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Academy Guest Instructor, Producer (NFB)

SOULPEPPER ACADEMY: New Media and Interactive Storytelling

Guest Instructor

David Oppenheim is a producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio where his recent credits include Otherly, a series of creative documentaries for Instagram Stories, co-produced with PBS/POV, Agence (Venice Film Festival), The Book of Distance (Sundance New Frontier, Tribeca Storyscapes, Venice Film Festival), the upcoming Soulpepper and NAC production of Draw Me Close (Tribeca Storyscapes, Venice Film Festival), the Webby award-winning Universe Within, the final chapter of the NFB’s Highrise project, and the interactive documentary The Space We Hold which was awarded the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, Best Original Interactive Production at the Canadian Screen Awards, and the Columbia University Digital Dozen Storytelling Award. David is currently producing a number of creative non-fiction film, interactive, and immersive projects. He is a past resident of the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab.

New Media and Interactive Storytelling

This strand of the Soulpepper Academy will introduce new forms of storytelling across genres, technologies and platforms. Instead of a “gee-whiz, cool tech” approach, we’ll look at technology and design, in the service of storytelling. Participants will be encouraged to dive in with healthy skepticism and curiosity. References, guest speakers, and readings will come from the world of virtual reality, mixed reality, games, interactive fiction and non-fiction, and of course, theatre and performance.