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I have to say that I am often finding myself saying “Thank God for Ingrid Kopp.” Ingrid is the Director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute and one of the brightest minds out there thinking about what’s next for digital storytelling. Professional accomplishments aside, just her Facebook page is an encyclopedia of the interesting, provocative, and newest in new developments in next generation media. As a part of the Tribeca Film Festival this spring (2012), Ingrid, through her work on the TFI New Media Fund, collaborated with XO Labs to created a one-day event bringing together some of the best minds in the field for conversation and learning – and they called it TFI Interactive. For those who couldn’t make it live, Ingrid has written a great synopsis of the day, including video clips of some of the sessions like the keynote by Baratunde Thurston (author of How To Be Black), a conversation with Campfire’s Steve Coulson about their interactive marketing campaign for Game of Thrones, and Local Projects’ Jack Barton speaking about the innovative work they’ve done with the 9/11 Memorial Museum. You can see all of this and more here thanks to Ingrid’s write up
Transmedia is the word of the day! A lot of energy has been going to the newest generation of multi-platform, interactive, crowd-sourced nonfiction work.  The brains behind these experiments are most often creative partnerships between producers and technologists, many hatched at the hackathons happening around the globe. Hot Docs just hosted a marvelous sampling of this work at their Hot Hacks event. Thanks to the brilliant leadership of Ingrid Kopp, Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) organized an entire day, open to the public, sampling and discussing this work at TFI Interactive: The Future of Storytelling in the Digital Age. The BAVC Producers Institute for New Media Technologies has been leading in this space since their beginnings in 2007 ( applications for their next institute open up this June). And in our own backyard in Boston, FRONTLINE teamed up with PRX to create a hack day supporting their films.

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