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Gaza Sderot - Life in spite of everything IDFA DocLab 2010 | The official new media program of IDFA, showcasing new forms of documentary storytelling, digital technology and media art. Inside Shelbyville Multimedia's Ambitious Immigration Project Shelbyville project kicks off with a series of “Welcoming” videos Chances are you haven’t yet heard of Shelbyville, a small rural community in Tennessee. If not, then you’re probably also unaware of the upcoming “Welcome to Shelbyville” documentary or the online project that is forging a pilot, or prototype, for communities to tell and share their own stories. So let me share my initial impressions of this remarkable, ambitious effort. Last Monday I was lucky enough to be a part of a “digital brain trust” of 20 progressive media and non-profit representatives at the Bay Area Video Coalition headquarters. What is the Shelbyville Project? Miss Marilyn, a retired public elementary school teacher who taught in Shelbyville Active Voice conceived the vision of building a story-driven web platform and brought together a team consisting of Free Range Studios, a creative services firm, and documentary filmmaker Kelly Whalen, who produced webisodes for the project. Positive Stories

Interactive Documentary A Short History of the Highrise This latest episode in a multi-annual documentary project highlights the history of the vertical living, from the Tower of Babel to the skyscrapers in New York. Katerina Cizeks’s interactive documentary project Highrise, about living high above the ground, is also growing to epic proportions. After the portraits of apartment dwellers in Out My Window and the dreams of the future of architects in One Millionth Tower, this latest installment highlights the history of vertical living. It goes back much further than 1884, when the first skyscrapers were born in New York. Pre-industrial man already built into the sky with clay and mud: from the biblical Tower of Babel to the spectacular cave dwellings in the mountains of Arizona. The concrete revolution that marked the 20th century is now making room for a third phase: greenhouse skyscrapers. Tags Available Online, Doclab 2013, DocLab Competition, Interactive, Participatory, Photography, Shorts / Series, Video Project details

Théorie du flow et webdocumentaires Avez-vous déjà entendu parler de Football Manager ? Comme son nom l’indique, ce titre est un jeu de simulation qui vous met dans la peau d’un « manager » de club de foot, un super-entraîneur qui définit la tactique de son équipe, supervise ses entraînements, décide des transferts de joueurs etc. Quand j’ai commencé à jouer à Football Manager, il y a maintenant une bonne dizaine d’années, le jeu était repoussant au possible. Et pourtant, si j’ai fini par me séparer de mon CD de Football Manager, ce n’est pas par dégoût. Régulièrement, je lançais une « petite partie » à 20 heures pour relever le nez de mon écran le lendemain matin, les oiseaux accueillant ma victoire en ligue des champions de leurs gazouillis. Alors avant d’aller plus loin, petit point théorique. Le « cognitive flow » (ou « flux cognitif ») est un concept formalisé en 1970 par le psychologue hongrois Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. Le pouvoir de Football Manager est donc de faire naître un état de flow parfait. Conclusion :

NFB/Interactive - National Film Board of Canada At the NFB we like change. For 70 years we've experimented, innovated, and produced a legacy of technical and creative firsts in cinema, animation, and documentary. Think McLaren, Lipsett, Brittain, and Jutra; Stereoscopic 3d, VTR, and participatory media. Today, the way we create, consume, and connect with each other changes by the minute. And this evolving collection of stories reflects that reality. It's the result of artists and storytellers of all sorts utilizing new technology, to explore new forms of creation, for a new kind of Canada. The stories they're telling here are new, but share a lot in common with the work that came before: they present distinct voices, strong points-of-view, and unique perspectives. So let the conversation begin. Scary or otherwise.

Planet Galata 250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia Visual artists Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum lived in Philadelphia for 7 months. New to the city, they invited inhabitants, both human and non-human, to explain their city through movement. Wandering by themselves, the protagonists recorded their trajectories, sounds and private readings of the streets, allowing the artists, and visitors of the website with them, to access their experiences only afterwards. An innovative cartographic approach introduces a landscape of satellite images where one can travel along with the protagonists, while balancing between voyeurism and empathy. The meditative experience questions our contemporary techo-society, where eavesdropping and social connectivity coexist. Tags Available Online, DocLab 2015 Project details Year of development :2015 Created by:Esther Polak & Ivar van Bekkum Available formats

Digital Storytelling in the Cloud Sheffield Doc/Fest: HOME Jake, Not finished yet. Director/ producer Ian Thomas Ash has teamed up with producer/ cameraman Colin O’Neill for “Jake, not finished yet”. Joining them on the crew is newcomer Jake Caswell, the subject from the title, who along with co-directing also serves as second camera. Ian helps direct Jake as he directs his own story. Formerly the subject in Ian’s documentary, “the ballad of vicki and jake”, about him and his mother, Vicki, Jake now turns his camera on Ian and Colin. Once again the filmmakers are intertwined in a story that blurs the boundaries between filmmaker and subject. While Jake and Ian are connected through Vicki, their bond becomes stronger when Ian experiences another great loss.