The Live Doc Project steers audiences from the set paths created by historians, film editors and pre-coded point-and-click choices, toward more complex experiences.


a film about something that happened, combining images, words and music to make an argument. In live docs these component pieces are torn from the editor’s timeline and thrown up onto the stage to fit together in unique ways in conjunction with participant-spectators.


Every story/history/film comes from a perspective. Live docs open those perspectives to audiences and invite them in.


Interactivity moves from isolated face-to-screen interactions to those in which audiences engage and learn from each other. Co-created with the audience, no two live doc performances are ever the same.

June 30, 2017 - Network for European Cinema Scholars, Paris, France

“Embodied Audiences and Historical Truth in the Internet Age”

March 22, 2017 - Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago

“Manifesto for New Historiophoties: Off-roading Audiovisual Histories, Foregrounding Polyvocalities and Human-to-Human Interactivity via Live Participatory Documentary”

October 29, 2016 - Film & History, Milwaukee

“Live Documentary: Independent, Interactive and Social Media in Analog Space”

August 11, 2016 - Visible Evidence, Bozeman, Montana

“Toward Historiophoty: Historical Documentary via Participatory Live Cinema Performance”

June 29, 2016 - Network for European Cinema Scholars, Potsdam, Germany

“Live Documentary and Communal Authorship in Analog Space”

Mobile Application

Live Doc Project built and designed a mobile experience for audience members to contribute insights, feedback and vote on aspects of the performance.

Available for Download in Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

– Live Question & Answer

– Audience Polls

– Community Discussion

– Anonymous Feedback

– Public Reviews & Ratings

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