StoryCode's Chapters hold monthly events feature immersive media project presentations coupled WITH discussion.
Interactive Docs: Theatre and Transmedia
May 4, 2015 - 6pm to 8pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231 at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MAMap
On May 4th, MIT Open Documentary Lab and StoryCode Boston present two participatory projects based on real stories from America's past and present. Filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi and his team will discuss the transmedia documentary project Good Luck Soup, about the lives of Japanese nationals after leaving the World War II Internment Camps. The Perpetual Visitors Theatre Company will explore the challenges of documentary theatre storytelling with their work-in-progress The American Dream: Our Jobs and Ourselves.
Good Luck Soup is a transmedia storytelling project documenting and sharing stories of the Japanese American experience. The web-based, interactive component will complement, reinforce, and encourage participation in the larger effort to preserve this history through social media, participatory storytelling and community events.
The transmedia project also includes a feature-length documentary film, telling the story of one Japanese American family that they hope encourages others to tell their own story through their interactive and participatory website, Good Luck Soup Interactive.
Matthew Hashiguchi is an award winning documentary filmmaker and adjunct professor at Emerson College whose work focuses on the diverse cultural, social and ethnic stories of American society. His most recent films, People Aren’t All Bad and The Lower 9: A Story of Home, have screened in film festivals throughout the world and in May 2013, People Aren't All Bad screened at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
Russell Goldenberg is an interactive news developer at the Boston Globe where he creates data visualizations and interactive stories. He recently worked on the Peabody award-winning interactive documentary Hollow. He earned his MFA in Interactive Media from Emerson College and a BS/BA from Union College in Computer Science and Visual Arts.
Billy Wirasnik is an award winning sound designer and accomplished pitch percussionist based out of Boston, Massachusetts. His work has been heard in film festivals in Pakistan, Brazil and throughout the United States. He was the sound designer of the 2014 Peabody award winning interactive documentary Hollow. In 2010 he was a runner up in the Avid Sound Design competition and in 2009 the winner of Hollywood Edge's Sound Design competition.
Emily Ferrier is an information professional and researcher living in Boston, Massachusetts. Her interests lie in exploring how new media types and interactive media can help improve information literacy, reduce the technology infrastructure and knowledge gap in the United States and around the world, and help preserve cultural heritage materials in a way that also makes them accessible and enjoyable to the general public. She holds an undergraduate degree in history from Northeastern University with a minor in East Asian Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
The Perpetual Visitors are working on their first original documentary theatre piece, "THE AMERICAN DREAM: OUR JOBS AND OURSELVES" which will examine our modern day relationship to our jobs, and the ripples this causes throughout our lives. Based on interviews with people all over the country, you'll hear stories of accountants, artists, pharmacists, people looking for work, at-home dads and many others who are searching for employment, purpose, and themselves. What begins as a conversation about the work we do weaves itself into a larger story about economics, generation gaps, culture, identity, the definition of success, and ultimately what it means to both make a living and create a life.
Melissa Bergstrom is a Boston-based actor, playwright, and teaching artist who received her Master of Arts in Theatre Education at Emerson College. She has taught in a variety of settings including The New England Theatre Conference, Boston Educators for Social Justice Conference, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Boston Children's Theatre, and The South End Settlements, and is the former artistic director of The Charlottesville Women's Theatre Project, a company that seeks to create theatre relevant to the female experience. Melissa has performed in a variety of stage and film projects in Boston, including SafeGuard, a solo documentary performance play which examines the female perspective of deployment, based on interviews with women of military families across the United States.
Kate Marple is a storyteller. For more than five years, Kate has worked at nonprofits in Boston and Washington, D.C., helping organizations shape and tell their stories. She is fascinated with how simple choices of language can illuminate or hide shared missions across different sectors and organizations, and she is passionate about cultivating ways to tell stories that empower the people they are about. She has published articles in journals and magazines on both of these topics, including in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and The NonProfit Quarterly. Kate chased her interest in identity and belonging all the way to Scotland where she got a Masters of Science in Nationalism Studies. Her research focused on the role trauma plays in collective memory and rebuilding national identity after a genocide or conflict. Raised in Rochester, New York, she also holds a B.A. in Human Services and History from Northeastern University.Register Here