Lucy McRae

Science Fiction Artist, Director and Body Architect

Keynote: Training for Space

April 18th 10:00am

Full of contagious energy Lucy takes audiences out of their comfort zone. She articulates her relationship with the world using her own body as a mechanism for prototyping the future. And now she is training for space.


Andrew Golis

Founder and CEO, This

The Rules of Our Digital Culture

April 18th 10:45am

Andrew talks about how social media companies set the rules in our digital culture and how he is trying to rewrite those rules with This., a website that, according to The New York Times, has users "clamoring for an invite."


Astra Taylor

Author and Filmmaker

The People’s Platform

April 18th 10:55am

Cultural commentator, filmmaker and author Astra Taylor, brings us a debate on the place of the web as a democratizing force. The Internet is said to be a space of democratic expression, both culturally and politically. This talk will examine and challenge that claim through the lenses of documentary filmmaking and activism, making the case that in order to take advantage of the democratic potential of the net we first need to be more critical about its failings.


Kawandeep Virdee

Co-Founder of New American Public Art, Head of Product at Embedly

Using Interactive Art to Nurture the Commons

April 18th 11:10am

Interactive and collaborative works can bring people together and make places more welcoming - both in digital and physical space. This collective medium has the power to cultivate a multitude of narratives to create personally meaningful experiences.


Brett Gaylor

Director, Do Not Track

Brett Gaylor is the Senior Director of Mozilla Webmaker Initiative, a global effort to help consumers of the web become creators of the web. Before working with Mozilla, Brett directed the award winning documentary Rip! A Remix Manifesto, and was a key creative at the Montreal-based production house EyeSteelFilm. 

Do Not Track

April 18th 11:20am

Brett Gaylor is watching you - Do Not Track, also presenting at Storyscapes, takes you on a journey where you are as much the subject as the viewer. In this online series users are tracked in real time as they experience the narrative.


Charlie Phillips

Head of Documentaries, The Guardian

Read all about it? The future of The Guardian in video and words

April 18th 11:30am

The Guardian is expanding. Already the second most-visited English-Language newspaper website in the world, what is The Guardian hoping to achieve and how is going to build and maintain an audience who may still think of it as a written news source to be visited briefly when big stories break? What does this mean for the future of the newspaper, and just as importantly, what does this mean for the factual media-maker? The Guardian's Head of Documentaries will explain the organization's current plans and map out where the digital future lies for organizations like The Guardian.


Ryan Germick

Team Lead, Google Doodles

A Campfire for the World: Doodles and Delight

April 18th 11:45am

It’s a talk about Google Doodles. Need we say more?

Google Your Doodle

Maker Space
Studio 7M 12:30pm


Amy Rose


True Stories Told Sideways

April 18th 12:00pm

Amy and May, the creators behind Door Into The Dark, will talk about creating a feeling of being lost through built environments and how they push all of our senses to create a truly immersive experience. They will also be presenting at Storyscapes, created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, the third annual complimentary showcase of interactive installations and a variety of experiential programs covering a range of tech disciplines, from virtual reality to hacking.


Eline Jongsma

Directors, Jongsma + O'Neill

The Long View

April 18th 12:10pm

New storytelling technologies appear every day, but great projects take years to create. Directors Kel O’Neill and Eline Jongsma talk about the four-year, ten-country journey behind their interactive documentary Empire and discuss the virtues and curses of working with cutting-edge technology.


John Benton


AT&T Hack Challenge Presentation: helloWorld

April 18th 12:30pm

A special presentation from a month-long AT&T supported hack to create a mobile driven interactive story experience. codeGirl is a beacon-based interactive story involving hackers, surveillance and a complicated father-daughter relationship. See the prototype and hear how they did it.


Ram Devineni

Ram is a filmmaker, publisher and founder of Rattapallax. He produced, edited and directed the feature documentary The Human Tower, and produced the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury-winning film, The Russian Woodpecker.

TFI New Media Fund Project Showcase Part 1

April 18th 12:45pm

The TFI New Media Fund, supported by the Ford Foundation, funds interactive non-fiction projects around social issues. Presenting projects; Priya's Shakti - Ram Devineni, Whiteness Project - Whitney Dow, and Quipu Project – Maria Court.


Topaz Adizes


{The And} presented by IDFA DocLab

April 18th 1:00pm

Special interactive documentary screening. Introduced by Caspar Sonnen, IDFA DocLab, {The And} is an interactive experience that places viewers in the the intimate space between couples.


Arnaud Colinart

Arnaud joined Ex Nihilo in 2006. He produced several interactives programs (magazine, webdocumentary) and became Head of New Media in 2012, responsible for the interactive and transmedia productions of the company.

TFI New Media Fund Project Showcase Part 2

April 18th 2:30pm

The TFI New Media Fund, supported by the Ford Foundation, funds interactive non-fiction projects around social issues. Presenting projects; Notes on Blindness - Arnaud Colinart, This Changes Everything - Katie McKenna and Mike Robbins, and Oakland Fence Project - Wendy Levy


Jessica Clark

Director, Dot Connector Studio

The Right Tools

April 18th 2:50pm

Looking at the right tools for strategizing around media with impact - a look at the Interactive Media Impact Working Group and the tools that are being developed to support creators in this field.


Amar C. Bakshi

Founder & Lead Artist, Shared_Studios

NYC to Tehran

April 18th 3:00pm

Amar will discuss the work of Shared_Studios, a multidisciplinary arts, design and technology collective focused on carving wormholes throughout the world. In particular, he’ll describe how the group seeks to ground the connective potential of new technology in physical spaces to create more accessible, secure, and sacred encounters between diverse populations – from NYC to Tehran.


Sam Gregory

Program Director, WITNESS

See, Hear – Act?

April 18th 3:10pm

How do we use live and immersive video to drive empathetic real-time connection and co-presence with people in crisis? How could distant witnesses use their skills, networks and collective leverage to the maximum effect, and translate feeling and experience into relevant, real-time actions in solidarity and support?


Lam Thuy Vo

Interactive Editor, Al Jazeera America

You and me as data points

April 18th 3:30pm

Lam Thuy Vo has been creating delightful, surprising and moving experiences through data. Data sets can seem like sterile and clinical starting points for finding stories. But there's a way to find a range of human experiences within data sets, to find the individual behind the data point and to explore storytelling that connects the far with the near view.


Matt Adams

Artist, Blast Theory

Life Coaching

April 18th 3:50pm

Karen is a life-coach app that wants to get to know you a little too well. Blast Theory’s project, also presenting at Storyscapes, looks at our relationship with data and technology.


Ryan Green

Co-Creator, Numinous Games

Why a Game?

April 18th 4:00pm

If books are for telling, and films are for showing, and games are for playing, what is the medium for being? And should it matter to us? Join us as we explore videogames, narrative, and the development of That Dragon, Cancer, a videogame about loving Joel, a boy with cancer.


Julia Kaganskiy

Director, NEW INC.

Incubating The Arts

April 18th 4:20pm

As head of the first museum lead incubator for art, technology and design, Julia looks at how to support artists and creative entrepreneurs and create a vibrant environment for good things to happen.


Ida Benedetto

Co-Founder & Experience Designer, Sextantworks

Your Experience Is the Documentary

April 18th 4:30pm

Experience design can be used to sell products, make websites more enjoyable, or usher people into fictional worlds. But what about using experience design as a documentary art? Ida will share anecdotes from designing analogy games and trespass adventures that evoked reality in surprising ways.



Empathy and Virtual Reality

April 18th 4:40pm

BeAnotherLab are presenting their Machine To Be Another in this year’s Storyscapes, a unique virtual reality experience and performance. They take the stage to interrogate what it means to understand others.


Ophira Eisenberg

Host of Ask Me Another, NPR

Seven Digital Deadly Sins, Live presented by IDFA DocLab

April 18th 4:50pm

A special interactive event to close out the day. Test your limits. Live. As we push the boundaries of your internet etiquette in a way that is humorous, ethical and very entertaining.


Matthew Cooke


Creator Talk: Confinement

Maker Space
Studio 7M 11:30am


Brian Chirls


Creating Your Own VR World

Maker Space
Studio 7M 3:00pm


Michael Licht

Emblematic Group

Creator Talk: One Dark Night

Maker Space
Studio 7M 4:30pm