Great new media ideas this year -> IDFA DocLab 2009

This year’s IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam) is off and racing. For those interested in keeping abreast with documentary’s new media “genre”, check out their rich IDFA Doclab 2009.

Their blog says “IDFA’s Doc Lab investigates the relationship between documentary film-making and new media. The program is open to all media that can be used to tell a documentary story. During the festival, Doc Lab presents films, web documentaries, and installations that innovate the documentary genre.”

From the projects I’ve explored so far, I am impressed with multi-format, interactive “choose you own adventure” story of  The Big Issue (although the content is very graphic and confronting). The global film wiki idea behind Man With A Movie Camera: The Global Remake could definitely be applied to other globally themed topics. The beautiful serenade Waterlife, shows us an example of how tone can be achieved in new media. And, for documentary boffins, dig deep into a lively discussion about Capturing reality: the art of documentary.

by Citt Williams on November 20, 2009 - Comments (00)  

Delicious Simplicity with a strong message

The Story of stuff is an easy to understand documentary about the material economy and consumerism presented in a series of cartoons full of good humor.

It is a very creative and effective movie that really makes you think and reconsider how your daily life affects the environment. The presenter, Annie Leonard, explains that we are living in a linear system, that is rapidly using up our planet’s natural resources.

I really like this movie because it is a powerful example of how you can use the Web as an open channel to present ideas. It is simplicity at its best, no over production here! In my view, this is one of the best documentaries that you can find on the net. Go ahead and watch the video below:

by david on February 6, 2008 - Comments (00)  

Internet, culture and creativity

100_0005There is a very interesting debate taking place on various blogs related to the book by Andrew Keen called “The Cult of the Amateur: How blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest of today’s user-generated media are destroying our economy, our culture and our values.”
I first read about it on Ewan McIntosh’s edu-blog and he points us to the excellent review by Dave Weinberger. There are a lot of twists and turns in the arguments that I will not go into and considerable merit in both points of view (for and against). This really is a topic that we need to focus more attention on and explore further.
How does it affect us? Here in the UNU Media Studio, where we are promoting the Do-it-yourself approach to creating learning resources, this is a topic we often talk about. We want the average professor, the average student, the average anybody to be able to create and share their learning materials. But this is much harder to do than it is to imagine.
So essentially, the issue here when looking at Keen’s book, from my perspective, is not so much whether the Internet is changing culture, economy and values in good and bad ways, but more simply a question of whether these new technologies and the associated shifts in culture, values, economy, etc, can be harnessed to make the world a better place – both online and off?
This brings us back to Richard Florida’s 2002 book on the Rise of the Creative Class (in general, not just via the Internet) where he warns that poverty, unemployment, and other social ills may worsen with the rise of the creative class, without appropriate human interventions. Sometimes I worry that we may lose sight of this with all these super cool technologies and wonderful new content.

by Brendan Barrett on November 20, 2007 - Comments (04)  

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