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POV Hackathon: Five Projects Aiming to Re-Invent the Documentary for the Web

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Five images from the five POV Hackathon documentary projects

The projects selected for POV Hackathon (August 11-12, 2012): Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, Living Los Sures, Op-Video, StoryCorps, and Feed Me a Story.

We’re excited to share with you the documentary projects that have been invited to POV Hackathon!

Later this month, teams of filmmakers and developers will be challenged to create web documentary prototypes — be they mobile sites, web apps, widgets, games or something we’ve never seen before — over two days of intense collaboration.

We’ll be sharing more information about the participants soon, but for now, here’s more about the five selected projects:

Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys

Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys is a feature-length documentary that follows a year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. Equal parts story, game and educational study guide, the film unfolds over the course of a year in the Arctic. It is a study of hard work, hard-earned leisure and an intricate bond between man and nature. The complementary online component will expand the reach and depth of the project, bringing each participant face-to-face with the unique challenges of herding reindeer. Utilizing video, photos, maps and infographics for their Web component, the filmmakers aim to show that the struggles herders face are the struggles of traditional, agrarian communities around the world.

» Follow Aatsinki on Facebook
» Follow @jessicaoreck on Twitter

Living Los Sures

Living Los Sures is a collaboratively produced, interactive documentary that explores the legacy of urban poverty on the increasingly trendy south side of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. It seeks not only to capture a diverse collection of important and unusual stories from the neighborhood, but also to create new shared histories and relationships among neighbors. For POV’s Hackathon, the Living Los Sures team will develop simple, shifting navigational features that work creatively with video assets and start to build a testing environment for artists in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio.

» Follow UnionDocs on Facebook
» Follow @UnionDocs on Twitter

Op-Video

An Op-Video is a short-form, freely embeddable, mixed-media essay that features experts, writers and doers, as well as hand-drawn animation and original music, about current public affairs. As ever-quickening news cycles create an echo chamber centered on a never-ending “horse-race,” Op-Videos invite the viewer into a more thoughtful and inventive space to learn about the important public issues of our time.

» Official Site: fire-works.co
» Official Site: thedailybeast.com/video
» Follow @joeposner on Twitter

Feed Me a Story

Feed Me a Story is a transmedia project that encourages the sharing of secret family recipes in a documentary-style food truck, video cookbook and Web application. The filmmakers seek to break down socio-cultural barriers through intergenerational storytelling. As people answer such questions as “What is your favorite childhood food?” and “What food is important to your cultural experience?” the project explores what it means to be American. Feed Me a Story was performed on Ellis Island as part of its first artist-in-residence program.

» Project site: feedmeastory.com
» Follow @feedmeastory on Twitter
» Follow Feed Me a Story on Facebook

StoryCorps Audio Slideshows

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization that provides people of all backgrounds with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. StoryCorps produces audio segments weekly for NPR and since 2010 has turned a selection of stories into Emmy Award®-nominated animations for POV and the Web. So, what’s next? At POV’s Hackathon, StoryCorps will begin work on a new Web platform to complement its distinctive audio style.

» Follow @StoryCorps on Twitter
» Follow StoryCorps on Facebook

Find out more about POV Hackathon at pov.org/hackathon »

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Adnaan Wasey
Adnaan Wasey is the Executive Producer of POV Digital, which leads new storytelling iniatives for the PBS documentary series POV. Follow him on Twitter @adnaanwasey, Google+ or LinkedIn. Five documentaries he's into (today): 1. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 2. Hoop Dreams 3. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 4. Sweetgrass 5. Last Train Home