130 Year Road Trip explores the hidden history of how nineteenth century Canadian colonial policies were transported to Germany’s shifting borders and in effect from 1883-1945. It is also history in a completely new form.
The Live Documentary, a recent evolution in expanded cinema, has emerged at festivals including Sundance and Hot Docs, combining narration and music performed on stage, with documentary film projected on screen. WIFF 2016 will host the World Premiere of The Live Participatory Documentary, a made-in-Windsor concept that has been proposed at conferences in Europe and the US. This will be the first staging of that idea, merging live documentary in Part I, with an interactive Q&A in Part II, inviting the audience to guide the content and images. An innovation in interactivity and improv, this cinema-performance is comprised of a deconstructed history documentary with live music and narration, followed by a communal edit of the content based on audience comments and feedback, using experimental visuals and interviews processed through Max/Jitter VJing Software. Audiences are invited to watch, listen and alter historical storytelling.