A report from Mozilla's Hot Hacks Workshop at Toronto's 2012 Hot Docs Festival.
...After the two-day workshop, filmmakers showed the results of these filmmaker-programmer collaborations were shown to workshop participants and invited guests and supporters at Mozilla's Toronto offices.
In one of the six Hot Hacks projects, Christopher Allen and a team from New York's Union Docs collective, working with programmer James Burns, developed a way to enable viewers of Looking At Los Sures, their ongoing documentary about a Brooklyn neighborhood, to switch between archival and current footage showing how residents and architecture have changed over the years.
In another project, filmmaker Alison Rose and computer programmer Mike Robbins created a visual and aural representation of sonic emanations from the planet Uranus, as an exploratory first phase in interactive components that will prime viewers for contemplation of the astronomic discoveries made by four astrophysicists whose 50-year careers she chronicles and celebrates in her documentary, Following Wise Men.
Other projects included The Last Hijack, designed to aggregate individually posted videos related to survival in Somalia, thereby enabling the world to witness the rise of piracy and its effects on that troubled nation; Turcot, offering Montrealers an opportunity to express their opinions about the upcoming demolition and rebuilding of their city's largest highway interchange; Immigrant Nation, which uses social media to enable immigrants to tell their stories and discover their place in a time line entitled The Wave; and The Message: the (r)evolutionary power of climate change, which will bring its subject to public awareness via a book, documentary, Website and live events...."