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POV Hackathon 6: The Projects!

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POV has announced the projects and participants for POV Hackathon 6 in Los Angeles! Over the course of a single weekend, five teams of media makers and technologists will create prototypes that “re-invent” the documentary for the web.

A limited number of seats are available for the prototype screenings. RSVP for the Los Angeles Screening (Sun. May 18) at http://povhackathon6.eventbrite.com.

Want a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of these prototypes? Email hackathon[at]pov.org and let us know you’d like to volunteer in New York or Los Angeles.

Since 2012, POV’s nonfiction media lab has provided matchmaking and mentorship for re-inventing the documentary for the web. POV Hackathon 6, which marks the first time the non-fiction technology lab has been based in Los Angeles, will take place in partnership with CreatorUp!, the place where anyone can learn to make great video content, and Hub LA, a creative incubator to connect, start, create, learn and share.

And we are pleased to announce a partnership between the International Documentary Association (IDA) and POV to bring you POV Hackathon 6. The IDA’s mission is to build a thriving documentary filmmaking culture through programs and services designed for documentary filmmakers.

Find out more about the partners, projects and participants at pov.org/hackathon.

Home Unknown


A web documentary about the surprising encounters a Filipino-American filmmaker faced while attempting to reconnect with his roots.

Problem Me


An app that uses documentary storytelling to connect people around their shared life obstacles.

Proceed In Total Darkness (working title)


An exploration of “sightless vision” as it applies to reconnaissance and extra sensory photography.

Return of the Native: Hawaii


An iPad documentary told by the locals about the restored, rarely seen native Hawaiian forests on the Big Island.

The World in Ten Blocks


A web documentary that brings to life one of the world’s most diverse neighborhoods through the lens of immigrant small business owners.

Meet Some of the Participants from POV Hackathon 6

We’ll be announcing the full list of participants later. For now, here’s a cross-section of the media makers, technologists, mentors and jury:

  • Stephen Dypiangco is a filmmaker and co-founder of the National Film Society, a media company whose brainy and offbeat work has been featured by PBS, The Wall Street Journal, Filmmaker Magazine, Mashable, GigaOM andIndiewire.
  • Hugh Hou is the CTO and Art Director of CreatorUp!, an e-learning platform to empower everyone to make great video content.
  • Lori Kozlowski is columnist for Forbes, covering startups, technology, entrepreneurs, and digital culture. Previously, she served as senior editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she directed mobile and emerging platforms.
  • Taylor McPartland is the co-founder and president of FilmBreak, a virtual film studio that lets film fans connect with their favorite filmmakers.
  • Rain Michaels is the principal project manager and user experience designer with The Cherry Hill Company.
  • Michael Scherotter is a San Francisco-based Media Experience Evangelist at Microsoft with a 19-year career in software development.
  • Sophia Vikland is co-founder of BackCODE, a company that develops “serious game” strategies for the classroom and employee education.

The POV Hackathon 6 lab and final screening will take place at HUB LA in Los Angeles on the weekend of May 17-18, 2014. RSVP to attend the May 18 screening at http://povhackathon6.eventbrite.com.

About POV Hackathon
Since 2012, the POV Hackathon lab series has provided structure and mentorship for visionary media makers and inventive technologists to collaborate and re-imagine nonfiction storytelling for the web. POV Hackathon is organized by POV, the award-winning PBS documentary series. POV Hackathon is supported by the Fledgling Fund and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. http://www.pbs.org/pov/hackathon/

About Hub LA
Hub LA
Hub LA is a new kind of membership club dedicated to the individuals and teams building the local, sustainable economy in Los Angeles and beyond. The Hub offers members access to creative industrial space to work, meet, learn, collaborate, and play; a curated community of values-aligned individuals and companies; and custom programming and events focused on personal and professional development. We combine the best of a cafe, innovation lab, business accelerator, serviced office, and community center to create a place for meaningful encounters, productive work sessions, exchange and inspiration all with the ambition to spur social innovation.

About CreatorUp!
CreatorUp
CreatorUp! is the premier online video school where anyone can learn to make great video content. Like a film school in the cloud – the platform offers on demand courses taught by top digital entertainment pros. Co-founders Mike Tringe and Sara Akhteh graduated from USC Film School during the digital revolution. They were the first class to work in the digital media world and wanted to share their knowledge to make it accessible to everyone else who wanted to learn how to tell their stories online, without charging the expensive price tag that film school charges. Their mission is to give everyone a voice with video content.

About International Documentary Association (IDA)
International Documentary Association
Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness for the documentary genre. Through its programs, IDA provides resources, creates community, and defends rights and freedoms for documentary artists, activists, and journalists.

Find out more about POV Hackathon 5 in New York (May 10-11, 2014) at http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/povdocs/2014/05/pov-hackathon-5-the-projects/.

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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.