Five images from the POV Hackathon 3 documentary projects

The projects selected for POV Hackathon 3 (April 13-14, 2013) include Portraits of the Enemies, The List Project MOOC, How to Lose Your Virginity, Return to Elwha and @home.

POV Hackathon 3 will take place at the offices of Huge in Brooklyn, New York, April 13-14, 2013.

Five teams of filmmakers and developers will be challenged to create web documentary prototypes – be they mobile sites, web apps, widgets, games or something we’ve never seen before – over two days of intense collaboration. Here’s a little more about the selected projects and teams:

Portraits of the Enemies

A web-based documentary that juxtaposes portraits of enemy fighters face-to-face by international photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa.

Karim Ben Khelifa is an award winning photojournalist who freelances regularly for Time Magazine, Le Monde, Stern, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and dozens of others. He is also the co-founder of He has worked in more than 80 countries and territories and has had exhibition on four continents. Karim is in 2013 the Carroll Binder Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

» Portfolio Website
» Company Website
» Follow @KBenK on Twitter
» Follow @karimbenkhelifa on Instagram

Maria Rabinovich is an artist and developer interested in novel experiences afforded by new communication technologies. She likes to think about how these experiences frame information and effect our relationship to our devices and each other. She loves hackathons and building rapid prototypes to experiment with ideas.

» Portfolio Website
» Follow @mariarabinovich on Twitter

Jack Kalish is a new media artist, designer, and software developer living and working in New York City. He is interested in the convergence of art and technology as a means of exploring new ideas through engagement and immersion.

» Portfolio Website
» Follow @BusyBeingJack on Twitter

The List

A digital initiative that highlights the plight of refugees with a goal of spurring action.

» The List Website
» The List trailer

Sean Flynn is a documentary producer and Director of the Points North Documentary Forum at Camden International Film Festival. Recently, Sean spent four months in India on a Fulbright developing a participatory media project. In September, he will join MIT’s Open Documentary Lab as a research assistant and Master’s candidate.

» Follow @seanflynnfilm on Twitter

Laura Scherling is a designer who works with print, web, and interactive mediums. Her interests include participatory culture and green education initiatives. She works in The New School’s in-house design studio (Office of Communications) and is the co-creator of GreenspaceNYC. She is writing a dissertation about placemaking and design, likes baseball, and Game of Thrones.

» Portfolio Website
» Company Website
» Follow @greenspacenyc on Twitter

Cameron Hickey is a developer, cinematographer and producer focused on documentary and television news, primarily for PBS. Hickey shoots and produces science stories for the PBS NewsHour, and has produced, directed, shot, and/or edited for PBS, BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera English, and WNET THIRTEEN. Hickey was a founding member of DocAgora, a doc-media thinktank focused on the intersection between documentary and interactive technology.

» Portfolio Website
» Follow on Vimeo
» Follow @cameronhickey on Twitter

How to Lose Your Virginity

A feature documentary and digital crowd-sourced storytelling project about the myth and meaning of virginity in American culture.

» How to Lose Your Virginity Website
» The V-Card Diaries project
» Follow How to Lose Your Virginity on Facebook
» Follow How to Lose Your Virginity on Tumblr

Therese Shechter fuses humor-spiked, personal narrative with grassroots activism to make award-winning documentaries such as I Was A Teenage Feminist and How I Learned to Speak Turkish. Her films and writings have appeared worldwide, and she’s spoken at venues as diverse as Harvard University and Galapagos Art Space.

» Follow @trixiefilms on Twitter

Ellice Litwak is interested in exploring the areas between autobiography and fiction. For the last three years, she has contributed her writing, editing and research expertise to How to Lose Your Virginity. In addition to this documentary project, Ellice works for a New York-based LGBTQ Jewish organization.

Steven Melendez is a programmer-journalist on the data news team at WNYC. Having previously worked as a developer and reporter, he holds an MS in journalism from Northwestern University and a BA in computer science from Harvard University.

» Company Website
» Follow @smelendez on Twitter

Cori Schattner is an interactive designer, product manager, strategist, and multimedia raconteur. She has executed award-winning interactive TV applications for brands including Lipton and AXE. Currently she’s responsible for architecting a supply flow for integrating eBook-based learning into K-12 classrooms.

» Follow @CoriSchattner on Twitter

Return to Elwha

A web-based documentary project that follows the largest dam removal in United States history.

» Return to Elwha Website
» Return to Elwha Trailer

Jason Jaacks is a nonfiction multimedia storyteller working at the intersection of social issues and the environment. He is currently pursuing a Masters at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

» Production Company Website
» Follow @jasonjaacks on Twitter

Erik Reyna is visual journalist who has just begun his graduate studies in New Media at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He earned his Bachelors of Journalism in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

» Portfolio Website
» Follow @erikreyna on Twitter


A project combining documentary film, social media, and a real-world game that conveys one simple idea: homelessness can be solved and that we are all part of the solution.

» @home trailer
» Follow @home_campaign on Twitter

Danny Alpert is the producer of @home and executive director of the Kindling Group. He is a producer, director and editor whose films have been nominated for Academy and Emmy Awards, and have aired on PBS, HBO, A&E, and at festivals around the world. His projects have been consistently accompanied by innovative and effective community engagement campaigns.

» Production Company Website
» Follow @dannyalpert on Twitter
» Follow @KindlingGroup on Twitter

Heidi Boisvert is a new media artist, game designer, experimental filmmaker, writer and educator. She designed the first 3D social change game, ICED I Can End Deportation and America 2049. Heidi founded and serves as the CEO & Creative Director of futurePerfect lab. She is a PhD candidate in the Electronic Arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

» Company Website
» Follow @hjboisvert on Twitter

Josh Klobe and Brandon Forant work at Alchemy50. Josh is the Technical Director. He has been making applications for mobile devices for almost as long as there have been mobile devices. Brandon is the Art Director, and is a specialist in branding, mobile, and web design.

» Company Website
» Follow @alchemy50 on Twitter

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