Makepeace Productions chose Interactive Knowledge to design and produce an educational website that highlights twelve Native American language recovery programs from around the country. The website, titled Our Mother Tongues, is funded by ITVS (Independent Television Service) as part of Project 360, a production initiative dedicated to innovative multi-platform work.
In early 2008, Interactive Knowledge collaborated with California Newsreel to produce a pair of web sites for the four-hour PBS documentary “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” This series explores racial and socio-economic inequities in health among Americans. A mini-web at PBS.org site was produced to support the PBS broadcast premiere of the series. The mini-site includes video clips, resources, and transcripts in addition to a “Share your story” section that allows the public to respond with personal stories of health inequity.
In 2004, The Independent Television Service (ITVS) picked IK to create a web site to accompany “The New Americans” series. The site provides educational context for the documentary film, which explores how recent immigrants deal with the joys and frustrations of living in a new country. The site targets the general public with an interest in immigration and global culture, and students and teachers focusing on social studies, art, history and current events.
While developing “THE WAR” web site for PBS, IK was chosen by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s National Center for Outreach to produce a tool for gathering stories from World War II veterans and their families. In less than eight months since THE WAR premiered on PBS, over four thousand stories have been submitted. This tool, called StoryShare is currently in use by 80 PBS stations across the country. IK designed “StoryShare” to function as a user-generated content tool that can collect video, audio or text-based stories submitted by the public.
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick spent over six years researching, planning, recording and editing their documentary film “THE WAR.” This was not a litany of armies, maps and strategies, but a heart-felt and compelling story of how “the war affected people in every house, on every street in every town in America.” As long time fans of Ken Burns’ work, Interactive Knowledge was honored to work with PBS and producing station WETA to build the companion website.
The documentary film “Freedom Riders” is the harrowing yet inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.
Visionary art is described as work produced by self-taught individuals without formal training, whose creations arise from a compulsion or personal vision. OFF THE MAP presents the works of ten untrained, visionary artists from around the world who have created their very own “backyard paradise” in unique and sometimes bizarre ways.
Interactive Knowledge is working with the producers of American Experience, one of PBS’ longest running series, to create an interactive website for Freedom Riders. This film premiered at Sundance in January 2010 and will have a theatrical release before airing on PBS in January 2011.