Caspar Sonnen is the new media coordinator for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and curator of the festival’s IDFA DocLab.
He founded IDFA DocLab in 2008 to create a platform for interactive and multimedia documentary storytelling that expands the genre beyond traditional cinema. In addition to his work at IDFA, he is co-founder and programmer of the Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam.
Caspar’s All-Time Favorites
For the launch of the MIT Open Documentary Lab’s _docubase at IDFA 2013, Caspar Sonnen compiled a list of his all-time favorite interactive projects (excluding this year’s IDFA DocLab competitors, of course!).
Explore, discover, and ask yourself: which works would you choose?
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Interactive tablet and web documentary "Alma: A Tale of Violence" lets its audience members move between a former gang member’s confession and a stream of imagery that supplements her story.
Surveillance video and data feeds from Canada’s Banff National Park make environmental documentary "Bear 71" a commentary on life in the digital age.
A participatory trip down memory lane, Ze Frank’s "A Childhood Walk" explores the connections between location, technology, and memory.
Bjarke Myrthu's "Enemy Within" was an early interactive web documentary that revealed the power of this new storytelling form.
"Gaza/Sderot" documents human resilience by capturing stories from neighboring cities Gaza and Sderot, each on different sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In the Emmy Award-winning web documentary "Out My Window," filmmaker Katerina Cizek explores highrise living around the world.
In "Highrise: One Millionth Tower," filmmaker Katerina Cizek, the residents of a Toronto apartment building, and a group of architects used webGL to reimagine a residential highrise, creating an interactive documentary that captured their aspirations for the community.
In the "David Lynch Interview Project," Americans are randomly selected and asked to share their personal stories.
While insomnia is usually a solitary affliction, interactive documentary "A Journal of Insomnia" uses the web to create a community of insomniacs.
A collection of over 50 short profiles of New Yorkers, told through audio interviews and photographs.
Powered by a video game engine, tablet app "CIA: Operation Ajax" marries the aesthetics of comics and cinema to create an interactive reading experience.
Interactive documentary "Thanatorama" explores the "after-life" industry.
"We Feel Fine" visualizes emotional "data," creating a record of people's emotions as expressed on blogs and social media.
"Welcome to Pine Point" profiles an abandoned mining town in Canada’s Northwest Territories, drawing on the memories of its former inhabitants and showcasing the ephemera they saved.
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