Special Co-Presentation with MIT Open Documentary Lab!

Date: November 13, 2013

Time: 7-8:30PM

Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Details: Interactive, USA, 2013

Filmmaker(s): Elaine McMillion and other artists

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Hollow is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County, W.Va. Hollow combines video portraits, data visualizations, photography, soundscapes, community-generated content and grassroots mapping to bring these stories to life through an online experience.

“The most magnificently presented, web-aware journalism I’ve ever seen.”
– Jason Linkins, Huffington Post

“A perfect case to look at the current pros and cons of online storytelling.”
– Amanda Lin Costa, PBS MediaShift

Director/Producer Elaine McMillion, UX designer and information architect Jeff Soyk, and senior technologist Robert Hall will attend in person for Q&A. The discussion will be moderated by Vivek Bald, Assistant Professor of Writing and Digital Media at MIT. 

Elaine McMillion is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose short and feature works focus on unique individuals with striking and inspiring stories. She uses techniques gained through journalism, in addition to experience in research, audio/video production and photography, to express a story visually through multiple mediums. McMillion has a Master’s degree from Emerson College and was recently named one of this year’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine.

Jeff Soyk is a Boston-based designer/media artist, originally from Westchester County, New York. He started his design career in advertising after receiving a BFA in New Media Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005. His design work has received WebAwards for brands such as Motorola, Maid of the Mist, and Nucor. His passion for meaningful storytelling has led him to reach outside of advertising and expand beyond the web into film and sound, as he recognizes the potential for engaging transmedia experiences that create a lasting impact.

Robert Hall is a Boston-based technology director and fullstack web engineer who enjoys cutting teeth on bleeding-edge HTML5 technologies and media projects. With 10+ years experience in a rapidly changing and innovative industry, he has kept his skill set sharp working for prominent clients in multiple verticals, from gaming to education to film. He has developed for renowned award-winning websites such as the Oxford English Dictionary, Harvard University, Berg & Bloomsbury libraries, and presidential campaign websites. Robert is often found looking across various technology and media thresholds, especially with an eye to the marriage of art and code.

Vivek Bald is a documentary filmmaker and scholar whose work focuses on histories of the South Asian diaspora. His current project traces the lives of South Asian Muslim silk peddlers and merchant seamen who settled within communities of color in the U.S. South, Northeast, and Midwest in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is the basis for his book, Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Harvard University Press, 2013), and a documentary film, In Search of Bengali Harlem.