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A diverse group helping people get into documentaries by sharing interesting, international, smart and short non-fiction vids.
Friends since college, Lauren Kesner O’Brien and Steffie Kinglake have been sharing videos with each other for years. They decided to broadcast their discoveries to the masses by putting together a website devoted to “interesting, international, smart and short non-fiction videos,” says Lauren. A fresh and quirky spot they call telegraph21 (a nod to the 19th century invention that made real-time communication possible), after launching in January, it’s been proving those who told them there weren’t enough good documentaries out there wrong.
From their offices in Barcelona and New York, and with a heavy reliance on Skype, a diverse international team runs the page. “Our team reflects our vision. We want telegraph21 to showcase and celebrate work from media makers all around the world,” explains Steffie. The page features a new, short (ten minutes or less) video that includes interactive components like interviews with the director or producer, links to related sites, articles, screenings or DVD information, photos, tweets and e-postcards every Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. They also program videos based on themes. With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, they’ll have environment- related documentaries. Also look out for their Best of Student DOCS 2010 contest, showcasing the talent of student filmmakers from around the world.