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POV Hackathon 4: Explore the Prototypes and the Technology


Five teams "re-invented the documentary" at POV's latest weekend laboratory of nonfiction storytelling and technology.

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Abstraction

Participants’ Choice Award winner

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Click on the image to interact with the Abstraction prototype, developed at POV Hackathon. (This prototype is best viewed in Chrome.)

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Team: Vanessa Gould, Smriti Keshari, Maria Rabinovich, Gil Talmi.

About the Project: Does a single image look the same to everyone? Can music take the universal into the personal? Each person’s experience will be as individual as their fingerprint. With this app the user becomes the explorer in an ongoing immersive experiment, playing with the perceived boundaries between image and music: to give the abstract meaning.

Technology: This prototype was built with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery and Heroku, a free cloud-based web host, to serve our webpages and database. All transitions, transition effects and animations were written with jQuery and CSS. The video and audio content is stored on the server and called via the script based on a list of selected video and music pieces.


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Vanessa Gould (Credit: Solly Granatstein)

Vanessa Gould (Cinematographer / Editor) directed/produced Peabody Award–winning Between the Folds, broadcast on Independent Lens and in dozens of countries worldwide. Recently, she’s produced for the Showtime forthcoming series Years of Living Dangerously, and is in production on a feature documentary. She’s on the jury of several festivals and the Emmys.

» Production Company Website
» Between the Folds Film website


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Smriti Keshari (Credit: Forest Woodward)

Smriti Keshari (Cinematographer) is a film producer, photographer and storyteller. Smriti weaves her personal narrative of adventure and multiculturalism into all of her projects. Her keen introspection on nuance and connectedness has manifested through a wide array of work, including feature-length documentaries (Food Chains feat. Eva Longoria & Eric Schlosser, Bigger), adventure sports programming (ESPN, X Games, Surfing 28 States: India) and photojournalism.

» Portfolio Website
» Follow @kesharis on Twitter
» Food Chains
» Surfing 28 States: India


Maria Rabinovich

Maria Rabinovich (UI Designer / Developer) is an artist and developer interested in novel experiences afforded by new communication technologies. She likes to think about how these experiences frame information and effect our relationship to our devices and each other. She loves hackathons and building rapid prototypes to experiment with ideas.

» Portfolio Website
» Follow @mariarabinovich on Twitter


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Gil Talmi (Credit: Smriti Keshari)

Gil Talmi (Composer) is a film composer with a focus on socially conscious projects. Gil’s music can be heard in a variety of award winning films such as the upcoming Savannah, starring James Caviezel and Sam Shepard and the Peabody award winning documentaries Between The Folds and Who Killed Chea Vichea as well as New Year Baby, winner of the Amnesty International Movies That Matter Award.

» Portfolio Website
» Company Website


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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.