POV is excited to be nominated for a 2015 Webby Award in the Documentary Series category for “POV Interactive Documentaries”! We’ve been nominated for Webbys in the past — and even won one — but this year’s nomination feels special.
Late last summer when we produced and showcased these six interactive documentaries, we wanted to show that online documentary did not need to be confined to a conventional linear format: We could push the web browser to its limit, use nonfiction media to spark tens of thousands of conversations about taboo social issues, and share artful experiences where the technological innovation was mostly hidden. Each of the projects exemplifies how storytellers are now able to use the web to engage with audiences — through nonfiction media — in new ways. And we hope it’s just a start.
The six projects — 89 Steps: A Chapter of Living Los Sures, Empire, Fukushima: The Eternal Season, Immigrant Nation, The Most Northern Place and Whiteness Project: Inside the White/Caucasian Box — tell compelling, human stories and use web technologies to push the boundaries of what we expect from the documentary form. This category has traditionally rewarded collections of linear documentaries, so we’re excited to be recognized for pushing the form and taking advantage of the interactivity the web makes possible.
We’re also thrilled to be an “honoree” in two other categories: “Best Use of Interactive Video” for “POV Interactive Documentaries” and in “Documentary: Individual Episode” for Empire. PBS Online Film Festival, in which POV was a partner, was also nominated in the “Online Film & Video: Variety” category and Who really runs Washington?” from Al Jazeera America incorporates “Data Docs” a project developed at POV Hackathon.
If you haven’t yet explored these shorts, please do now at http://www.pbs.org/pov/digital/shorts/.
And vote and spread the word — we need your help and support to win!
Vote for “POV Interactive Shorts” to win a People’s Voice Award — by Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time).