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Funded by NFB , Canada’s public producer and distributor, Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison directed Bear 71 , an app-enabled interactive documentary and installation in Utah. The work presents a powerful story from the perspective of a female grizzly bear who comments on the Banff National Park rangers tracking her to reveal insights on the relationship of wildlife to the digital world. The emotional narrative provides insight on the conditions of wildlife in the age of networks, information exchange, and digital surveillance and more importantly draws a striking parallel between how the web tracks people to gather information and how animals are surveilled to provide security.
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It’s usually a good thing when technology and creativity intersect, and that’s why it’s so easy to love projects like Bear 71 , which surpasses everything I previously believed was possible to do with a documentary. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada ’s digital studio, the documentary is constructed as an interactive online experience that observes and records the intersection of humans, nature and technology. The story follows a female grizzly bear, named Bear 71 by the park rangers who track her. The bear’s story speaks to how we coexist with wildlife in an age of networks, surveillance and digital information, and blurs the line between the wild and wired worlds. More from Bear 71: Audiences from around the world are invited to use their smartphones to become a part of the interactive forest environment…and be present virtually at Sundance.
Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today announced the artists and projects to be featured in the 2012 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival. New Frontier is a social and creative space designed to enrich the festival environment and expand cinema culture by showcasing media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences and panel discussions that explore the convergence of art, technology and storytelling. 2012 will mark the sixth year of New Frontier, which is curated by Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer. A preview is available at http://www.sundance.org/newfrontier . New for 2012, New Frontier has moved to The Yard (1251 Kearns Blvd.) in Park City.
Director: Leanne Allison , Jeremy Mendes Screenwriters: J. B.