A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
A multimedia experiment in journalistic storytelling best experienced as an interactive film.
“We’re in a love affair with coal right now because of the way we live. It’s a twisted love affair: we depend on it for everything that we do, but at the same time it’s killing is.”
One of the interviewees expresses precisely the central point of the multimedia report Coal – A Love Story, made as part of the “Powering a Nation” project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Within the context of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, the students here are looking for a shift away from traditional journalism.
Coal – A Love Story is an extensively researched investigation of the ways in which coal, responsible for more than 45% of U.S. energy production, affects the daily lives of various people. A miner talks about the explosion that he narrowly escaped but that killed several of his coworkers. A young blond who won the “Miss Coal” pageant defends the energy source at all costs. And a teenager named Luis protests against the coal plant that borders his neighborhood: “If teens can do it, then the adults can do it.” The collection of videos, infographics and interactive elements form a running story, but the various elements can also be watched separately.
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.