After learning so much from a few producers and funders, it was time to hear from another Director. Kat’s project, Burgundy Jazz, (funded largely by the Canada Media Fund, where our last guest came from) is a convergent media documentary focusing on the small community of black jazz musicians from Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood.
The web-based, interactive doc preserves a “cinematic” quality through video capsules that can be watched in a linear or non-linear fashion. Extensive archival material is presented to the viewer through a dynamic interface that encourages meandering. The project even includes an interactive audio tour for iPhone, so that you can walk around the Little Burgundy neighborhood and hear about how many of the jazz clubs that were so important in the Golden Age of Jazz have since become parking lots… But through this app, their ghost-sounds live on.
As we were coming to a close with our own projects, it was helpful to hear about some of the challenges that are always associated with this kind of multi-platform work: certain things that everyone must manage include coordinating remote team members efficiently, developing media partnerships and creating a blueprint of your target audience.
Kat’s advice on our work-in-progress was very helpful. Next week, we should have some results to show for it!