Film Festivals, Screenings, and Awards
News & Documentary Emmy nomination, 2014
U.S. Capitol special vieiwing & discussion, 2014
Peabody Award (2013), 2014
Webby Awards: “Web Community” honoree, 2014
“Narrative” & “Best Visual Design” Finalist, FITC Awards, 2014
Finalist in “Activism” & “People's Choice,” SXSW, 2014
Adobe Creative Edge Award, Favorite Website Awards, 2013
Site of the Day, Favorite Website Awards, 2013
Site of the Day, CSS Design Awards, 2013
Official Selection, Doc Lab, International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam, 2013
Research Documentation Award, National Coal Heritage Foundation, 2013
New York Film Festival, 2013
Camden International Film Festival, 2013
Future of Storytelling, 2013
In 2012 and 2013, I led the web development and engineering effort of an interactive participatory documentary called Hollow. Built with Node.js, NoSQL databases, web sockets, and other modern technologies, the website delivers an innovative hybrid of HTML5 and film.
Hollow explores the issues of small-town America through the voices of people living in McDowell County, W.Va. The site is rich and cinematic, with animated visuals, portrait and community video, user-generated content, overlays, data visualizations, grassroots mapping, triggered audio and ambient soundscapes, and an accompanying community website. The experience also employs unique user interactions and pulls from Google, Instagram and Twitter APIs.
In 2012, Hollow was awarded a new media grant from the Tribeca Film Institute. On June 20, 2013, with the launch of the online experience, The New York Times online featured Hollow on its front page. The Huffington Post and other film and web industry leaders also provided rave reviews of our team's website. Hollow was also awarded a prestigious Peabody Award, and has been nominated for an Emmy.