The Sundance Institute has selected six projects, including the docs 18 Days in Egypt and The Last Hijack, for its inaugural New Frontier Story Lab, an initiative that supports developing projects that explore the convergence of film and new media technologies.
18 Days in Egypt, which also recently became a recipient of Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund, and The Last Hijack will participate in the lab, which runs from October 23 to 28 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
18 Days in Egypt, an Egyptian/American interactive documentary project from Jigar Mehta & Yasmin Elayat, tells the story of the first 18 days of the Egyptian revolution through crowdsourced media, while The Last Hijack, from the Netherlands’ Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting, focuses on Somalian sea rovers. The feature doc and interactive online experience uses film and animation to tell the story of these men who land million dollar bounties with each heist.
Each project will receive immersive lab experience including individualized story sessions, conversations about key artistic, design and technology issues, and case study presentations.
Creative advisors for the New Frontier Story Lab include 42 Entertainment’s Susan Bonds, MTVX’s David Gale, Laura Poitras (The Oath) and Lance Weiler (Pandemic, The WorkBook Project).
Michelle Satter, director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program said: “Over the past few years, new forms of storytelling have emerged and already proven the potential to engage audiences in creative and innovative ways.
“We created the New Frontier Story Lab to support visionary artists developing projects that will change the way we experience stories in the future. We are thrilled to include such an exciting group of projects in our inaugural lab.”
Keri Putnam, executive director of Sundance Institute, added: “The New Frontier Story Lab is an exciting expansion of our work to a new and important field where we felt independent voices needed nurturing and resources.”