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POV Hackathon 6 (May 17-18, 2014)

theworldintenblocks

The World in Ten Blocks
Participants' Choice Award winner

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About the Project: The World In Ten Blocks is a first person point of view experience in which the user explores one of the world's most diverse neighbourhoods through the stories of immigrant small business owners and their surroundings.

Technology:

  • Adobe Photoshop: Image manipulation, resizing.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro: Video/Audio editing.
  • Adobe Illustrator: Graphics
  • Skrollr: Stand-alone parallax scrolling JavaScript library
  • JavaScript: Dynamically insert and scroll through image sequences
  • jQuery: Manipulating DOM elements
  • CSS3: Positioning elements
  • HTML5 Video: Video playback on web
  • GitHub: File sharing

The Team:

Jack Cody (Technologist) is a Developer at Sky MacKai LLC. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Economics.


Stan Dyro (Technologist) is a web engineer at PK4 Media, a digital media company in the advertising technology industry with a platform that maximizes the value generated by video views across online, tablet and mobile devices. He started his career at Apple Retail, and since then has worked for companies big and small such as JWT, Leaping Brain Labs, and Primary Color.

» Stan Dyro on Github
» @standyro


Serpa Francoeur (Media Maker) studied screenwriting, language and creative non-fiction writing in Vancouver. After several years in Central America, he moved to Toronto to complete an MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Past projects have covered subjects as varied as agriculture in Punjab and gold mining in Nicaragua.


Hank Knaack (Technologist) is a UX researcher and designer. His background in TV and film production informs his work in creative advertising for nonprofit and community-based organizations.

» hankk.co
» @hanknaack


Robiner Uppal (Media Maker) is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and editor. Uppal holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, completed with the support of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Uppal has shot and produced documentary films in India, Central America, and Canada. Born and raised in Calgary to parents from Punjab, India, his current work builds on a lifelong interest in issues of diversity and multiculturalism.

» losttimemedia.com


theworldintenblocks

Aerial Viewing

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About the Project: Aerial Viewing is an application that responds to anxieties and possibilities of tracking and surveillance technology. The viewer is embedded in this project through their location and actions. The application enables a ruptured and collective viewing experience &mdash exploring the boundaries of what is known, unknown, visible and accessible.

Technology:

  • After Effects: This program was used to mask, composite and collage layers of video footage.
  • Sound Track Pro: This program was used to create sound design for the film and design elements in the project.
  • Final Cut Pro: This program was used to compile video footage, voice over, and sound design.
  • Windows 8.1 - The application is built to run on the Microsoft Windows operating system to utilize the capabilities inherent in the platform such as: Inclinometer, location, touch, camera, and video playback.
  • C# and Xaml - The application was written in the C# programming language for core logic such as interacting with the sensors on the device and communicating with Microsoft Azure Mobile Services for storing locations.
  • Bing Maps for satellite imagery and location name services.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio and Expression Blend - The primary development tool used to write the code and layout of the application.
  • Microsoft Azure Mobile Services - Used to persist the location information that can be shared between users of the applications.
  • Node.js - Running in Microsoft Azure Mobile Services to provide cloud-based data validation.

The Team:

Gregory Prentice (Technologist) currently works as an evangelist in the DX group at Microsoft with a focus in the Media and Social spaces. Most recently, he assisted the Windows Azure Media services and Delta Tre teams in the delivering of the Sochi Olympics Lives video streaming.

» Gregory Prentice on LinkedIn
» Gregory Prentice's site


Michael Schrotter (Technologist) is a Media Experience Evangelist with Microsoft based in San Francisco. As part of Microsoft's media evangelism team, he focuses on explaining and demonstrating Microsoft's developer platforms to companies in media and entertainment. Throughout his 19-year career in software development, Michael has specialized in combining software in innovative ways. Previously, he architected and developed CAD applications for Boise Cascade and managed software development teams and engaged with partners at Mindjet. Michael has a Bachelor's of Architecture and a Masters of Architecture specializing in Design Tool Development.

» Michael Scherotter on LinkedIn
» Synergist
» @Synergist
» The Charette Project


Kelly Sears (Media Maker) creates animated essays from appropriated post WWII American media. She reworks discarded magazines, books, orphaned films and other ephemera to investigate contemporary political narratives of power that include expansionist doctrines, occupation, and surveillance. Her work has screened at Sundance, SXSW, LACMA and the Hammer Museum.

» Kelly Sears' portfolio
» Watch The Drift, 2007
» Kelly Sears' work on YouTube
» Watch The Rancher, 2012
» Works in progress


homeunknown

Home Unknown

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About the Project: This interactive family scrapbook offers you a way to connect with your family in a private space, invite select contributors to view and add to your relative's story, and give your loved ones a personalized keepsake that allows them to see their own lives in new ways and shows them how much they are loved.

Technology:

  • C# .NET to code the back end
  • SQL server for the database
  • jQuery
  • Bootstrap
  • TimelineJS
  • CSS3 for client side with AngularJS for MVVM framework.

The Team:

Stephen Dypiangco (Media Maker) 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 and Indiewire. Stephen is an alum of NYU's graduate film program.

» stephendypiangco.com
» homeunknown.com
» @dypiangco


Taylor Ferrari (Technologist) evaluates human experiences in order to build purposeful products. She specializes in UX Design, Research and Strategy. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA, and UX Design education from General Assembly.

» @t3ferrari
» taylorferrari.com/


Vivek Kaliraman (Technologist) is an independent contractor, consultan­t in medical education, pharmaceuticals and biote­ch competitive intelligence.

» @vivekaliraman


Julia Wells is a budding C# .NET developer. She graduated from the 6-month Sabio.LA coding program in February 2014. She was on the teams that won Best Health & Fitness App at the HackForLA hackathon in December 2013 and first place at the Department of Energy hackathon in March 2014.


problemme

Problem Me

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About the Project: Problem Me is a mobile app that uses user generated videos to address a given problem.

Technology:

  • Ruby on Rails 4 - Used to program backend of app.
  • Angular JS - used to build the front end of app.
  • PostgreSQL - used to build the data base of app.
  • Final Cut Pro - used to edit the demo videos.
  • Adobe Illustrator - This was used to design and layout the wireframe.
  • Adobe Photoshop - This was used to design the logo and the icons used for the app.

The Team:

Evan Pavlica (Technologist) is a Los Angeles based full-stack web developer with experience in Ruby on Rails, Angular.js, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. He was educated at General Assembly Los Angeles, and has a passion for code.

» xicreative.net
» @e_pavlica


Byron Q (Media Maker) is an award winning independent filmmaker based out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. His first feature film, Bang Bang, won the Jury prize for best first feature at the 2011 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. His 2nd feature, a documentary, RASKAL LOVE won the Directors Choice award at the 2014 Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

» beyondcinemaprod.com
» @byronbcp


Vincent Scatliffe (Technologist) is a visionary with a keen ability for assessing an idea's potential and bringing it to life. His passion is to build bridges between cultures and unite people by their common thread. This compels him to seek out like minded organizations to partner with through CL Design Group.

» cldesigngroup.com
» @cldesigngroup
» CL Design Group on Facebook
» Vincent Scatliffe on LinkedIn


returnofthenative

Return of the Native: Hawaii

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About the Project: Return of the Native: Hawaii is an immersive iPad documentary about restored, rarely seen native Hawaiian forests on the Island of Hawaii via a coming-of-age fiction adventure story. The project is inspired by true stories of endangered Hawaiian flora and fauna told by the local people of Hawaii.

Technology:

  • KR pano: Our digital narrative was built using KR pano to author interactive panoramas and virtual tour elements.
  • HTML5: We used HTML5 for the markup language and platform.
  • JavaScript: Created some of the interactivity and is used by KR pano.
  • PTGui Pro: All of the photography for the panoramic images were stitched together using this software.
  • Git: We used Git for revision control of the code.
  • Github: We used this platform for storing and collaborating on the code.
  • XML: The language used to author panoramic multimedia content.
  • jQuery: For DOM manipulation.
  • Final Cut Pro: All of the video clips were edited in FCP.
  • Amadeus Pro: Audio waveform editor used to edit and export all audio.

The Team:

Lucas Allmon (Technologist) is the Creative Director of AnotherVenue.com, a new media studio in Santa Monica where he spends the majority of his time arguing with his computer, since it clearly hears, but doesn't listen. He enjoys exploring the relationship between content, context and interaction in differing forms of digital media. When not doing that, he is in the mountains, on his motorcycle or on foot.

» anothervenue.com
» @lucaskallmon


Natasha Florentino (Media Maker) is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. She is currently directing Abundant Land, a film about GMO agriculture in Hawaii. In 2008 she co-directed Rezoning Harlem, a documentary about the opposition to the NYC rezoning of 125th street. Natasha received her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY).

» abundantland.com
» @Tash_Florentino


Xiaoyu Hugh Hou (Technologist) is the CTO and Art Director of CreatorUp, an e-learning platform to empower everyone to make great video content.

» Hugh Hou on LinkedIn
» hughdesign.net
» creatorup.com


Laurie Sumiye (Media Maker) is a Hawai`i-born filmmaker, artist and designer who uses moving image, digital media and organic materials through the study of natural and manmade environments. Her background in interactive media, journalism and graphic design uniquely informs her films and installations by combining technological, documentary and visual communication practices.

» Return of the Native: Hawaii on Tumblr
» lauriesumiye.com


POV Hackathon 5 (May 10-11, 2014)

noriginals

Noriginals: The Art of Uncreativity
Participants' Choice Award winner

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Note: Refresh Poetastr when switching between poetry styles.

View the source code »

About the Project: Noriginals: Poetastr is an automated, rule-based poetry creation tool. Sourcing content from the twitter stream, it allows users to specify lyrical forms. Based on the criteria, poems are generated and streamed to the user as they are created.

Technology:

  • Poetastr was written primarily in Python, which allowed us to do rapid prototyping, and to share a language between the logic code and the display code.
  • Poetastr is built on top of Poetry Utils 2.0 (https://github.com/cmyr/poetryutils2) a poetry library built in python that works with text features like metre and rhyme.
  • The web interface was built using Flask, a lightweight python 'microframework' for building web applications. We chose Flask because we wanted to be working in python throughout the project, and Flask provided the features we required without a lot of code overhead.
  • jQuery was used to handle displaying of the streamed results, and to manipulate the menus. Another JavaScript library, bootstrap, was used to handle basic styling.
  • Git, GithubGoogle Chat and Google Docs were used to facilitate collaboration.
  • All our code was written in Sublime Text 3.

The Team:

Naqeeb Memon (Technologist) is a software developer & photographer based in New York. Naqeeb specializes in building web platforms that can be used to showcase interactive stories.

» Photography
» Naqeeb on Github


Evan Misshula (Technologist) is a Ph.D. student in Criminal Justice, working as a data scientist at the John Jay Research and Evaluation Center. Misshula is currently a Presidential Fellow at John Jay. In 2014 and 2015, he will be a Digital Fellow at CUNY Graduate Center.

» Measure of Justice

» Evan Misshula on Github


Colin Rothfels (Technologist) is an artist and software developer based in Montreal. His software work revolves on automating the creative process. His most recent projects were focused on the automated and automation-assisted writing of poems using text collected from Twitter.

» anagramatron.tumblr.com

» @anagramatron

» @cmyr


Charles S. Roy (Media Maker) is a Montreal-based writer, publisher and filmmaker. A former Film Critic (Sequences, Cinemascope, Cahiers du Cinema) and FIPRESCI juror, Roy launched the LESEDSED Pub. Co. in 2012 and released his AQÉI Excellence Award-nominee "BIS, ou La politesse du débutant" the following year. NORIGINALS: The Art of Uncreativity is his debut multiplatform documentary.

» La Maison de Prod


Mark Slutsky (Media Maker) co-wrote and co-produced the feature comedy Peepers and co-wrote the feature documentary The Fruit Hunters. His shorts Sorry, Rabbi and The Decelerators both of which he wrote and directed, have played at festivals around the world. In 2013, he also co-directed and produced the animated short I'm One, Too! for Sesame Street. Mark Slutsky is also the founder-curator of SadYouTube.com, which has been featured in Der Spiegel, Der Zeit, Buzzfeed, Slate and other international publications.

» noriginals.tumblr.com
» Sad YouTube
» @totallyslutsky
» @NORIGINALS_doc


angola

The Angola Project

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About the Project:

Technology:

  • HTML5 video: All of our video assets are rendered in hidden HTML video elements. Compared to Flash and hosted video platforms (e.g. YouTube), HTML5 video allows fine-grained seeking and time reporting and post-processing with a Javascript canvas API. Because we encode and host the videos ourselves, we can choose the best resolution and bit rate for our specific application.
  • WebGL - Seriously.js and Three.js: WebGL allows extremely fast graphics processing with GPU hardware via a JavaScript API, and Seriously.js and Three.js are high-level libraries that simplify WebGL for specific purposes. Seriously.js is a real-time video post-processing tool that we use for color transition and the "video painting" effect. We use Three.js to create the 3D navigation space.
  • GitHub: We used GitHub to host both our code and the live version of the site with all media assets.
  • Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro : We used FCP7 and Premiere Pro to edit both video and audio content used in the basic narrative sections of the project.
  • Adobe After Effects: We used After Effects to build a 3x3 grid to be used on rotating cubes of imagery and video used in the wonder chamber portion of the experience.

The Team:

Brian Chirls (Technologist) Brian Chirls is creative developer based in New York, known for a range of online innovations, first with the groundbreaking film Four Eyed Monsters, and continuing with interactive stories and video for the web.

» Personal site and blog
» @bchirls
» Brian Chirls on Github

Steve Cordova (Technologist) is a second year graduate student in the ITP Program at NYU. He is currently working on physical computing projects with Arduino microcontrollers and continuing to further study human-computer interaction (HCI). He recently installed a magnet in his finger and built a wearable device that allows people to feel color.


Vivian Tse (Media Maker) began her career working with Oscar-nominated producer Mark Gordon on a variety of films including Emmy-nominated And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, as well as with Julie Taymor on Golden Globe-nominated Across The Universe. She moved on to produce for National Geographic and program for the Tribeca Film Festival. Her short film Preamble was awarded the Silver Lei Award at the Honolulu Film Festival in 2009. Her feature script Joe Boy was selected for the 2013 Nantucket Screenwriter's Colony.


Originally from Detroit, Jeremy Xido (Media Maker) graduated cum laude from Columbia University in NYC and trained at the Actor's Studio. A Fulbright grant took him to Europe where he was co-director of the Award winning film and performance group, CABULA6. Known as a performance artist with a unique artistic voice and approach to stage and film, blending emotionally gripping personal stories with the larger social contexts within which they emerge. Xido directed the film Death Metal Angola, among others. He lives in Harlem.

» www.xido.org


bisbee

Bisbee

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About the Project: Bisbee, Arizona was once a thriving copper-mining town near the US/Mexico border, but its population has been dwindling due to isolation, the national recession and lack of opportunities for youth. "Bisbee" explores how the community has been reinventing itself by repurposing existing spaces and linking the disparate cultural identities of its residents.

Technology: This prototype is best viewed on a modern browser using a touch tablet with webcam enabled. Tested and developed on the latest versions of Chrome.

  • JavaScript: Our prototype is entirely built in the front-end using jQuery
  • CSS3: For styling, transitions, and animations
  • HTML5: Heavily uses the canvas element for image manipulation effects such as brushing and masking
  • HTML5 Media Capture: for capturing video feed from user's webcam
  • jQuery UI: for dragging and sliding interactions
  • Hammer.js & jQuery Touchpunch: used to enable interactions on touch devices
  • Google Maps API: for generating custom maps on the fly
  • Photoshop: for creating the design assets such as buttons, controls, and images
  • Github: for version control and collaboration between developers

The Team:

Brian Foo (Technologist) is an application developer at NYPL Labs, an experimental design and technology team working to re-imagine The Library for the Internet age. Brian is also an artist whose art books raised over $30K on Kickstarter and featured in The Atlantic and Curbed.

» brianfoo.com


Tony He (Technologist) has been a software developer since 2006. His languages and technologies include: Java, Spring Framework, SQL, Ajax, JavaScript (DOM, CSS, etc.), as well as basic shell scripting (Unix flavors).


Allison Otto (Media Maker) is an award-winning documentarian and photographer. Her most recent film, Keeper of the Mountains was included in Outside magazine's list of "Best Adventure Films of 2013." She graduated from Stanford University and splits time between Colorado and Bisbee, Arizona where she volunteer teaches videography and photography to local youth.

» bisbeedocumentary.tumblr.com


Jeff Soyk (Media Maker) is an award-winning media artist. His passion for meaningful storytelling has lead to creating engaging experiences with a positive impact. Soyk has a B.F.A. in New Media Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.F.A. in Media Art from Emerson College.

» jeffsoyk.com
» @jeffsoyk
» Hollow Documentary


bothhereandthere

Both Here And There

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About the Project: A mobile addition to a broad project produced by UnionDocs "Living Los Sures," using the storytelling platform Creatavist. It is a prototype that takes advantage of mobility by motivating navigation through the story with real time physical motion. As you walk forward in physical space, you advance through the story.

Technology: This prototype is best experienced on iPhone 5C. It's best to experience it while wearing workout clothes.

  • Creatavist as our Content Management System
  • Google Docs, to share the information
  • Apple's iOS location services.
  • jQuery to traverse the HTML Document, handle the events and manipulate objects in the DOM.
  • HTML/CSS/Javascript, to animate the assets and build the structure for the Creatavist templates.
  • Photoshop for creating the animated gifs and image assets.
  • Final Cut Pro 7 for Video Editing.
  • QuickTime 7 for creating image sequences.
  • GitHub, to share code while working.
  • Stack Overflow, for debugging code.
  • iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPad mini.
  • xCode for local builds of native codes inside of Creatavist.

The Team:

Christopher Allen (Media Maker) is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of UnionDocs. His individual documentary projects and collaborative productions have been exhibited in galleries, museums and cinemas internationally. He directed Capitol of Punk, one of the earliest web-documentaries, and was a creator of Yellow Arrow, a seminal locative mobile storytelling project.

» UnionDocs
» UnionDocs on Facebook


Oliver Budiardjo (Technologist) Oliver has been developing for the Android platform since graduating from New York University, where his studies focused on mathematical computing. His interest in mobile application development is motivated by making the future of technology work for its users. His other interests include music and food.


Alison S. M. Kobayashi (Media Maker) is an artist working in video, performance, installation and drawing. She was born in Mississauga, Canada where she received a BA from the University of Toronto. She now lives in Brooklyn where she is the Director of Special Projects at UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art.

» asmk.ca
» susanmiyoko.tumblr.com
» @asmkobayashi on Instagram


Olivia Koski (Technologist) teaches multimedia storytelling as Head of Community at Atavist, the makers of the Creatavist publishing platform. Prior to Atavist, she worked as a research engineer and technology transition manager. In her spare time, she dabbles in documentary filmmaking and produces interactive theater with Guerilla Science.

» Creatavist
» @creatavist


Ilana E. Strauss (Technologist) is a digital design ninja with experience designing for print, web, mobile, and tablet.

» Ilana E. Strauss Portfolio


Patricia R. Zablah (Technologist) is a current Master's degree candidate at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU. She is a creative technologist, researcher, artist, entrepreneur and writer, primarily focusing on gender equality, the public and performance arts, storytelling and human rights relating to immigration.

» Patricia Zablah's Portfolio Website
» Hack It Back: Thesis Project
» @patriciarzablah


karachi

Karachi Circular Railroad

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Note: Not all links in prototype are live.

About the Project: This nonlinear interactive documentary immerses viewers with the sights and sounds of Karachi, tracing the path of the defunct Karachi Circular Railroad to explore the city's neighborhoods and topographies.

Technology: This prototype can only be viewed in Chrome.

  • BigVideo JS: This jquery plugin from John Polacek makes it possible to add fit-to-fill background video to websites. It can switch a still image for the video on devices that don't have auto play for ambient video. This Hackathon concept is based on ambient video and still photography so this plugin is a must.
  • Video.js: Big Video uses Video,js from Zencoder, an open source HTML 5 Video Player. The Video.js API allows you to control the video through JavaScript or trigger event listeners, whether the video is playing through HTML5, flash, or another playback technology.
  • JavaScript: There are several times we uses custom javascript to time the length of videos and have them load another video when one completes.  We also used custom JavaScript for hidden button areas to bring you back to our main drone page. This was done for speed when we were presenting and would not be used in future versions. We also used JavaScript to make image rollovers.
  • Google Fonts: We imported the font Source Sans Pro from Google fonts.
  • HTML5: This is the skeleton core of any web page so all pages use HTML5. We used HTML5 audio controls to play mp3 sound files.
  • Photoshop: We used PS for building the circular navigation elements on the mini site. We also used it for resizing, converting and compressing very large Camera Raw files. All the images used on the site were re-sized via Photoshop.
  • Final Cut Pro: Final Cut was used to edit the video and stills with ambient audio that are triggered during the program navigation.
  • jQuery.min.js: a compressed version of jQuery.js. This is one of Big Video dependencies and is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML
  • jQuery-ui.min.js - jQuery UI is a curated set of user interface interactions, effects, widgets, and themes built on top of the jQuery JavaScript Library and is also a Big Video dependency.
  • Modernizr.js: A JavaScript library that detects HTML5 and CSS3 features and allows developers to test for some of the new technologies and then provide fallbacks for browsers that do not support them
  • Normalize.css: A small CSS file that provides better cross-browser consistency in the default styling of HTML elements
  • Miro and MPEG Streamclip: We used these tools to convert camera video to HTML5 web friendly video. This converts very large files and compresses them and allows you to save them as various web friendly files types which work on different browsers.

The Team:

Gary Chan (Technologist) is a front-end developer, designer and entrepreneur who has attended more than forty hackathons. He is interested in utilizing technical skills in assisting not-for-profit endeavors.

» garyyauchan.com
» Gary-Yau Chan on LinkedIn


Elizabeth Kilroy (Designer) is a award-winning web designer and adjunct professor. Along with classes in Multimedia & Transmedia, Intro to New Media, Web Design and Visual Thinking, she teaches in the Magnum/NYU Human Rights Summer Program. She is an ITP graduate.

» callandesign.com
» @callande
» whatworksdoc.org
» 7 New York Stories


Steve Maing (Media Maker) is a New York based filmmaker. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and a grant recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Independent Television Service. He recently directed two New York Times short documentaries and has produced and directed an on-going series of short films about policing and the criminal justice system, The Hunted & The Hated and The Target. His recent film High Tech, Low Life won Best Documentary awards at the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Little Rock Film Festival, and Best Cinematography at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Most recently, Stephen was awarded a 2013 Grierson Award, one of the U.K.'s highest documentary honors in the category Best Newcomer Documentary. Stephen works on documentary and narrative films as a director, editor and cinematographer and teaches summer classes in documentary cinematography at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

» High Tech, Low Life Official Site
» stephenmaing.com
» @HighTechFilm
» @mainmaing


Ivan Sigal (Media Maker) is the executive director of Global Voices, a non-profit online global citizen media initiative. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is the author of White Road (Steidl, 2012), a two-volume book of photography and writing about Central Asia.

» Global Voices
» ivansigal.net
» White Road
» @ivonotes


onewayhome

One Way Home

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About the Project: Since the 1990′s, a grassroots charity has been reuniting Texans affected by AIDS with their families for what is often their last trip. One Way Home is an interactive documentary that places viewers within the AIDS epidemic though these travelers' stories.

Technology: The prototype is best viewed in Chrome.

  • jQuery: DOM manipulation
  • HTML5 (Audio): Depend on native browser support for outputting audio
  • JavaScript: DOM manipulation
  • dataMaps: Used for data parsing, and DOM insertion of statistical data
  • d3.js: Used to display dataMaps output
  • Github for version control and collaboration
  • Vagrant: Used to simulation production environment for testing, and demoing purposes
  • Stylus: Preprocessor for CSS, helped with code maintainability
  • Node, Nodefront: Used to simulation production environment for testing, and demoing purposes
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Premiere CS6, Adobe AfterEffects CS6: Created design mockup, and prototype. Created visual assets for site.

The Team:

Liss LaFleur (Media Maker) is a documentary storyteller and new media artist from Texas. Her work investigates identity, gender + sexuality, loss, and historic parallelism. LaFleur is a Media Art Fellow at Emerson College and in the Fall of 2014 she will be the Visiting Artist in Digital/New Media at Davidson College.

» Liss LaFleur's Portfolio Website


Dave Hall (Technologist) loves to be on the bleeding edge of web development and is obsessed with automation and efficiency. While Dave's been problem solving his whole life, he's spent the last five years gazing into a vertical monitor to order elegant experiences for the web. Dave has completed coursework in the Information Systems MS program at Brooklyn College and also holds a Masters Degree in General Psychology from City College and a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University. If you're not careful, he might psychoanalyze you while building you a world-class website.

» Radish Lab
» Dave Hall on Github


Kyle Ranson-Walsh (Media Maker) is a producer & creative strategist. He spent a decade immersed in animation production at Pixar Animation Studios (Ratatouille, WALL•E, UP, Cars 2, The Blue Umbrella). In 2013 he independently produced the award-winning live-action short Cologne. Ranson-Walsh is a graduate of CCA's innovative MBA in Design Strategy program.

» kyleransonwalsh.com
» Cologne
» madlyin.com


Edward Wisniewski (Technologist) is a skilled interactive storyteller and digital technologist. Combining a rich understanding of creative design and standards-based development, Edward creates immersive and interactive digital experiences. With over 10 years of experience, he's an expert in user interfaces, understanding user experience, creating rich web experiences, HTML5 based animation, email marketing and agile based development.

» Radish Lab


POV Hackathon 4 (July 27-28, 2013)

abstraction

Abstraction

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Find out more about this POV Hackathon project »

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.


The Team:

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

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 (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

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
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Approaching the Elephant

Approaching the Elephant

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About the Project: Explore a year in the lives of young children at a "free school" (where rules are created democratically) through interlocking video that offers multiple narratives.

Approaching the Elephant Film Website »
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Technology:

  • HTML5 & CSS3: The basic building blocks for building a website.
  • JavaScript & jQuery: Used to make the site interactive.
  • Popcorn.js: A JavaScript library used for integrating the web into video production.
  • Google Fonts: Used for custom, web-friendly fonts.
  • Dropbox: Used to share files between members of the team.
  • Final Cut Pro: Video-editing software.

The Team:

Sonna Kim is a visual designer and musician with experience creating interactive applications and websites for Fortune 100 companies and startups. She is also a Juilliard alum and has performed at major festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

Alexander Khost is a father, artist, educator, and web developer. His work focuses on collaboration through non-coercive processes and a positive community impact through actual hands-on experiential learning and play. Khost founded the Teddy McArdle Free School upon which the documentary Approaching the Elephant is based.

» Portfolio Website
» Alexander Khost on LinkedIn
» Follow @akhost on Twitter


Amanda Wilder is a filmmaker living in Brooklyn, New York. Her short film subjects include toil textile artist Richard Saja and Mayah, a girl unschooled on a farm in Vermont. Approaching the Elephant will be Wilder's first feature. The documentary was recently selected for IFP Labs, IFP's year-long mentorship program.

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The Cannon and the Flower

The Cannon and the Flower

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About the Project: Chopin's music is hundreds of years old, but Dang Thai Son and Madame Lien's fierce determination give Chopin new meaning. Beyond making a documentary, we wanted to make it interactive so that people all over the world can be inspired by this story and this music - and create a brand-new interpretation using Instagram.

The Cannon and Flower Film Website »
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Technology:

  • jQuery: To create the scrollable narrative.
  • D3: To build charts and visualizations.
  • MediaElement.js: To embed videos.
  • SoundManager 2: To embed audio files.
  • Modernizr: To check browser compatibility.

The Team:

Richard Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy Award winning visual journalist and an Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He worked as a photojournalist and Multimedia Producer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Salon, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and international magazines.

» Portfolio Website
» University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Faculty Profile
» Follow @koci on Twitter
» Company Website


An Emmy award- and Pulitzer prize-winning visual journalist and co-founder of Story4, a multimedia production studio, Geri Migielicz is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism at Stanford University's Graduate Program in Journalism, in the Department of Communication. She teaches multimedia. Geri served as Director of Photography at the San Jose Mercury News from 1993 to 2009. Under Geri's direction, the Mercury News garnered all the major national awards for photo editing and photo usage, making the paper a destination for the leading talent in the photojournalism industry because of its innovation in web and print storytelling.

» Company Website
» Stanford University's Graduate Program in Journalism Faculty Profile
» Follow @gmigielicz on Twitter


Jeremy Rue is a Lecturer of digital storytelling at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He's worked as a multimedia producer, a photojournalist, a print reporter and as a web developer/programmer.

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» University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Faculty Profile
» Portfolio Website
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dreamtrain

The Dreamtrain Project

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About the Project: Part interactive documentary, part music video, part diary, The Dreamtrain Project creates a platform for artists to dialogue with their audience by creating a connection between the content the artist puts out on social media and her work. Using the song Dreamtrain as a model, users are invited to explore the different inspirations behind the lyrics and song.

Technology:

  • Git: An open-source version control system for source code.
  • Heroku: For free web hosting.
  • Popcorn.js: An open-source tool to synchronize HTML audio and video with other events on webpage.
  • Handbrake: An open-source tool to convert audio and video files to web-friendly formats.
  • Dropbox and Google Drive: Free tools to allow developer, designer and musician to easily share files.
  • Google Fonts: A collection of free, web-friendly fonts.
  • Google Maps: For free, embeddable and customizable maps.
  • Facebook Comments: A free, embeddable commenting tool using Facebook logins for authentication.

The Team:

Steven Melendez is a programmer-journalist on the data news team at WNYC. Having previously worked as a developer and reporter, he holds an MS in journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in computer science from Harvard University.

» Company Website
» Follow @smelendez on Twitter


Cori Schattner is an interactive designer, strategist, and multimedia raconteur. She has executed award-winning interactive TV applications for brands including Lipton and Dove. Currently she's responsible for architecting a supply flow for integrating eBook learning into K-12 classrooms.

» Follow @CoriSchattner on Twitter
» Portfolio Website

Lily Virginia is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter. She came to the POV Hackathon through her interest in the audience/performer relationship and how that can be changed through technology. She currently is wrapping up her debut album and be found performing live around NYC and/or in your living room.

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The Very Semi-Serious Humor Lab

The Very Semi-Serious Humor Lab

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About the Project: The Very Semi-Serious Humor Lab aims to be an interactive deconstruction of the beloved New Yorker cartoons that will encourage viewers to examine the science, psychology and philosophy of what makes us laugh.

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Technology:

  • Meteor JS:Our app is built using the Meteor JS environment, which is what allowed us to create a front-to-back JavaScript application. Meteor uses MongoDB as a data store. The team had never used Meteor on a project before and while it initially seemed risky to try something new, we felt it was in the spirit of the Hackathon to try new things and take a few calculated risks. It should also be mentioned that the Meteor Development Group provides a free hosting environment for Meteor apps to encourage developers to build them and we are using that hosting environment for this project.
  • MongoDB: The datastore where we keep the cartoons and the captions. Feeds out JSON so it plays nice with our front-to-back JavaScript.
  • JavaScript: Our app is built with JavaScript front to back. This means that not only are we using JavaScript on the client side but also on the server side.
  • Node: The server that sends our app to the rest of the world.
  • CSS3: We used a few CSS3 effects for animating elements and making smooth transitions for hover effects.
  • HTML5: Sockets and magic. HTML5 is at the core of everything here. HTML5 audio and video elements were used a lot.
  • Photoshop: For building out the illustrations and graphic elements of the site.
  • After Effects: We needed to composite a few video files together to create the cartoon desk effect as a part of the intro video.
  • Final Cut Pro: Editing down all the sound effects for the site so we would have video and audio synced if we ever wanted to use live video vs. the illustrated graphic of Bob Mankoff.
  • Buzz.js: We abstracted the HTML5 audio API away by using Buzz, which worked well.
  • jQuery: For DOM manipulation.
  • GitHub: None of this would be possible in the time that we had if it weren't for great developer collaboration tools. Github gives us a rock-steady sharing platform to work from.

The Team:

Mark Catalano is one of the founders of Ronik Design, a digital product design shop in Brooklyn. Mark's background is in development and usability research. Some day Mark hopes to visit the Moon, but for now the Internet will have to do.

» Portfolio Website
» Follow @markcatalano on Twitter
» Company Website

David Chapman is a designer and developer living and working in Brooklyn. He owns cats, bicycles, yellow-paged books and other Brooklyn-type things.

Bob Mankoff is the cartoon editor for The New Yorker. Before he succeeded Lee Lorenz as editor, Mankoff was a cartoonist for the magazine for twenty years. He founded the online Cartoon Bank, which has every cartoon since the magazine's founding. He is the author of the books The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity and the forthcoming memoir How About Never-- Is Never Good for you? My Life in Cartoons.

Joanna Sokolowski is the associate producer for Very Semi-Serious. She is currently in production on The Ovarian Psycos with her filmmaking partner, Kate Trumbull-LaValle. The film is supported by ITVS, Pacific Pioneer Fund and Women Make Movies. She received her MA in Social Documentation at the UCSC and was the recipient of the Human Rights Center fellowship.

» The Ovarian Psycos
» Still Time

Andrew Sprouse is a Brooklyn based software developer who most recently he led the development of the latest iteration of newsweek.com

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Leah Wolchok is a director and producer who received the inaugural TFI Documentary Fund grant for her first feature documentary, Very Semi-Serious. She co-produced the Independent Lens documentary Ask Not. She received a BA in English from Yale and an MA in Documentary Production from Stanford.


POV Hackathon 3 (April 13-14, 2013)

@home

@home

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@home A project combining documentary film, social media, and a real-world game that conveys one simple idea: homelessness can be solved and that we are all part of the solution.

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Filmmaker:

Danny Alpert is the producer of @home and executive director of the Kindling Group. He is a producer, director and editor whose films have been nominated for Academy and Emmy Awards, and have aired on PBS, HBO, A&E, and at festivals around the world. His projects have been consistently accompanied by innovative and effective community engagement campaigns.

» Production Company Website
» Follow @dannyalpert on Twitter
» Follow @KindlingGroup on Twitter

Developers:

Heidi Boisvert is a new media artist, game designer, experimental filmmaker, writer and educator. She designed the first 3D social change game, ICED I Can End Deportation and America 2049. Heidi founded and serves as the CEO & Creative Director of futurePerfect lab. She is a PhD candidate in the Electronic Arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Brandon Forant works at Alchemy50. Brandon is the Art Director, and is a specialist in branding, mobile, and web design.

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Josh Klobe works at Alchemy50. Josh is the Technical Director. He has been making applications for mobile devices for almost as long as there have been mobile devices.

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Portraits of the Enemies

Portraits of the Enemies

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Portraits of the Enemies A web-based documentary that juxtaposes portraits of enemy fighters face-to-face by international photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa.

Filmmaker:

Karim Ben Khelifa is an award winning photojournalist who freelances regularly for Time Magazine, Le Monde, Stern, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and dozens of others. He is also the co-founder of emphas.is. He has worked in more than 80 countries and territories and has had exhibition on four continents. Karim is in 2013 the Carroll Binder Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

» Portfolio Website
» Company Website
» Follow @KBenK on Twitter
» Follow @karimbenkhelifa on Instagram

Developers:

Jack Kalish is a new media artist, designer, and software developer living and working in New York City. He is interested in the convergence of art and technology as a means of exploring new ideas through engagement and immersion.

» Portfolio Website
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Maria Rabinovich 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
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Refugee Registry

Refugee Registry

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Refugee Registry A digital initiative that highlights the plight of refugees with a goal of spurring action.

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Filmmakers:

Elise Brouwer is a graduate student Culture Media & Film studies at University Utrecht in the Netherlands. She is currently an intern at Principle Pictures in Boston, and board member of a foundation in Indonesia that aims to support local nature and society. She additionally works as a volunteer director for a children's hospital-television channel in the Netherlands.

» Elise Brouwer on LinkedIn

Sean Flynn is a documentary producer and Director of the Points North Documentary Forum at Camden International Film Festival. Recently, Sean spent four months in India on a Fulbright developing a participatory media project. In September, he will join MIT's Open Documentary Lab as a research assistant and Master's candidate.

» Follow @seanflynnfilm on Twitter

Developers:

Cameron Hickey is a developer, cinematographer and producer focused on documentary and television news, primarily for PBS. Hickey shoots and produces science stories for the PBS NewsHour, and has produced, directed, shot, and/or edited for PBS, BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera English, and WNET THIRTEEN. Hickey was a founding member of DocAgora, a doc-media thinktank focused on the intersection between documentary and interactive technology.

» Portfolio Website
» Follow on Vimeo
» Follow @cameronhickey on Twitter

Laura Scherling is a designer who works with print, web, and interactive mediums. Her interests include participatory culture and green education initiatives. She works in The New School's in-house design studio (Office of Communications) and is the co-creator of GreenspaceNYC. She is writing a dissertation about placemaking and design, likes baseball, and Game of Thrones.

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» Company Website
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Return to Elwha

Return to Elwha

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Return to Elwha A web-based documentary project that follows the largest dam removal in United States history.

Return to Elwha Website »
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Filmmaker:

Jason Jaacks is a nonfiction multimedia storyteller working at the intersection of social issues and the environment. He is currently pursuing a Masters at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

» Production Company Website
» Follow @jasonjaacks on Twitter

Developers:

Peggy Bustamante is an interactive and news apps developer at the news organization Digital First Media. She previously worked at Newsday on Long Island, where her design and development work with the Multimedia departments "A Fighting Chance" project garnered her a 2013 Emmy nomination. Always imagining new forms of visual storytelling, Peggy earned a Masters in IT/Digital Media from Harvard University.

Erik Reyna is visual journalist who has just begun his graduate studies in New Media at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He earned his Bachelors of Journalism in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

» Portfolio Website
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V-Card Experience Engine

V-Card Experience Engine

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V-Card Experience Engine A digital crowd-sourced storytelling project about the myth and meaning of virginity in American culture.

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Filmmakers:

Ellice Litwak is interested in exploring the areas between autobiography and fiction. For the last three years, she has contributed her writing, editing and research expertise to How to Lose Your Virginity. In addition to this documentary project, Ellice works for a New York-based LGBTQ Jewish organization.

Therese Shechter fuses humor-spiked, personal narrative with grassroots activism to make award-winning documentaries such as I Was A Teenage Feminist and How I Learned to Speak Turkish. Her films and writings have appeared worldwide, and she's spoken at venues as diverse as Harvard University and Galapagos Art Space.

» Follow @trixiefilms on Twitter

Developers:

Steven Melendez is a programmer-journalist on the data news team at WNYC. Having previously worked as a developer and reporter, he holds an MS in journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in computer science from Harvard University.

» Company Website
» Follow @smelendez on Twitter

Cori Schattner is an interactive designer, product manager, strategist, and multimedia raconteur. She has executed award-winning interactive TV applications for brands including Lipton and AXE. Currently she's responsible for architecting a supply flow for integrating eBook-based learning into K-12 classrooms.

» Follow @CoriSchattner on Twitter

POV Hackathon 2 (January 12-13, 2013)

Cpm-703

Cpm-703

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Cpm-703 A Fukushima-born artist journeys into Japan's nuclear winter, revealing the warmth and strength of survivors coping with the effects of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

» Cpm-703 preview on The Guardian
» Project Website

Filmmaker:

Jake Price worked as a freelance producer for the BBC producing multi-media pieces for InPictures. He's currently working on a feature length documentary in Fukushima, Cpm-703, about the survivors of the nuclear fallout. His transmedia and photography appears in The New York Times, TIME, The New Yorker & Rolling Stone.

Developer:

Visakh Menon grew up in India and currently lives in NYC. He splits his time consulting as a creative director-designer and a working as an artist with video art & sculptural installation focus. He has several years of experience creating branding and interactive media designs for leading global brands and cultural institutions. Recent artworks of his has been featured in numerous gallery shows and exhibitions in the US and abroad. He was selected for the 2010 Mentoring Fellowship for Immigrant Artists at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). He received an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007.

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Data Docs

Data Docs

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The Data Docs project aims to spread data literacy by telling short stories that lie behind the most important datasets in the world. Each is a meld of the linear storytelling and animation with live, evergreen data and choice interactive elements.

Filmmaker:

Joe Posner works at the intersection of documentary film, motion design and music. His work as a mixed-media director has appeared at Newsweek & The Daily Beast and APM Marketplace, and he has contributed Motion Design to several feature documentary films.

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

Developers:

Susan E. McGregor is an Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Her interests include data journalism and information visualization, as well as digital privacy and security.

» Website: towcenter.org
» Follow @susanemcg on Twitter

Lam Thuy Vo is a multi-platform journalist, currently covering economic issues for NPR's Planet Money. Previously, she was a video journalist for The Wall Street Journal in Asia where she covered the G20 summit in Seoul to the 2011 Japan earthquake to food price inflation across the Asian continent.

» Website
» Follow @lamthuyvo on Twitter

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Empire

Empire

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Empire consists of five documentary installations that tell stories about people and communities whose lives are still in some ways defined by the Dutch colonial endeavor of the 17th-20th century

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Filmmakers:

Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill are a US trans-Atlantic filmmaking team. Their work explores the boundaries between visual art, film and journalism. Recent screenings include: LAFF, Los Angeles; IDFA, Amsterdam; Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town; Apex Art, New York. They also work as journalists for outlets like VPRO Television, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and VICE.

Designers:

Clint Beharry is a creative technologist with a background in art, design, data visualization, and coding. He is the Graham Technology Fellow at the Harmony Institute, where he builds technology to study the influence of entertainment. He holds an MFA in Interaction Design from the School of Visual Arts.

» Personal Website
» Follow @clintbeharry on Twitter

Claire Mitchell is a master's candidate at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, working on projects in various mediums at the intersection of interactive design, technology, art and science. Prior to NYU, she was the Head of Creative Development for New York-based VFX / Content production company, 1stAveMachine and founded Context Is Meaning.

» Personal Website
» Follow @AnotherContext on Twitter

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Faith in the Five Boroughs

Faith in the Five Boroughs

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Faith in the Five Boroughs documents the role that faith and religious communities play in the lives of immigrants and their children.

» Official Site: 590films.org
» Project Site: faithinthefiveborourghs.org
» Follow @Faith_5Boroughs on Twitter

Filmmakers:

Matt Ozug has reported for public radio from Pakistan to South Sudan. In 2003, he helped launch the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps project. He is a co-recipient of a Knight Foundation grant for reporting on religion and American public life and a co-founder of Faith in the Five Boroughs.

Scott Elliott's first feature documentary, Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery aired on PBS in 2005. His latest documentary, Into the Gyre, has won numerous awards at international film festivals. He is currently in production on The Trees, about the World Trade Center Memorial.

Developers:

Tim Stegner is UI/UX designer at the University at Buffalo. Most recently he's led the design of both the university's enterprise-wide website templating system and their newly launched mobile apps. He also doubles as brand manager and production designer for Torn Space Theater, Buffalo's premier avant-garde theater company.

» Website

Tim Nabzdyk is a front-end developer and information architect at the University at Buffalo. He has worked as the digital media coordinator at Buffalo's NPR Station, WBFO, and is currently engineering an online collaborative platform for the classification of evolved psychological adaptions, psychtable.org.

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Feed Me a Story

Feed Me a Story

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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.

» Feed Me a Story on Vimeo

Filmmakers:

Theresa Loong is a filmmaker and interactive media professional whose work has been exhibited worldwide. She directed the documentary Every Day Is a Holiday and has produced digital media projects with AMC Networks, nymag.com and Food & Wine magazine. A Harvard graduate, she has lectured at New York University and The New School.

Laura Nova is an artist and associate professor in creative art and technology at Bloomfield College in New Jersey. She received Lower Manhattan Cultural Council funding to create The Crescendo Project, an interactive praise-singing machine. She holds a master of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a Rotary scholar at Goldsmiths College.

Developers and Designers:

Pamela Jue, initially wanting to become an artist, pursued her BFA in Studio Arts at NYU. Following an unexpected and fortuitous path, she worked as a UI and visual designer in San Francisco and Shanghai for the past five years. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Interaction Design at SVA.

» Personal Website
» Follow on Tumblr
» Follow @psjue on Twitter

Steve Bussetti is a Senior Software Engineer currently working for the Freelancers Union of New York. Previously, he has helped build the digital systems for media oriented companies, from stock photography to music licensing and streaming to eBook publishing.

» Follow on GitHub

Working as an engineer through the last decade, Adam Chromicz helps companies large and small utilize their engineering strengths to overcome the challenge of creating innovating products that impact peoples' lives. An engineer by trade, Adam has completed a Masters degree in Design Science at the University of Sydney and an undergraduate degree in Computing in the Arts at University of California at San Diego.

» Company Website

Mentor:

Shana Cohen is a literary agent with Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, Inc., working in science fiction and fantasy, young adult, narrative non-fiction and memoir. She has spent the last few years focusing on eBook strategies, including converting the agency's out-of-print books to electronic books, and has recently been appointed QED (Queen of Everything Digital).

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How to Lose Your Virginity

How to Lose Your Virginity

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How to Lose Your Virginity is an eye-opening feature documentary about the myth and meaning of virginity in American culture. Bridging the chasm between what we're told our first times should be-and what they're really like-will be a digital crowd-sourced storytelling project.

» Official Film Website
» The First Person Archive
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» Follow on Tumblr
» Follow @trixiefilms on Twitter

Filmmakers:

Therese Shechter for the last decade has used humor-spiked, personal narrative to make award-winning documentaries such as I Was A Teenage Feminist and How I Learned to Speak Turkish. Her work has screened all over the world, and she's spoken at venues as diverse as Harvard University and Galapagos Art Space.

Ellice Litwak is interested in exploring the areas between autobiography and fiction. For the last three years, she has contributed her writing, editing and research expertise to "How to Lose Your Virginity." In addition to this documentary project, Ellice works for a New York-based LGBTQ Jewish organization.

Developer:

Steven Melendez is a programmer-journalist on the data news team at WNYC. Having previously worked as a developer and reporter, he holds an MS in journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in computer science from Harvard University.

» Company Website
» Follow @smelendez on Twitter

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The Human Experiment

The Human Experiment

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The Human Experiment is a documentary about the high-stakes battle to protect our health from the thousands of untested chemicals found in our everyday products. Stop the Experiment is its accompanying mobile app.

» Project Website
» Follow on Facebook
» Follow @ChemicalMovie on Twitter

Filmmakers:

Dana Nachman is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and former journalist whose documentaries have premiered at Toronto (2008) and Tribeca (2011) and received national television broadcasts on MSNBC and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Prior to directing independent documentary films, Dana spent 13 years producing, directing, and writing for television news.

Chelsea Matter is an independent documentary producer and audience engagement coordinator. A graduate of Stanford University, Chelsea's broadcast credits include producing and writing programs for The History Channel, The National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, Travel Channel, Plum TV and A&E.

» Follow @ChelseaMatter on Twitter

Developers and Designers:

With 13 years of experience, Mimi Flynn has contributed front end code for the likes of Vera Wang, Brides Magazine, NYSE Euronext, BAE Systems, the NFL, and the UT System. She is currently relaxing at a large financial firm by day, and moonlighting as CTO of Swingset Imagination.

» Personal Website

Christopher Castiglione is a front-end developer with a specialty in UX strategy and Wordpress. In the past, he has designed applications for clients ranging from The Black Eyed Peas, Toyota, Bacardi, CLIF Bar, and American Express. He also teaches the workshop "Programming for non-Programmers" at General Assembly.

» Personal Website
» Follow @castig on Twitter

Cameron Hickey is a developer, cinematographer and producer focused on documentary and television news, primarily for PBS. Hickey shoots and produces science stories for the PBS NewsHour, and has produced, directed, shot, and/or edited for PBS, BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg TV, The Carnegie Corporation, and WNET THIRTEEN. Hickey was a founding member of DocAgora, a doc-media thinktank focused on the intersection between documentary and interactive technology. Recently, Hickey won the Washington Post/ NPR/ Sunlight Foundation 2012 Election Hackathon with their project Capitol Clout.

» Personal Website

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The Whiteness Project

The Whiteness Project

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The Whiteness Project is a cross-platform investigation into how white Americans experience their ethnicity. It will live primarily on the Internet and will also have film and art-installation components.

Filmmaker:

Whitney Dow's directing credits include: Two Towns of Jasper, I Sit Where I Want, Unfinished Country and When the Drum is Beating. He has produced such films as Freedom Summer, Banished, The Undocumented and Toots, and been recognized with honors including the Peabody, a Columbia DuPont, Gotham, and Beacon Awards.

» Two Tone Productions

Developers:

John Kudos is a designer, educator, thinker, and strategist. He was a designer at Pentagram for 7 years, before co-founding Studio Kudos Design Collaboratory in 2008 where he produces editorial, interactive, and branded experiences in print, web, and spatial forms.

» Official Website
» Follow on Facebook
» Follow @studiokudos on Twitter

Sumit Paul is an interactive designer with a passion for typographically sound design and easy to use interactive experiences. At Studio Kudos, Sumit designs and develops experiences for the web and mobile devices.

» Follow @sumitpaul on Twitter

Researcher:

Chithra Jeyaram is filmmaker and physical therapist with an MFA in film from University of Texas at Austin. She is an adjunct faculty at George Washington University. Her formative years in India, Kuwait and USA give her multicultural sensibilities that allow her to navigate different worlds with ease and bring divergent viewpoints to any discussion naturally.

» Official Website
» Project: 1001 Breast Cancer Nights
» Follow @realtalkies on Twitter

Mentor:

Dante Chinni is the director of Patchwork Nation, a journalism project that won a 2009 Knight Batten Award, and author of the book Our Patchwork Nation. He writes the weekly Politics Counts column for the Wall Street Journal and has covered politics and media for almost two decades.

» Company Website
» Personal Website

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POV Hackathon 1 (August 11-12, 2012)

Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys

Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys

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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.

Filmmaker: Jessica Oreck

Jessica Oreck's first feature documentary, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, was released theatrically and aired on PBS's Independent Lens. She is currently in production on two new feature documentaries. Mysteries of Vernacular, her series of animated shorts, is now playing at the IFC Center in New York City.

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Developers:

Mike Knowlton A digital veteran of 20 years, Mike Knowlton is a recognized leader in the transmedia community in New York City. He co-founded the nonprofit, immersive storytelling community StoryCode. He has also founded and led a number of technology companies, including digital agency BASIK and interactive film company Murmur.

Hal Siegel
Hal Siegel's work represents a unique blend of storytelling, visual design, interaction design and usability. As a creative director at BASIK, he leads the development of Internet initiatives for arts and cultural organizations. He recently co-founded the interactive film company Murmur.

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Living Los Sures

Living Los Sures

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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.

Filmmakers:

Christopher Allen
Christopher Allen is founder of UnionDocs and an initiator of numerous experiments in documentary and interactive media. His individual works and collaborative productions have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Harvard's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the Volksbühne theater, Direktorenhaus in Berlin, Independent Film Week, and at Sonár, DIVA and the Conflux Festival.

Andre Almeida
Andre Almeida is a media theorist, filmmaker and Ph.D. candidate currently writing his dissertation on interactive documentary. He is affiliated with UnionDocs and the University of Porto and has been exploring the boundaries of nonfiction through linear features, including From New York With Love, and interactive projects.

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Developers & Designer:

Danny Bowman
Danny Bowman is a recent Bay Area transplant to New York City. He worked previously as a front-end software engineer at a social gaming startup in San Francisco and as a program manager and internal tools developer at Google.
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Kyle Warren
After completing a degree in computer science, Kyle Warren engineered the nonprofit site govoteabsentee.org for the 2008 election. He has recently worked on such products as Words with Friends, Timehop and projectOPEN, while finding time to cultivate his interest in software as art.
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Lucas Carlisle
Lucas Carlisle is a graphic designer and art director specializing in interactive media. He is a UnionDocs Collaborative alumnus and designer for The Huffington Post.
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Op-Video

Op-Video

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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.

Filmmaker:

Joe Posner
Joe Posner works at the intersection of documentary film, motion design and music. His work as a mixed-media director has appeared in Newsweek, The Daily Beast and APM: Marketplace, and he has contributed motion design to several documentary feature films.

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» Official Site: thedailybeast.com/video
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Developers:

Lam Thuy Vo
Lam Thuy Vo is a multi-platform journalist currently producing infographics, videos and animations for The Wall Street Journal and NPR's Planet Money. She is an instructor in multimedia and data journalism and has spoken at conferences and universities around the world.
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Susan E. McGregor
Susan E. McGregor was the Senior Programmer on the News Graphics team at the Wall Street Journal Online for four years before leaving to join the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in 2011. An expert developer in multiple languages, Susan specializes in areas of data journalism and information visualization.
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Feed Me A Story

Feed Me a Story

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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.

Filmmakers:

Theresa Loong
Theresa Loong is a filmmaker and interactive media professional whose work has been exhibited worldwide. She directed the documentary Every Day Is a Holiday and has produced digital media projects with AMC Networks, nymag.com and Food & Wine magazine. A Harvard graduate, she has lectured at New York University and The New School.

Laura Nova
Laura Nova is an artist and associate professor in creative art and technology at Bloomfield College in New Jersey. She received Lower Manhattan Cultural Council funding to create The Crescendo Project, an interactive praise-singing machine. She holds a master of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a Rotary scholar at Goldsmiths College.

» Project site: feedmeastory.com
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Developers & Designers:

Lauren Hasson
Lauren Hasson is an iOS developer with a degree in electrical engineering, computer science and economics from Duke University. She is a graduate of Leadership Texas and is co-chair of the Dallas chapter of Women in Wireless. She currently develops iOS apps at Bottle Rocket Apps in Dallas, which she describes as "the greatest place to work on Earth."
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Sumin Chou
Sumin Chou is Co-Founder and Principal of Concentric Studio and oversees strategic direction, conceptual and aesthetic design as well as engineering for all projects. An interactive industry veteran, Sumin previously served as design director for New York Times Digital, where he oversaw all interactive design projects.

Sonna Kim
Sonna Kim is a visual designer and musician with experience creating interactive applications and websites for Fortune 100 companies and startups. She has degrees from Princeton, MIT and Parsons and has performed on the cello at major international festivals.

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Two participants share their story with StoryCorps (Photo by Tony Rinaldo)

StoryCorps Audio Slideshows

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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.

Filmmakers:

Michael Garofalo
Michael Garofalo is senior producer for StoryCorps, where he leads the production team. He has had a hand in nearly all of StoryCorps' content, including producing segments for NPR's Morning Edition and the StoryCorps podcast and co-producing animated shorts on POV.

Isaac Kestenbaum
Isaac Kestenbaum is the production manager for StoryCorps. He previously worked as a reporter for the Portland Press Herald and logged many hours as an erstwhile farmer and lobsterman. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

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Developers:

Antonio Kaplan
Antonio Kaplan is the CEO of Innovent and creator of the Transmedia Toolbox. Leveraging decades of experience in online video and media, he co-founded Innovent to help media creators use technological innovation to realize their creative and commercial goals.
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Matt Oltendorf
Matt Oltendorf works in Interactive Development at Innovent, working directly with clients, taking project visions and inventing new unique ways to efficiently achieve the project goals.

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