Monday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
History seems far from reaching an end but the history-documentary may be closer to its demise. Web-interactive formats are breathing fresh life into the genre. The director of the webdoc FARSELONA invites storytellers to ponder on how transmedia and other technologies help keep vital historical content appealing to future generations. The session looks into other history webdocs that stray from traditional documentary maxims and reach out to younger users. This can be done without sacrificing in-depth content: it appears there is no need to underestimate the public's ability to tackle complex themes, as long as said subject matter is presented in the most capturing of forms: interaction.
Writer & Co-Dir
Brazilian-born Kika Serra has worked as writer on over a dozen history documentaries, be them about the urban guerrila in 1970s Brazil, the impact of music recording technologies – from the Phonogr...Show the rest
Brazilian-born Kika Serra has worked as writer on over a dozen history documentaries, be them about the urban guerrila in 1970s Brazil, the impact of music recording technologies – from the Phonograph cylinder to digital formats – on Brazilian music, or the evolution of a city like Rio de Janeiro from a marshy colonial outpost into a megalopolis.
Based in Spain since 2014, she wrote and co-directed Farselona (2015), a web-interactive documentary about the historical context surrounding the invention of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. The webdoc has stirred interesting reactions on a territory immersed in the debate over both the effects of mass tourism and nationalism.
For the past 10 years, parallel to her non-fiction writing career, Kika has co-produced and hosted an English-language audio show on offbeat Brazilian culture - the Caipirinha Appreciation Society - a top-ranking podcast worldwide.Hide the rest