Sawyer lecture will explore storytelling in interactive documentary

The Media School Report • Sept. 20, 2017
Alisa Lebow (Courtesy photo)

The current state of interactive documentary emphasizes storytelling, but documentary has long retained the freedom not to tell a story, leading the medium down interesting paths, argues film scholar Alisa Lebow.

Lebow, a reader in film studies at the University of Sussex, will give a lecture, “Filming Revolution and the Non-Narrative Poetics of Discourse,” from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Lindley Hall 102. Her lecture is part of the IU Sawyer Seminar on Documentary Media and Historical Transformations, and is sponsored by The Media School’s Center for Documentary Research and Practice.

Lebow’s talk will emphasize the tremendous potential for data-based documentary to expand on some of documentary’s historical strengths. Using her own interactive project, Filming Revolution, as a case study, Lebow will consider why some interactive projects have productively resisted the compulsion to narrate a story.

Filming Revolution is a data-based documentary about filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution.