Vote! SXSW panel on ethics in interactive documentary

"Is it true? Is it safe?: Ethics in Interactive Doc" is the title of a proposed SXSW film festival panel that features Kartemquin board member Patricia Aufderheide, and Tim Horsburgh, our director of communications and programs. The subject of ethics in documentary is one that matters greatly to us, and which various Kartemquin filmmakers have spoken about in a variety of forums over the years, so we would appreciate the opportunity to share what we have learned in our ventures in the new territory of interactive documentary through projects such as '63 Boycott and Interrupt Violence. Please vote for our panel on the SXSW Panelpicker. More information is below:

Is it true? Is it safe?: Ethics in Interactive Doc
As interactivity become part of documentaries, especially web-native docs, old ethics issues get a new twist. How to ensure accuracy? Anonymity? How to assign authorship? Can you promise that no one will track back users' entries to them, or use big data to find them anyway? How much should you try to protect users against their own bad behavior? What’s inappropriate for your project? Learn from filmmakers and film strategists who’ve grappled with this, in projects as diverse as “How to Lose Your Virginity” (true--or are they?--stories of you know what); “The Interrupters” (how can user contributions to online memorials celebrate a life without triggering more violence?); “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” (can immigrants’ own stories get them in trouble?).

Questions Answered

- What ethical issues should I think about when I'm making web-native documentary?
- What ethical problems arose in online projects related to documentaries?
- What kind of trouble can I get into if I don't deal pro-actively with ethics?
- What do professionals do to resolve ethical issues in web-native documentary?
- What are great examples of successful approaches to managing ethical responsibilities in web-native documentary?


Patricia Aufderheide American University
Tim Horsburgh Kartemquin Films
Therese Shechter Trixie Films
Lina Srivastava Lina Srivastava Consulting


Patricia Aufderheide American University
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