|2010||David Dufresne,Philippe Brault|
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That was our challenge: to believe in the long format on the Internet, in the stories that are told in length. And not only believe in an Internet done by frantic video clips.
David Dufresne, Author, to Innovative Interactivity
Created by David Dufresne and Philippe Brault, Prison Valley is both a traditional television documentary and an interactive road movie that places users in the shoes of a journalist investigating the prison industry in recession-era America. The story begins with a long tracking shot of the road into Fremont County, Colorado—home to 36,000 residents, 13 prisons, and 7,735 convicts. After checking into a room at the Riviera Motel, visitors can explore the area and meet various characters, including a sheriff, a journalist, and a prison guard. At key moments, all the site’s visitors and those affiliated with the industry can join in live online debates and exchange emails with characters on the issues raised in the story. According to the creators’ description, the site distills “thousands of photographs, hours of audio and video, and an eye-watering number of statistics.” Prison Valley was produced by Alexandre Brachet and Upian—the team behind Gaza/Sderot.