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Storyscapes Section Asks Attendees To Contribute Their Stories

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A new section of this year's Tribeca Film Festival asks visitors to contribute to some of the projects. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Clearly, this is not a movie theater. Yet believe it or not, this is a screening area, so to speak, at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Actually, it's more like an exhibit space for Storyscapes, a new section to recognize non-traditional, high-tech, interactive storytelling.

"We wanted to show work that is non-linear, that is doing all kinds of new things with technology and film and story, and just kind of have a space where we could celebrate that," says Ingrid Kopp of the Tribeca Film Festival. "We're really looking at the space as a place where the audience can get involved, so with every single project, there's something you can do."

Like "Star Wars Uncut", where you piece together your own Star Wars storyline based on re-enactments and animations. "A Journal of Insomnia" consists of thoughts gathered online, often times in the middle of the night, from insomniacs around the globe. "This Exquisite Forest" allows users to create and contribute animations right in their web browser. And "Robots in Residence" was an experiment to see whether an entire documentary could be shot, and shot well, entirely by robots set loose on the streets of New York.

"They're designed to look nice and cute, to not be judgmental," says Brent Hoff of "Robots in Residence". "There's a 7-year-old's voice inside asking you the questions about a variety of subjects."

Some of the projects actually asking you to continue to contribute, even if you couldn't physically be here, such as one about Hurricane Sandy called "Sandy Storylines".

"Sandy Storyline is an immersive interactive platform," says Michael Premo of Sandy Storylines. "What we've created here is this immersive experience where people can see, hear, as well as share, their own stories from the storm."

Links To Projects

Below are links to some of the projects mentioned in the story.
A Journal of Insomnia: Nfb.ca/insomnia
Robots in Residence: www.BlabDroid.com
Sandy Storyline: www.sandystoryline.com
Star Wars Uncut: starwarsuncut.com
This Exquisite Forest: www.Exquisiteforest.com

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