April 18th 10:00am Keynote: Training for Space Lucy McRae, Science Fiction Artist, Director and Body Architect Full of contagious energy Lucy takes audiences out of their comfort zone. She articulates her relationship with the world using her own body as a mechanism for prototyping the future. And now she is training for space.
April 18th 10:45am The Rules of Our Digital Culture Andrew Golis, Founder and CEO, This Andrew talks about how social media companies set the rules in our digital culture and how he is trying to rewrite those rules with This., a website that, according to The New York Times, has users "clamoring for an invite."
April 18th 10:55am The People’s Platform Astra Taylor, Author and Filmmaker Cultural commentator, filmmaker and author Astra Taylor, brings us a debate on the place of the web as a democratizing force. The Internet is said to be a space of democratic expression, both culturally and politically. This talk will examine and challenge that claim through the lenses of documentary filmmaking and activism, making the case that in order to take advantage of the democratic potential of the net we first need to be more critical about its failings.
April 18th 11:10am Using Interactive Art to Nurture the Commons Kawandeep Virdee, Co-Founder of New American Public Art, Head of Product at Embedly Interactive and collaborative works can bring people together and make places more welcoming - both in digital and physical space. This collective medium has the power to cultivate a multitude of narratives to create personally meaningful experiences.
April 18th 11:20am Do Not Track Brett Gaylor, Director, Do Not Track Brett Gaylor is watching you - Do Not Track, also presenting at Storyscapes, takes you on a journey where you are as much the subject as the viewer. In this online series users are tracked in real time as they experience the narrative.
April 18th 11:30am Read all about it? The future of The Guardian in video and words Charlie Phillips, Head of Documentaries, The Guardian The Guardian is expanding. Already the second most-visited English-Language newspaper website in the world, what is The Guardian hoping to achieve and how is going to build and maintain an audience who may still think of it as a written news source to be visited briefly when big stories break? What does this mean for the future of the newspaper, and just as importantly, what does this mean for the factual media-maker? The Guardian's Head of Documentaries will explain the organization's current plans and map out where the digital future lies for organizations like The Guardian.
April 18th 11:45am A Campfire for the World: Doodles and Delight Ryan Germick, Team Lead, Google Doodles It’s a talk about Google Doodles. Need we say more?
April 18th 12:00pm True Stories Told Sideways Amy Rose, ANAGRAM May Abdalla, ANAGRAM Amy and May, the creators behind Door Into The Dark, will talk about creating a feeling of being lost through built environments and how they push all of our senses to create a truly immersive experience. They will also be presenting at Storyscapes, created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, the third annual complimentary showcase of interactive installations and a variety of experiential programs covering a range of tech disciplines, from virtual reality to hacking.
April 18th 12:10pm The Long View Eline Jongsma, Directors, Jongsma + O'Neill Kel O’Neill, Directors, Jongsma + O'Neill New storytelling technologies appear every day, but great projects take years to create. Directors Kel O’Neill and Eline Jongsma talk about the four-year, ten-country journey behind their interactive documentary Empire and discuss the virtues and curses of working with cutting-edge technology.
April 18th 12:30pm AT&T Hack Challenge Presentation: helloWorld John Benton, Director A special presentation from a month-long AT&T supported hack to create a mobile driven interactive story experience. codeGirl is a beacon-based interactive story involving hackers, surveillance and a complicated father-daughter relationship. See the prototype and hear how they did it.
April 18th 12:45pm TFI New Media Fund Project Showcase Part 1 Ram Devineni Whitney Dow Maria Court The TFI New Media Fund, supported by the Ford Foundation, funds interactive non-fiction projects around social issues. Presenting projects; Priya's Shakti - Ram Devineni, Whiteness Project - Whitney Dow, and Quipu Project – Maria Court.
April 18th 1:00pm {The And} presented by IDFA DocLab Topaz Adizes, Director Nathan Phillips, Director Special interactive documentary screening. Introduced by Caspar Sonnen, IDFA DocLab, {The And} is an interactive experience that places viewers in the the intimate space between couples.
April 18th 1:30pm Lunch
April 18th 2:30pm TFI New Media Fund Project Showcase Part 2 Arnaud Colinart Katie McKenna Mike Robbins Wendy Levy The TFI New Media Fund, supported by the Ford Foundation, funds interactive non-fiction projects around social issues. Presenting projects; Notes on Blindness - Arnaud Colinart, This Changes Everything - Katie McKenna and Mike Robbins, and Oakland Fence Project - Wendy Levy
April 18th 2:50pm The Right Tools Jessica Clark, Director, Dot Connector Studio Looking at the right tools for strategizing around media with impact - a look at the Interactive Media Impact Working Group and the tools that are being developed to support creators in this field.
April 18th 3:00pm NYC to Tehran Amar C. Bakshi, Founder & Lead Artist, Shared_Studios Amar will discuss the work of Shared_Studios, a multidisciplinary arts, design and technology collective focused on carving wormholes throughout the world. In particular, he’ll describe how the group seeks to ground the connective potential of new technology in physical spaces to create more accessible, secure, and sacred encounters between diverse populations – from NYC to Tehran.
April 18th 3:10pm See, Hear – Act? Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS How do we use live and immersive video to drive empathetic real-time connection and co-presence with people in crisis? How could distant witnesses use their skills, networks and collective leverage to the maximum effect, and translate feeling and experience into relevant, real-time actions in solidarity and support?
April 18th 3:30pm You and me as data points Lam Thuy Vo, Interactive Editor, Al Jazeera America Lam Thuy Vo has been creating delightful, surprising and moving experiences through data. Data sets can seem like sterile and clinical starting points for finding stories. But there's a way to find a range of human experiences within data sets, to find the individual behind the data point and to explore storytelling that connects the far with the near view.
April 18th 3:50pm Life Coaching Matt Adams, Artist, Blast Theory Karen is a life-coach app that wants to get to know you a little too well. Blast Theory’s project, also presenting at Storyscapes, looks at our relationship with data and technology.
April 18th 4:00pm Why a Game? Ryan Green, Co-Creator, Numinous Games Josh Larson, Co-Creators, Numinous Games If books are for telling, and films are for showing, and games are for playing, what is the medium for being? And should it matter to us? Join us as we explore videogames, narrative, and the development of That Dragon, Cancer, a videogame about loving Joel, a boy with cancer.
April 18th 4:20pm Incubating The Arts Julia Kaganskiy, Director, NEW INC. As head of the first museum lead incubator for art, technology and design, Julia looks at how to support artists and creative entrepreneurs and create a vibrant environment for good things to happen.
April 18th 4:30pm Your Experience Is the Documentary Ida Benedetto, Co-Founder & Experience Designer, Sextantworks Experience design can be used to sell products, make websites more enjoyable, or usher people into fictional worlds. But what about using experience design as a documentary art? Ida will share anecdotes from designing analogy games and trespass adventures that evoked reality in surprising ways.
April 18th 4:40pm Empathy and Virtual Reality BeAnotherLab BeAnotherLab are presenting their Machine To Be Another in this year’s Storyscapes, a unique virtual reality experience and performance. They take the stage to interrogate what it means to understand others.
April 18th 4:50pm Seven Digital Deadly Sins, Live presented by IDFA DocLab Ophira Eisenberg, Host of Ask Me Another, NPR Loc Dao, Head of Digital Content and Strategy, National Film Board of Canada Janine Steele, National Film Board of Canada A special interactive event to close out the day. Test your limits. Live. As we push the boundaries of your internet etiquette in a way that is humorous, ethical and very entertaining.
April 18th 5:30pm Reception presented by AT&T
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11:30am Creator Talk: Confinement Matthew Cooke, Filmmaker
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12:30pm Google Your Doodle Ryan Germick, Team Lead, Google Doodles
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1:30pm Werewolf Mania
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3:00pm Creating Your Own VR World Brian Chirls, POV
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4:30pm Creator Talk: One Dark Night Michael Licht, Emblematic Group
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5:30pm Werewolf Mania
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Lucy McRae

Science Fiction Artist, Director and Body Architect

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Andrew Golis

Founder and CEO, This

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Astra Taylor

Author and Filmmaker

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Kawandeep Virdee

Co-Founder of New American Public Art, Head of Product at Embedly

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Brett Gaylor

Director, Do Not Track

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Charlie Phillips

Head of Documentaries, The Guardian

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Ryan Germick

Team Lead, Google Doodles

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Amy Rose

ANAGRAM

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May Abdalla

ANAGRAM

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Eline Jongsma

Directors, Jongsma + O'Neill

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Kel O’Neill

Directors, Jongsma + O'Neill

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John Benton

Director

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Ram Devineni

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Whitney Dow

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Maria Court

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Topaz Adizes

Director

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Nathan Phillips

Director

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Arnaud Colinart

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Katie McKenna

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Mike Robbins

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Wendy Levy

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Jessica Clark

Director, Dot Connector Studio

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Amar C. Bakshi

Founder & Lead Artist, Shared_Studios

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Sam Gregory

Program Director, WITNESS

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Lam Thuy Vo

Interactive Editor, Al Jazeera America

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Matt Adams

Artist, Blast Theory

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Ryan Green

Co-Creator, Numinous Games

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Josh Larson

Co-Creators, Numinous Games

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Julia Kaganskiy

Director, NEW INC.

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Ida Benedetto

Co-Founder & Experience Designer, Sextantworks

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BeAnotherLab

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Ophira Eisenberg

Host of Ask Me Another, NPR

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Loc Dao

Head of Digital Content and Strategy, National Film Board of Canada

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Janine Steele

National Film Board of Canada

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Matthew Cooke

Filmmaker

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Brian Chirls

POV

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Michael Licht

Emblematic Group