News, , , , , , , — October 14, 2011 16:10 — 0 Comments

Sundance Institute to support transmedia projects

Six artist teams and projects selected for inaugural New Frontier Story Lab at Sundance Resort

The Sundance Institutehas announced a new initiative specifically for transmedia and to support artists and creators developing projects that explore the convergence of film and new media technologies.

The New Frontier Story Lab will convene on 23 October for six days of workshops at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

As more film-makers look to transmedia to reach new audiences, specifically on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, this is a significant announcement by the Sundance Institute.

The six projects range from an examination of the Egyptian riots to the story of a filmmaker finding her estranged father on Facebook to a project that imagines Shakespeare’s heroes fighting the bard’s villains.

Other projects include black male identity in the US, Somali pirates and  a film linked to the Rome concept album  by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, which explains its cinematic themes.

Organised as an immersive lab experience, activities will include individualized story sessions, conversations about key artistic, design and technology issues, and case study presentations.

The Lab with also drawing talent and expertise from across Sundance Institute’s creative programs, including Feature Film, Documentary Film, and the Sundance Film Festival.

The Lab has been planned under the supervision of Michelle Satter, Director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program.

“Over the past few years, new forms of storytelling have emerged and already proven the potential to engage audiences in creative and innovative ways,” said Satter. “We created the New Frontier Story Lab to support visionary artists developing projects that will change the way we experience stories in the future. We are thrilled to include such an exciting group of projects in our inaugural Lab.”

The artist teams and projects selected for the New Frontier Story Lab are:

18 Days in Egypt
Jigar Mehta & Yasmin Elayat

18 Days in Egypt is a interactive documentary project that will tell the story of the first 18 days of the Egyptian revolution through the media (videos, photos, tweets and other electronic media) generated by those there. The context for the contributed media will be crowdsourced by the project’s community.

Follow Back
Brigitte Dale & Robbie Wilkins

When Jane stumbles upon her estranged father’s Facebook page,  she and her boyfriend Mark decide to embark on a road trip to anonymously catch a glimpse of  her father and his new family. During this fictional,  interactive experience, “Jane” and “Mark” will share their journey in real-time via social media, eventually culminating in a feature film that explores the modern dilemma of having your past be ever present.

Kill Shakespeare
Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery

In a world where Shakespeare’s characters struggle for freedom, Hamlet struggles to rally a group of the Bard’s greatest heroes to battle the evil forces of Shakespeare’s most frightening villains. Based on the comic series by Del Col & McCreery, Kill Shakespeare is being developed as a feature film, a game, and a theatre experience.

The Last Hijack
Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting

The failed nation-state of Somalia has become one of the poorest and most dangerous countries on earth. With their traditional fishing livelihoods blighted by drought, chronic corruption, and the pillaging of their seas by foreign vessels, Somalia has become a breeding ground for hijacking and extortion by a new band of sea rovers. The Last Hijack is a feature documentary and interactive online experience that uses film and animation to tell the story of these men that took matters into their own hands, landing million dollar bounties with each heist.

Question Bridge: Black Males
Chris Johnson & Hank Willis Thomas

Question Bridge: Black Males is a transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. Through video mediated question and answer exchange, diverse members of this “demographic” bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions.

Chris Milk

Originally a concept album for a film that does not (yet) exist, Rome is a multiplatform interactive narrative experience inspired by the music produced by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (featuring Jack White, Norah Jones, and Ennio Morricone’s original 40 piece orchestra from Italy). The project will culminate in a feature film produced by Likely Story and Annapurna Pictures and adapted from the novel “The Reapers are the Angels” which will tie all the threads together in one cohesive narrative.

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