extra long? (Saturday). Me too, but five years ago, those feelings became so much more profound. My husband, two children (5 and 11), and I participated in the first National Day of Unplugging, where we turned off screens […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. The Internet is on go-slow today to support net neutrality (Rainey Reitman / Gizmodo) 2. What Apple’s new products say about the future (Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic) 3. U2, Apple and the deal behind getting ‘Songs of Innocence’ free of charge (John Jurgensen / The Wall Street Journal) 4. Guardian Space & […] more »

by Patricia Aufderheide

Branded content, from advertising to sponsored work, has long used the skills of filmmakers and (often ex-) journalists. At SXSW 2014, unbranded content — sponsored but without an obvious pitch for product or even necessarily a direct link to the sponsor — was in full flourish, with companies recruiting for talent. The biggest question for […] more »

by Patricia Aufderheide

Is diversity an afterthought in film fest programming, or is the production pipeline just really skewed toward the same race and class segregation as the rest of society? And is there anything to do about it? The SXSW lineup is only the latest to provoke that thought for me, and it’s AJ Schnack’s gutsy call to harder-edged, more thoughtful […] more »

by Denise Lu

The process of making an average T-shirt involves a trip around the world and more than a dozen steps from seed to shirt. How do you capture this entire process on video within a multimedia narrative? In April, NPR’s Planet Money launched a Kickstarter campaign to do exactly this. Six and a half months after […] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

Every year IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) holds a week-long conference with filmmakers around the world flocking to New York City to attend panels, network and pitch. This year, Independent Film Week took a turn into the future of filmmaking and presented a case study of a web native interactive project for the first time. The […] more »

by Abigail Maravalli

Webisodes, which have long been hyped as a new form of online entertainment (but rarely lived up to it), are expanding beyond Internet television and proving to be a valuable accompaniment to feature-length documentary films. Whether webisodes are released before a film, as follow-up to a finished film, or as a standalone project, they are […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Twitter fakes real users’ tweets to promote ad platform (SFGate) 2. The rise of the personal franchise site in news (Pressthink) 3. Is Flipboard a partner or competitor for publishers and content creators? Yes (GigaOm) 4. The sad story of Platform, Facebook’s gigantic missed opportunity (PandoDaily) 5. Reddit rolls out its front page-changing multireddit […] more »

by Andrew Giles Buckley

Only days before the production crew for “Hit and Run History” was to board a flight to Africa, I got a message over Facebook: “Bring plenty of bug spray.” The year prior, we had taken on the story of the Columbia Expedition — the first American voyage around the world. With the rapid changes in digital […] more »