Tribeca Hacks: Archives


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We are excited to partner with the Tribeca Film Institute to present “Tribeca Hacks: Archives,” a three-day hackathon culminating in a juried panel and exhibition in San Francisco from March 21 – 23.

We are now accepting applications from artists, filmmakers, designers and developers who wish to participate on this hack.The application deadline has been extended, and accepted participants will be notified on Friday, March 8.

“Hacking the Archives” is an opportunity for San Francisco’s leading filmmakers and technologists to exchange concepts and find ways to breathe new life into freely available archived footage online.

Along with Tribeca Film Institute, thanks also goes out to our archive partners: San Francisco Public Library, Prelinger Archives and Internet Archive.

Rick Prelinger himself will be speaking to launch the event, alongside Jono Brandel from the Google Data Arts team (who have an exciting new cinematic project to announce) and Jason Forrest, founder of the curated archive Network Awesome, who will be joining via Skype from Berlin!

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Thursday March 21st:

6-7pm: Introductions
7-8pm: Presentations from Rick Prelinger (Prelinger Archives), Jono Brandel (Google Data Arts) and Jason Forrest (Network Awesome).
8-9pm: Team Formation
9-12am: Working

Friday March 22nd:

9am: Breakfast
9-12pm: Working
12pm: Lunch
12-7pm: Working
7pm: Dinner
7-12am: Working

Saturday March 23rd:

9am: Breakfast
9-12pm: Working
12pm: Lunch
12-3pm: Working
5-9pm: Exhibition, presentations and judging (full details tba).


Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer and filmmaker. His collection of 60,000 ephemeral films was acquired by Library of Congress in 2002. Beginning in 2000, he partnered with Internet Archive to make 3,800 films available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. His archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004) played in venues around the world, and his new feature project No More Road Trips?, a project of Creative Capital, premiered at South by Southwest this month. His Lost Landscapes projects have played to many thousands of viewers in San Francisco, Detroit and elsewhere. He is a board member of Internet Archive and frequently writes and speaks on the future of archives and issues relating to archival access and regeneration. With Megan Prelinger, he co-founded Prelinger Library (www.prelingerlibrary.org), open to the public at 8th and Folsom.

Jono Brandel (b. May 22, 1986) relies on the combination of two fundamental disciplines: graphic design and computer programming. The results of this mixture vary in form, but usually have a screen-based component. He explores procedural aesthetics.

Jono studied Design | Media Arts with a minor in Latin at UCLA. He went on to receive two artist grants one at cheLA and the other at Fabrica. He is now part of the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab. His work has been showcased at the Tate Modern, OFFF, and HAMMER Museum. He has also had the pleasure to perform alongside Boys Noize, Deadmau5, Crystal Castles, and many others accompanying their music with moving image.

Jason Forrest is an electronic musician working in a variety of styles. He is also founder and Creative Director at Network Awesome, an online TV Network, and runs two record labels, Nightshifters (for club music) and Cock Rock Disco (for experimental sounds). He’s a busy guy.

His sample-based music has been a pioneering force in the experimental music community since 1999. His new album, “The Everything” is his 5th full-length album and continues the creative and musical direction of his critically acclaimed 2005 album “Shamelessly Exciting”.

Forrest currently resides in Berlin with his wife Jen Ray. He has released records in the US, UK, EU, and Japan, has played on 5 continents and many, many shows around the world garnering him a large international audience along the way.



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