NEW YORK -- A lot of people like to make a lot of pronouncements about the future of cinema. Some of them—like those made about “Gravity”—may well turn out to be prophetic. Others are less convincing.
"But some very real juice may be behind a relatively new form that’s dubbed “immersive documentary” or “interactive documentary.” You may have heard about it before. It’s a notion that’s been floating around on the mainstream margins for several years—nonfiction stories that go well beyond the passive, standalone 90-minute format you’re used to from cable TV or your local art-house theater.
Instead, these films (and the term is—fortunately--meant loosely) take a more inventive path to tell their tales. As practiced by a new class of digital frontier types, they often blend the image-as-object ethos of museum installations, the interactivity of video games and the narrative and character features of traditional cinema. Immersive documentary shares some similarities with its cousin, journalism's multimedia presentation, though is far more rooted in a cinematic tradition."