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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.