New events highlight cross-platform stories

Film Society of Lincoln Center is expanding its transmedia programming with new initiatives and partnerships that will be part of the org’s new-media-centric Convergence program.

FSLC, the Gotham nonprofit that runs the New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films, will curate and host regular events focused on storytelling across digital, mobile and social-media platforms. Roster of offerings will be presented in partnership with StoryCode — a nonprofit that organizes local gatherings of transmedia producers from the world of film, tech, vidgames and advertising — as well as vidgame culture mag Kill Screen.

Among the newly skedded events are a 24-hour marathon competish in cross-platform storytelling slugged Story Hack Beta, set for April 28-29 and presented by FSLC and StoryCode. Teams of competitors, pulled from all creatives backgrounds, will be tasked with telling a single story over three or more tech platforms.

Also on the new slate are a regular series of talks with transmedia types, with upcoming participants including the creative director of Toronto-based content producer Smokebomb and a producer of dance-theater-installation hybrid “Sleep No More.” Other offerings, in partnership with Kill Screen, will focus on vidgame figures including former execs at Rockstar Games and Thatgamecompany.

“It’s a form of storytelling that we feel needs a deeper critical dialogue,” said Eugene Hernandez, FSLC’s director of digital strategy. “It’s very easy to focus on the technology, but as this type of storytelling matures, you need to develop a vocabulary for talking critically about it. That’s where we feel we can contribute.”

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