2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Tool-Kit for Crafting an Interactive Documentary

Monday, March 16
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Austin Suite
Austin Convention Center


Interactive documentary projects are collaborations between filmmaker, technologist and designer. Each party brings to the project a language specific to their respective medium, and each can have something the other needs. A filmmaker can be looking for interactive non-linearity to give new meaning to their narrative, while the designer and technologist can be seeking out the cinematic linearity of film to give essential meaning to their aesthetic and code. The artistic success of a project is related to how deep these transactions go, and to what extent perceived barriers between film, design and code are eliminated. Filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace and Toronto-based Helios Design Labs worked remotely for six months to produce the interactive documentary essay "After the Storm." By using this project as a test-case, this session will present a tool-kit of ideas for other creators in the medium while exploring the how and why of interactive, web-native nonfiction storytelling.


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Alex Wittholz

Creative Dir

Helios Design Labs

Alex is Partner and Creative Director at Helios Design Labs. Born in Germany and raised in South East Asia, Alex grew up surrounded by both the minimalism of modern European design as well as the v...

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Andrew Grace


Moon Winx Films

Andrew Beck Grace is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose films have aired on Public Television stations and at film festivals across the country. In 2014, his film “Eating Alabama” was awa...

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Cathy Fischer

Sr Content Producer


Cathy R Fischer, cross-platform content producer/marketer/connector and translator, began her career as a publicity intern for director Robert Altman. After working in independent film, the perform...

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Mike Robbins


Helios Design Labs

Mike is a Partner and Creative Technologist at Helios Design Labs, where he has been for the last 15 years. He oversees the interactive part of Helios' creative output. Recent storytelling projects...

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