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Storytelling Devices in Interactive Documentary


Using real world examples from a sampling of interactive web-based documentaries, the panel will discuss the specific “Cinematic” and ”Digimatic” devices that makers of interactive documentary are employing to engage their viewers. Our big question is: Once you get past the interface, are people really engaging with the content of these projects in a meaningful way? We will consider ways that interactive filmmakers could more consciously exploit the unique aspects of the digital platform to engage their audiences.


Bart Marable Creative Director Terra Incognita

Bart has been telling interactive stories for 20 years. He has extensive experience designing projects for web, touchscreen, and mobile platforms, with core expertise in museum-related content. Bart has designed dozens of award-winning projects for clients such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Library of Congress, National Park Service, J. Paul Getty Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Lucasfilm. His work has been honored with dozens of industry awards from the Webbys, American Association of Museums (MUSE Awards), Communication Arts, ID Magazine, and Museums and the Web.

Florian Thalhofer Artist, Documentary Maker, Software Developer Korsakow-Institut

Thalhofer was born 1972 in a small town in Bavaria. He is the inventor of Korsakow a software and a principle to structure narrations. Thalhofer found out, how the world works .
He lives and works in Berlin.

Karen Kocher Producer UT Austin

Karen Kocher has been creating "new" media since 1995. Her projects include Austin Past and Present, a digital interactive history of Austin, Zilker Trek, a mobile media scavenger hunt; and work-in-progress, Living Springs, a wed-based documentary about Barton Springs

Laura Dixon Instructor The University of Texas at Austin

I'm a PhD student at UT Austin researching online documentary practices (Kickstarter, open source footage, social networking sites, etc.) and the changes to documentary narrative and audience relations. I also have experience in film distribution (Facets Multimedia; Women Make Movies) and currently manage the online presence for Nancy Schiesari's film, Canine Soldiers.