New York / Amsterdam – March 9, 2016
Submarine Channel in co-production with POV Digital, part of the PBS documentary series POV (Point of View), will present a sneak preview of Emmy®-nominated filmmakers Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill’s EXIT: A Mobile Guide to the Post Apocalypse at Convergence at SXSW on Monday, March 14 at 2 p.m. CT at the Austin Convention Center.
EXIT offers an escape from the doomsday thinking that is ruining our collective imaginations. An experience for smartphones composed of a suite of interconnected nonfiction stories, EXIT dares users to entertain a shocking possibility: that mankind may survive (and even thrive) beyond the challenges that await us in the future.
Set in an apocalypse-obsessed United States, EXIT chronicles the journey of married Dutch-American filmmakers Jongsma + O’Neill as they struggle to come to terms with their existential fears that are unleashed when they become new parents. “Are you terrified to bring children into our dirty, crowded world?” the doc asks. “Is your mind burdened by dystopian scenarios both realistic (overpopulation, drone warfare) and fantastical (the Revelation)?” This struggle propels the couple on a cross-country trip where they encounter a wild collection of misfits and geniuses who have found their own form of peace with an uncertain, and potentially disastrous, tomorrow.
As part of EXIT’s sneak preview at SXSW, Submarine Channel, POV and the filmmakers will present the first chapter, A Kid-Friendly Apocalypse. It tells the story of Trackers Earth’s Zombie Survival Camp, a Portland, Ore.-based camp where kids, ages 6 to 16, learn wilderness survival skills in a day-long simulation of the “zombie apocalypse.” The complete series will be released in the fall of 2016.
To attend the sneak preview at SXSW, visit: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_PP57739. For a demo of EXIT, contact POV at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“To tell our story, we opted for the most post-apocalyptic of all formats: the smartphone,” said Jongsma and O’Neill. “Many filmmakers view mobile phones not as ideal screens for watching movies, but as pocket-sized harbingers of cinematic apocalypse. But we decided to embrace this scary new medium, and have designed a storytelling experience that plays to the trance-inducing, touch-based strengths of mobile design.”
“Mobile video is continuing its wild growth, but what does it mean to make video for mobile devices and not just on them?” said POV Digital Executive Producer Adnaan Wasey. “EXIT is tackling how we use the inherent features of these devices—touching, moving, turning, swiping, pinching, pulling—to create a new kind of experience, one that is very intuitive and one that we think other developers will want to emulate.”
“O’Neill and Jongsma embody this ethos perfectly, making it a perfect collaboration,” said Submarine Channel Founder Femke Wolting. “They are auteurs in a new medium; they tell a personal story about existential questions about life after having a child, in an innovative way, embracing the qualities of the mobile platform as a storytelling device.”
EXIT is created, written, directed and co-produced by Jongsma + O’Neill, whose Empire was nominated for a 2015 News & Documentary Emmy—and produced by Submarine Channel in co-production with POV Digital. The project is designed by Bitcaves and developed by the Van Leeuwen Brothers.
About Jongsma + O’Neill
Eline Jongsma & Kel O’Neill, are award-winning Dutch-American filmmakers, working at the intersection of documentary, art and technology. They are the 2015 winners of the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award. Their latest project, the Emmy®-nominated and Webby-honored documentary Empire, was one of the first interactive projects acquired by POV. Their work has been exhibited by such world-renowned institutions as Lincoln Center, REDCAT and the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, and has appeared at the New York Film Festival, Tribeca Storyscapes, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, The Los Angeles Film Festival and South by Southwest.
About Submarine Channel
Submarinechannel.com is an Emmy® Award-winning production studio and distribution platform for original transmedia documentaries, fiction, and genre-defying entertainment. From studios in Amsterdam and Los Angeles, previous productions include the Emmy®-nominated transmedia project Collapsus, the Emmy® Award-winning transmedia documentary Last Hijack Interactive, and the multiple award-winning interactive web documentary Refugee Republic. Submarine Channel is part of the production outfit Submarine, founded in 2000 by Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting.
About POV Digital
Since 1994, POV Digital has driven new storytelling initiatives and interactive production for POV. The department created PBS’s first program website and its first web-based documentary (POV’s Borders) and has won major awards, including a Webby Award (and six nominations) and an Online News Association Award. POV Digital continues to explore the future of independent nonfiction media through its digital productions and the POV Hackathon lab, where media makers and technologists collaborate to re-invent storytelling forms.
EXIT is a Submarine Channel production in coproduction with POV Digital. This project was made with the support of the Non-fiction Transmedia Programme (A collaboration of: Creative Industries Fund, Dutch Media Fund and the Netherlands Film Fund) and Amsterdam Municipality.
Editors’ Note: For more information and interview request please contact Yaniv Wolf, Tel: +31 (0)20 330 1226, Cell: +31 (0)6 4184 9614, E-mail: Yaniv@submarine.nl