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Community storytelling platform makes creating documentary projects easy

July 12, 2012, 9:37 a.m., Posted by Jon Vidar

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The Tiziano Project students, Elirë Xhemaili (l) and Aulona Hoxha (r), work on their iPads during a two-week iPad video workshop at the Dokufest International Film Festival in Kosovo. Photo: Grant Slater/The Tiziano Project

The Tiziano Project is excited to announce the launch of its new community storytelling platform, StoriesFrom, funded by a 2011 Knight News Challenge grant.

The platform allows individuals and organizations to easily create immersive documentary projects that combine the work of both community members and professional journalists and filmmakers. The resulting showcases display completed projects in beautiful and engaging online packages.

StoriesFrom launched on Saturday at the Dokufest International Film Festival in Kosovo, where The Tiziano Project is concurrently teaching a two-week video storytelling workshop entirely using the new iPad. The resulting work will be screened on the last day of the festival and used to populate a new showcase from Kosovo within StoriesFrom.

StoriesFrom launched with projects from Iraq, Afghanistan, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Latvia, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.

It is currently accepting project ideas to be used for beta testing of the platform. If you would like to participate, please email: create@storiesfrom.us.

By Jon Vidar, co-founder and executive director, The Tiziano Project