A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
A debut by filmmaker Frederik Rieckher, Soul Patron presents a rich media journey through the atmosphere and culture of Japan, led by Tokotoko, an exquisitely animated bunny.
In Buddhism, Mizuko Jiz is the protector of deceased children: children who died before their parents in particular. In the form of an interactive journey through Japan, Frederik Rieckher – who created Soul Patron as part of his master’s degree course in applied sciences – gives an impression of the atmosphere and culture of this country.
Our guide is Tokotoko, an animated bunny that was once intended to be a gift for a baby that was stillborn. The journey begins at the Kumakuru temple and leads via Tokyo and Osaka to the Mizuko Jiz house of prayer in Kyoto. The project consists of 34 scenes – in total more than six hours of video material – through which the user can navigate his own way. In each scene, the user zooms in on visual details and receives links to at least two other scenes. It is always stated what the shortest route is to the final destination. At many of the locations, there is background information on social or religious matters, and Tokotoko also offers interesting facts about the places concerned and about Japanese culture in general.
For IDFA DocLab, filmmaker Frederik Rieckher created a live version of Soul Patron as part of the Going Places event.
The Creators Project is a global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity, culture and technology. Recently, they nominated the six interactive webdocumentaries that they consider to be the most innovative ones around.
Debut interactive documentalist Frederik Rieckher emotes on his exquisite, non-linear quest through Japan, Soul Patron, in this exclusive little interview.
Live screening of two ‘interactive road movies’, Sparrow Songs (Alex Jablonski; international premiere) and Soul Patron (Frederik Rieckher; world premiere)
IDFA DocLab is the New Media program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Since 2007, the program showcases new forms of documentary storytelling and interactive media art, both online and offline. During the IDFA Festival in November, DocLab presents a competition program for Digital Documentary Storytelling, live cinema events, interactive installations, workshops and industry panels. The program is open to all media that can be used to tell a documentary story.