Interactive documentary gets meta with newest contribution to the form Moments of Innovation. An interactive documentary work about, well, interactive documentary, it concisely covers everything that’s exciting right now about non-fiction on the web. The boffins at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab have partnered with IDFA DocLab to create the project, which is also currently in installation form at IDFA in Amsterdam.
Mobile filmmaking is taking off in a big way around the world, with more and more showcase events, festivals and groups emerging that are dedicated to the humble phone camera. One group gaining momentum is MINA, the Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa. Founded in New Zealand, MINA is a global network set up to explore the emerging possibilities in mobile media and filmmaking.
The Australian production,Yogawoman focuses on the explosion of yoga in the west – specifically the United States. The documentary, which begins as a gentle exploration of the genesis of yoga as an activity for men, celebrates the shift towards a women-centric activity that embraces community in such diverse spaces as hospitals and prisons, contributing to health rehabilitation and pre-natal care and as a coping mechanism for daily stress.
Early last year I wrote a blog about a short online surfing film, Dark Side of the Lens that had managed to break most of the usual surfing film cliches. Well I’ve now discovered the skiing version. Having declared I was done with all skiing films forever, I nearly refused to watch when my skiing-mad better half presented this video to me on a laptop.
Here at Home is an ambitious new webdoc from the Canadian National Film Board. Piggy-backing on a major Canadian research project on homelessness, it shows what the future of socially engaged webdocs might look like. It also showcases some of the unique features of a webdoc: ability to add more content over time as the project itself does, and ability to represent and navigate the content spatially.
So, Kony. I might be a little late to this party in blogging terms but since the video’s launch I’ve been chewing over the whole thing - the video, the backlash, the broader campaign. For anyone who’s been in solitary isolation for the past few months, a quick recap. On March 5th, the video Kony 2012 was launched online by US-based non-government organisation Invisible Children. The stated aim was to reveal to the world the crimes of Ugandan militant Joseph Kony in recruiting child soldiers, and thus create such international attention and pressure that efforts to catch him would be increased. Or, in the words of the video, to ‘make Kony famous’.
Land, Money and Power… Dig deep into Australia’s epic history of mining.
A simple and concise introduction to the life of world champion cyclist, Cadel Evans.
Discover le Tour - the tactics, achievements, scandals and names you should know.