Friday, June 28, 2013 6:00 pm

Reva and David Logan Center
915 E 60th St
Chicago, IL

In the digital age, we are surrounded by facts and figures, instantly retrievable with a few mouse clicks. How can this abundance of information be used to tell or empower a story, and create the empathy that sparks social change? What are the ethics of engaging audiences through numbers?

In partnership with Kartemquin Films and the University of Chicago, Tribeca Film Institute presents Tribeca Hacks "Data/Docs", an intensive 3-day Hackathon that will challenge documentary makers, technologists and designers to think outside the box and immerse into data-driven storytelling. From Friday June 28 to Sunday June 30 participants will work in teams of 3-5 people to build digital assets around major forthcoming documentaries.

The work will be viewed by an esteemed audience of filmmakers, academics and industry leaders, will be showcased with an international reach by Tribeca, and set the potential for future longterm collaboration on concepts sparked by the Hack.

Participation is invite only, but we are still open to applications from technologists and programmers who would like to participate, email:

Participating Documentary projects include 4 Kartemquin projects and 4 invited projects from Chicago-based documentary makers:

  • Cooked. Director: Judith Helfand.
  • Almost There. Directors: Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden.
  • In the Game. Director: Maria Finitzo.
  • Raising Bertie. Director: Margaret Byrne.
  • How to Build A School in Haiti. Director: Jack C. Newell.
  • The Area. Director: David Schalliol.
  • Prison Terminal. Director: Edgar Barens.*
  • All the Queen's Horses. Director: Kelly Pope.

*Had to withdraw due to illness.

Interrupt Violence: New Interactive Website for The Interrupters

Today we’re launching Interrupt Violence (, Kartemquin’s first transmedia project, which will expand the journey of The Interrupters into the persistent violence that plagues American cities.
On the new site, users can explore an interactive sequence including background and personal histories of murder victims and communities featured in The Interrupters.
By the full launch, additional sections will be created, including:
  • Interactive webisodes paired with Interrupter advice about dealing with crisis, anger, loss, and redemption

  • Community resources (violence prevention, counseling, health, education, etc.) that can have an impact on local families


Friday, June 24, 2011 2:00 pm

Silver Spring, MD

The Interrupters director Steve James will pitch transmedia community engagement strategy ideas for the film along with five other filmmakers at the Silverdocs / Tribeca Film Institute Transmedia Lab. Get more information.

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