The Lab in partnership with the World channel

April 26, 2011

We have mentioned the WORLD channel before when listing the variety of outlets the Lab has for the videos you send to us. Formerly called PBS WORLD, it’s a multicast digital broadcast, sent over the airwaves for free, and bringing you your favorite PBS shows and independent documentaries on 53 television stations across the US. WORLD also has an incredibly interactive website, full of film content, special guest blogs and lots of ways to meet the the filmmakers and participate on special topics.

What we didn’t tell you is that we’re also in the same Boston, MA building! For the next few months, the Lab is going to work more closely with World and apply our Open Call method to help grow the World’s community of smart viewers, video contributors, comment makers, guest bloggers and discerning critics. Please visit and tell us what you want to see there, we welcome you to the conversations on the website, on Facebook and Twitter.

World organizes the content they bring you according to theme. Below, see what you have to look forward to in the next couple of months. Have a programming idea for us? Be sure to let the Lab and World know!

MAY: The Journey A trip is about crossing a border, whereas a journey expands the borders of our minds. Whether it be the extraordinary story of a group of people with disabilities rafting down the Colorado River or a traveling band of civil rights activists fighting against segregation, this theme brings together stories of journeys and the changes they evoke, in individuals as well as in societies.

JUNE: 9 to 5 For most people, work is necessary for survival, but it’s not the only reason why we spend so many of our waking hours on the job. In a Great Recession world, one in which the minority are increasingly tethered to work by devices and the majority continue to make less than $2 a day, how does the work we do shape who we are?

Starting in May, World will also play host to a special set of international documentaries, the Global Voices series, produced by the Independent Television Service. Here’s a preview of the topics we’ll tackle on air and online:


The WGBH Lab: Antiques Roadshow Open Call gets a write up in The New York Times

June 10, 2010

We partnered with Antiques Roadshow earlier this year for the Antiques Roadshow Open Call – asking enthusiasts to submit videos about their antiques. The project gained national publication recognition early on, and caught the eye of a New York Times writer after she viewed some of more “quarky” entries. The article discusses the “Reality TV” aspect of the Open Call, and names submissions that stood out and won tickets to live Antiques Roadshow appraisal events.

Visit the article at: Princeton’s Faculty Room and Britain’s Rail Posters, and you’re highly encouraged to watch all submissions at One submission showcases the remains of “Jumbo”, the famous Barnum and Bailey Circus elephant!

The Antiques Roadshow Open Call has been extended through Memorial Day Weekend

May 28, 2010

The MASTERPIECE Video Diary Project Submissions | Inspired by “The Diary of Anne Frank” | PBS

April 2, 2010

Happy Good Friday!  Here’s a sneak peak of the broadcast promo that will be added to PBS airing of The Diary of Anne Frank on April 11th.  We hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to submit & spread the world about the MASTERPIECE Video Diary Open Call.

PBS — March 30, 2010 — The Diary of Anne Frank on MASTERPIECE Classic, hosted by Laura Linney WGBH Open Call submissions period ends May 31 // We asked people inspired by Anne Frank’s diary to share their own stories. Here are some examples, which will be seen on PBS during the broadcast of “The Diary of Anne Frank” on Sunday, April 11.

Filmmaker In Residence Monika Navarro’s documentary “Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)” premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS

March 23, 2010

Filmmaker in Residence Alum Monika Navarro gets the opportunity to tell the story of the emotional journey of her uncle, a U.S. Military vet deported to Mexico, and uncovers the secrets of her family’s past in her new INDEPENDENT LENS documentary, “Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)”.

In 1999, two brothers were deported from the US to Mexico. Within two weeks, one of the brothers overdosed on heroin in a seedy Tijuana hotel room, his body unclaimed for two months in a mass grave. “Animas Perdidas” explores the family drama that unfolds from the lives of these two men, both raised in the US and veterans of the US military, who were deported from the only country they knew and had sworn to protect. Interviewing family members, and weaving together family photographs, letters, and verité footage, Navarro’s film explores larger questions of national identity, immigration, and U.S. border tensions as her family confronts its dark but resilient past.

“Animas Perdidas”; (Lost Souls) is Monika Navarro’s debut documentary feature, funded in part by an Emerging Artist’s Grant from the City of Ventura Council for the Humanities. Animas Perdidas was selected to screen at the 2006 IFP Market as a Work-in-Progress in the Spotlight on Documentaties. Monika is a first-generation Mexican-American and was raised in Ventura, California. She has lived and traveled in Mexico, and served as a youth delegate in 2000 with the Chiapas Media Project. Monika received her BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 2003, and currently lives in Massachusetts.

Congratulations to Monika!  We hope you will all tune in and watch her masterpiece.

To find out when “Lost Souls” is airing near you, please check PBS Schedule.  “Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)” is a co-production of ITVS in association with WGBH-Boston and LPB.

Lost Souls can be purchased at Shop PBS: Lost Souls
Lost Souls (Educational) can be purchased at Shop PBS: Lost Souls

The WGBH Lab Launches The Antiques Roadshow Open Call

January 14, 2010

Hey WGBH Lab Friends,

Happy New Year! As you start to put all the holiday decorations away, we want you to start taking a closer look at those old items sitting around.

We all have them, sitting in the attic or closet, passed down by a cousin’s cousin, estranged fathers, or a mothers, sister’s brother.

We hold on to them because they are a part of our family and because, we hope to someday pass them along to younger generations – even if all they become is trendy décor, or dust collectors. And we all hope that their history will someday tell a story.

We’re ready to hear it.

Does it make you laugh? Cry? Who gave you the piece, and what did they tell you about it? Whatever the details, The WGBH Lab, in partnership with PBS’s own Antiques Roadshow, wants to see your item and hear its story. Showcase your piece in an original home movie or creative short film, no longer than 2 minutes. Be unique, and fun with your antique and its story. We want your video to dazzle our audience, and us as well.

Your reward? – How about a pair of tickets to a live taping of Antiques Roadshow this summer?

From now, until the end of May, we will be awarding 3 video submissions with a pair of VIP tickets to attend a live taping of an Antiques Roadshow appraisal event.

Additionally, your video could be chosen by Antiques Roadshow for national broadcast at a later date, to be featured on their website, or chosen as a stand alone video short to be aired on PBS stations nationwide!

Take a moment to visit us at: The Antiques Roadshow Open Call, review our Eligibility and Guidelines for submission deadlines, and our Official Rules to make sure your video qualifies.

Then, dig out your treasure and get working on your video!

Good luck! We look forward to learning about your antiques,

The WGBH Lab

WGBH Lab Update: NOVA’s “What Darwin Never Knew”, Deadline for submissions, and new Life Stories

December 30, 2009

Hey WGBH Lab Friends,

Did you watch NOVA’s “What Darwin Never Knew”, last night? Did it inspire you? We sure hope so, because, today is the last day for you to submit your Life Stories for our NOVA Open Call. Get your submission in today at, and your video short may be broadcast in conjunction with future NOVA programming on Life and Evolution.

Not submitting a Life Story? That’s okay – you can still visit the site and leave comments for your favorite submissions. Review Life Stories, and let us know which ones were your favorites.

Here are some new submissions:


I Am Evolution – If evolution, as a totality, became self-aware, and could express itself, this is what it might say.

The Colors of Veil – Explore the journey of a former US solider who converted to Islam, and found a new purpose for her life.

Impromptu Life – Containing an introduction of self and project, this animation is based off of life ideas and concepts.


View more at:

Have a great day,
The WGBH Lab