Caspar Sonnen - IDFA Online on Thu, 19 Nov 2009 07:44:20 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> IDFA presents new media program Doc Lab



This Thursday sees the start of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the world's biggest documentary festival. IDFA will once again screen nearly 300 documentaries at various locations on and around Amsterdam's Rembrandt Square, from 19 to 29 November. And, just like last year, IDFA's dedicated new media programme Doc Lab will be entirely devoted to new forms of documentary.

The Internet and new media are more than just new ways of, for example, reaching out to audiences and getting them engaged in film. They offer new opportunities for telling documentary stories and mapping new realities. Doc Lab 2009 will be presenting a selection of new media projects ? both online and at live cinema screenings ? along with presentations, discussions and workshops.

Today sees the launch of the new Doc Lab website (, where visitors can view some of the program online. The website will also be displayed on large screens in the Doc Lab Lounge for the duration of IDFA.

The central theme of Doc Lab 2009 is Live Stories. Makers of interactive web documentaries will be creating new versions of their projects, live in the cinema in Amsterdam. Doc Lab's special guest is Ira Glass, producer and presenter of the renowned documentary show This American Life.

Here are some of the highlights of the Doc Lab program.

Special Guest: Ira Glass
Master storyteller Ira Glass will give a presentation on aural documentaries, and in a live showcase in the cinema he will screen some of the highlights from This American Life (
Presentation: Saturday 21 November at 1.30pm in the Escape Club on Rembrandt Square.
Showcase: Saturday 21 and November at 10.30pm in Tuchinski 4.

Man with a Movie Camera, the IDFA Remake
The American artist Perry Bard is making a new version of Dziga Vertov's documentary classic Man with a Movie Camera, together with filmmakers and the IDFA audience. Anyone can take part, at

Live Cinema Screenings
Web documentary filmmakers will each be creating a live version of their own interactive film. Participants include Alexandre Brachet ( and David Lynch?s son Austin Lynch (Interview Project).
21 to 25 November, daily from about 10.30pm (approx.), Tuschinski 4.

Doc Lab presentation
Presentation led by Hans Maarten van den Brink, featuring the Yellowbird 360° camera technique, Echt Gebeurd (True Story), the Dutch version of The Moth, and more.
Tuesday 24 November at 1.30pm in the Escape Club. Free admission.

Doc Lab Party
IDFA?s new-media party with live performances by the electro-pop duo Little Pictures (New Zealand) and the mashup DJs Excuse My Tourette (Belgium).
Tuesday 24 November at 10pm in de Escape Club.

And lots more besides!
For full details of Doc Lab events and activities, go to

                Yours sincerely,
                Caspar Sonnen (Doc Lab programmer)

Contact information

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