Published on February 19, 2013 | by Julie Smith


Unique festival to investigate new media landscape

DocHouse director Elizabeth Wood at the festival launch party [Lucy Copley]

A unique festival investigating the merging boundaries of a new media landscape will take place at the Rich Mix Cinema.

Between the Lines will explore the challenges facing documentary makers, investigative journalists and citizen reporters in the converging digital world.

The festival will host a series of documentary screenings and in-depth discussions.

Organised by international documentary specialists DocHouse and media members’ Frontline Club, Between the Lines will run at the Shoreditch cinema over the weekend of March 1-3.

The team behind DocHouse include former London College of Communication student Jenny Horwell, who is the producer at the organisation.

Speaking at the press launch, DocHouse director Elizabeth Wood said: “We felt this was a good moment to take a good look at documenting, reporting and informing audiences about the world we live in.

Between the Lines will look at how we tell and receive stories in the global world and how new technologies may change the way we tell them in the future,” she added.

User-generated content

The festival will feature seven panel-led sessions conducted by international practitioners from both traditional and modern media disciplines.

The sessions will look at issues such as the surge of user-generated content, the role of technology in the way we document the world and the corporate and political control of all aspects of journalism.

“We’ve brought together an amazing group of over 20 international practitioners to take part in this event, they are all experts in their own widely different fields,” Wood explained.

“We felt this was a good moment to look at documenting, reporting and informing audiences about the world we live in.” DocHouse director Elizabeth Wood.

The speakers include journalist Tim Poole, who attracted mainstream media attention with his Occupy Wall Street coverage; Al Jazeera’s commissioning editor Jon Blair; and award winning filmmakers Kevin MacDonald and Penny Woolcock.

Multiple screenings of ground-breaking documentaries from around the globe will also feature throughout the weekend.

Films include: The House I live in, about the war on drugs in the United States, Last Call at the Oasis, about the impending global water shortage and Pink Saris, which gives a window onto the real lives of women in northern India.

Wood said: “As an ex-documentary maker with a traditional background, curating this festival has been a steep learning curve for me and a really exciting process. I hope the audience will share and be inspired by it as much as I have.”

Between the Lines is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation and supported by Film London through National Lottery Funding on behalf of the British Film Institute.

Tickets to the festival can be purchased through the Rich Mix website or online here.


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