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SXSW 2021

Interactive Media: Addressing Civil Rights & Race

Interactive storytelling continues to grow in popularity, engaging participants in exciting new ways from immersive visual design to creative elements that provide audio experiences. Known primarily as an investigative documentary series, FRONTLINE PBS has also produced several Emmy award-winning interactive projects, such as INHERITANCE and THE LAST CALL. The latest, UN(RE)SOLVED is an exploration into the unsolved Civil Rights era cold cases, and their relationship to today’s cases concerning racial violence. Join Executive Producers Raney Aronson-Rath and Dawn Porter in a discussion on producing an interactive project that features innovative storytelling, a podcast series, and an immersive AR exhibition, all to address America’s difficult history and national conversation on race.

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  1. How to produce interactive storytelling complementing the intersection of journalism, documentary film, and art.
  2. How to build diverse and inclusive teams that amplify the talent, perspectives, and skills that are necessary to strengthen production projects.
  3. Producing transformative storytelling that explores both civil rights history and today’s inflection point on race and race relations in America.



Erika Howard, Impact Producer, FRONTLINE PBS

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  • Tags: XR, Media & Journalism
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Challenging Tech’s Path Forward
  • Level: Intermediate
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