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Water Under the Bridge: Keeping Stories Afloat Across the Transmedia Ocean

Co-Authored by Andrea Olson and Laine Kaplan-Levenson

How do we tell stories? We tell them on porches, around fires, over drinks, on the phone, vCowbirdia text (or as ‘dem kids call it, ‘sext’), and now on the Internet. We have no choice but to adjust to the online environment for storytelling, and sometimes it feels like the medium has drowned the message in a sea of slick mash-ups, verbose cats and (insert current viral meme sensation here). In our quest to tell the story of the complex and unprecedented reconstruction of New Orleans from many points of view, the Land of Opportunity project has always demanded an eventual reach beyond the boundaries of a traditional feature film.   Read more...

Filmmaker Nefin Dinc on "The Other Town"

When Turkish filmmaker Nefin Dinc was a graduate student in Great Britain, she noticed that while her Greek friends and Turkish friends "liked each other a lot," they also repeated similar ideas about the other that favored their own country: "the Turkish side would say that the Greeks had 'Megali Idea', which means they want to expand and get Turkish lands still, and the Greeks would say that Turkey would attack Greece if she had the chance." Dinc realized that the basis for many Read more...

Sparkwise: A New and Innovative Tool for Measuring Media Impact

Tomorrow Partners, a Berkeley based strategic design firm, recently launched a free cloud-based online tool for aggregating all sorts of metrics, including social media and web presence in a personalized dashboard.Read more...

Land of Opportunity Demo

Land of OpportunityOne of the great projects being showcased through the Living Docs intiative to foster a community of web-native documentary development is Luisa Dantas's Land of Opportuntiy. Grown out of the documentary by the same name, Luisa is deep in the trenches creating an interactive web player to harness the resources and collaboration of partners working toward affordable housing, urban planning and other pressing issues. YOU CAN HELP! Check out Luisa's message about the demo: Read more...

Free Speech at Full Frame

Full FrameDocumentary has always been an exercise in freedom of expression. This year's Full Frame Documentary Festival put the spotlight on free speech and the filmmakers who are taking risks to showcase our first amendment rights. Read more...