Continuing our spotlight on 2012 TFI New Media Fund grantees from #TFIi, today we focus on Elaine McMillion's Hollow, Hank Willis Thomas' Question Bridge: Black Males (which is currently doing a Kickstarter campaign for their interactive site) and Theo Rigby's Immigrant Nation.
Here's a little bit about each project:
Hollow: Like many post-industrial communities across the country, McDowell County, W. Va., is struggling to survive. Through Hollow, the Appalachian community represents themselves and their challenges as they see fit. Hollow combines video portraits, interactive data visualizations, social media and user-generated content delivered on an HTML5 website to support engagement and inspire change.
Question Bridge: A transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine black male identity in America. Through video mediated question and answer exchange facilitated through strategic digital channels, diverse members of this “demographic” bridges economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions.
Immigrant Nation: Nearly every person in the U.S. has an immigration journey—be it their own or the voyage of a relative in the past. As the topic of immigration divides communities across the country, our shared history can create commonality between recent immigrants and those whose families have lived in the U.S. for generations. Immigrant Nation will use documentary film, user-generated storytelling, and data visualization to provide a social space for communities to share and connect with their immigrant histories.
TFI Interactive is the all-day event our Digital Initiatives department headed with leadership support from the Ford Foundation during the Tribeca Film Festival that's dedicated to inspire content creators.