American Documentary Inc. announced today the selection of Brian Chirls as its POV Digital Technology Fellow. In a yearlong fellowship, Chirls will work to develop digital tools for documentary filmmakers, journalists and other nonfiction media-makers. The position is a first for POV and is funded as part of a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Chirls, formerly Lead Video Player Developer for the interactive video platform Hapyak, is a recognized innovator in the independent film world, dating back to his pioneering work with 2005’s “Four-Eyed Monsters,” the first feature-length film featured on YouTube, the first to screen in a virtual world, and the first to be distributed based on audience demand. He has also worked on interactive projects such as the citizen journalism documentary “18 Days in Egypt,” an interactive making-of version of an OK Go music video, and the browser-based video compositing tool Seriously.js.
Chirls will report to Adnaan Wasey, Executive Producer of POV Digital, and will work with filmmakers and various non-fiction producers. For more information check out their website.