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Symposium Explores New Frontiers in Digital Storytelling

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication will present a one-day symposium examining the latest innovations in digital storytelling with some of today’s most highly-regarded filmmakers and developers.

“Immersive Media and the Future of Non-Fiction Storytelling”Wed., Oct. 7 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, various locations – will explore the use of virtual reality, interactive documentaries, and other emerging forms of media to engage audiences in new ways.

“The Herbert School is indeed proud to have assembled a literal who’s who of immersive media artists, journalists, and researchers for this symposium,” said Aashish Kumar, associate professor in the Department of Radio, Television, Film and symposium co-chair.  “This event is a nod to the convergent currents playing out in web-based storytelling and we are excited to be a part of this.”

The daylong event features screenings, hands-on experiences with the latest interactive media tools, and panels featuring experts from the National Film Board of Canada, MIT Open Documentary Lab, Newsday, and the public television series POV.

Highlights of the daylong schedule include:

  • Director’s Screening: A Fighting Chance, a Newsday interactive documentary
  • Panel on Interactive Mediascapes in New Documentary
  • Master Class with Katerina Cizek of the National Film Board of Canada (for faculty only, by registration)
  • Sandbox: A hands-on opportunity to try the latest virtual reality and interactive tools
  • Town Hall meeting for students, faculty and administrators to discuss and develop a collaborative curriculum for teaching interactive media

The symposium, which is free and open to the Hofstra community, is co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center and Faculty Computing Services, with additional support from the Documentary Filmmakers Club.

Featured image:  Screenshot from “Universe Within,” NFB


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