An interactive documentary, CLOUDS, presents a portrait of open source creative communities who use the Processing, oepnFrameworks and Cinder toolkits. Conversations with 45 digital pioneers form a network of stories about invention and discovery. The film is presented as an interactive application where people coexist with code in a hybrid realm and dynamic 3D graphics are used to visualize their ideas and the connections among them.

James George is an artist using code to discover creative potential in emerging technology. Recently he has been applying computational photography techniques to portraiture and interactive storytelling. His work has been shown internationally at exhibitions such as Enter5 Prague, Beall Art and Technology Center, the Poland Photography Biennale, SP_Urban Sao Paulo, Creators Project in New York, Sundance New Frontier, and Tribeca Storyscapes.

Through sharing his software open source he enables others to express themselves using the techniques he develops. James is co-creator of the RGBDToolkit, a widely used open source software for exploring depth cameras as a cinematic tool, a technique featured in CLOUDS.

James holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Washington, Seattle. His work has been supported through residencies at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media in Japan, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, and Microsoft Research.

Jonathan Minard is a new-media documentarian who approaches technological through an anthropological lens. His work follows cultural shifts at the frontiers of science and art, and develops new cinematic techniques for crafting stories of invention and discovery.

At the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, he was a filmmaker in residence in a lab competing in the Google Lunar X Prize to send a robot to the Moon. His work has screened at CERN, Sundance New Frontier Festival, Tribeca Film Festival's Storyscapes, Imagine Science Film Festival.

His most recent project, CLOUDS, a computational documentary co-directed with James George, explores a network of conversations with digital artists in virtual reality. He is a fellow at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, and the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in Pittsburgh.

CLOUDS is supported by The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Eyebeam, The CLOUDS Kickstarter backers, Microsoft, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, and NYU ITP.

Session: CLOUDS: Directors' Flythrough

View a live navigation of CLOUDS, a computational documentary exploring art and code, led by the creators James George and Jonathan Minard.