Movie lovers around the world can share their family history through precious family photos at the Sundance Film Festival. Award-winning director Thomas Allen Harris is bringing to the premier Park City event his innovative traveling roadshow, the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR), which captures the stories and histories of American families in a national family photo archive. People can participate by uploading family photographs to Instagram using #1World1Family or #DDFRtv to tag their images, a selection of which will be shown in a multimedia presentation at the Festival. The event—scheduled for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, at 6:00 p.m.—is a part of the festival’s New Frontier exhibition, which offers media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, panel discussions and more.
Modeled on the Emmy-nominated PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” which examines family heirlooms and uncovers the stories behind them, the DDFR Roadshow is a community photo-sharing session, a veritable show-and-tell of fascinating family stories. Since its founding in 2009, DDFR has held 13 live events in five cities, generated 8.2 million media impressions and conducted more than 600 interviews. In the process the initiative has gathered more than 6,500 photographs, which are part of the virtual, user-generated One World, One Family photo album.
Participants at the Festival event will share histories and intimate reflections of personal images projected onto the big screen in front of a live audience, which is transformed through the experience into an extended communal family. Each individual photo journey gathered during the DDFR Roadshow will be edited into “mini-movie” webisodes and shared on DDFR.tv and BlackPublicMedia.org.