Machinima Report

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Gone Gitmo was featured alongside amazing films like Waltz With Bashir in latest cover story for the International Documentary Association's magazine Documentary.

In an article titled When Docs Get Graphic: Animation Meets Actuality by Beige Luciano-Adams in IDA, the journal focused on work redrawing the boundaries of documentary:

"Some methods take more liberty than others. For filmmaker Nonny de la Peña, Second Life technology allowed her to expnd on issues treated in her prior documentary, Unconstitutional (2004). With USC Interactive Media adjunct professor Peggy Weil, De al Peña created a virtual Guantánamo Bay Prison, called Gone Gitmo. Here, users can experience first-hand - through their personal avatar-what it might feel like to don the orange jupsuit and have your rights indefinitely suspended. Using writings and testimonials of actual detainees to shape the virtual world, the project aims at new means of connecting viewers to the issues."

Full .pdf forthcoming.

Friday, March 13, 2009

MIPDOC & MIPTV Speaking Schedules

MIPDOC Cannes, Sunday 29 March
15:00 Grand Salon, Carlton Hotel
This session will discuss on how interactivity can be used differently to engage new audiences as well as to influence the development of the documentary storytelling itself.

Heather Croall, festival director, Sheffield Docfest
Patrice Barrat, Producer, ARTICLE Z
Daniel Cross, Producer / Director, EyeSteelFilm
Nonny De La Pena, Documentary and Transmedia Producer, Pyedog Productions
Adrienne Van Eeden, Producer and Project Manager, Doxa Productions
Peggy Weil, Professor, USC SCA Interactive Media Division

MIPTV Cannes. Tuesday 31 March
16:30 Auditorium A, Level 3
Virtual environments provide new opportunities for immersive storytelling. This uniquely innovative session, led by two award winning interactive media and documentary producers will explore new forms of scripted cinematic events, integration of video within virtual environments and how avatars can create deep emotional engagement, and viewer identity. Projects include: Gone Gitmo and Wall Jumpers, installations in Second Life.

Moderator: Ferhan Cook, President, Any Screen Productions Ltd.
Nonny De La Pena, Documentary and Transmedia Producer, Pyedog Productions
Peggy Weil, Professor, USC SCA Interactive Media Division

Monday, March 9, 2009

A visit from UC Irvine

Elizabeth Losh, behind the blog virtualpolitik, brought her UC Irvine Humanities Core Class for a tour of Gone Gitmo.