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Work in Festival Documentaries: Can We Talk About It?

What does it take to showcase workplace issues in a festival documentary? While at the Tribeca Film Festival, which showcases an eclectic variety of documentary styles and subjects and has been heralded as a better spot for docs than fiction, I spent some time trying to figure out how work is represented. Read more...

Interactive Everywhere! Takeaways from Tribeca

TFI InteractiveAt the Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes, Games for Change, and  Tribeca Interactive Day, mediamakers were deluged with insights about interactivity and storytelling.

Panelists echoed each other on key concepts, in what speakers widely agreed was a sometimes-painful but steady transition to distributed, collaborative, and often immersive storytelling. Read more...

Linear Storytelling, CDs and Privacy: RIP? Social Learning Summit Takeaways

At the annual Social Learning Summit at American University, the mesage was this: Storytelling is key, but not your father’s or even older brother’s beginning-middle-and-end kind of storytelling.

Especially the part about the end. As keynoter Joe Gizzi from MXM argued in a presentation about how corporate brands are seducing us these days, stories don’t end any more. "Linear storytelling is officially dead," he pronounced. Read more...

SXSW: Unbranded and Branded Content, Documentarians, and Journalists

Beginning with the EndBranded content, from advertising to sponsored work, has long used the skills of filmmakers and (often ex-) journalists. At SXSW 2014, unbranded content--sponsored but without an obvious pitch for product or even necessarily a direct link to the sponsor--was in full flourish, with companies recruiting for talent.  The biggest question for recruits may be ethics. Read more...

SXSW: The Colors and Cultures of Documentaries

The Great InvisibleIs diversity an afterthought in film fest programming or is the production pipeline just really skewed toward the same race and class segregation as the rest of society? And is there anything to do about it? The SXSW lineup is only the latest to provoke that thought for me, and AJ Schnack’s gutsy call to harder-edged, more thoughtful discussion in docs triggers the thought to raise it in public, even though festivals are typically a moment to celebrate achievement. Read more...