Boston Local Open Call: Your Asian-American Story

April 13, 2011

May is Asian Pacific American Month and the Lab has paired up with the Boston Asian American Film Festival to ask YOU for stories about growing up Asian in New England. Send us your video stories about what it’s like having a foot in two very different worlds…or are they?!

Click here to send in your video!


The Value of Viral

April 2, 2011

Chris Brogan shared this link on Twitter today:

Top 10 viral videos of March – http://ow.ly/4rLEX

And it got us thinking about not just why on earth would this Skittles ad gets 1.5 million views:



..but it got us wondering about what kind of content people think is worth sharing. Sure, the “interactive” feature of a cat licking your finger is novel and so you share it. Plus, it’s short and silly, but it is 39 seconds you won’t get back!

Advertisers have nailed the viral video category for a long time by using cute kids, cute animal and silly antics. But what should public media content providers be thinking about so that you want to watch and share our stories?

Take a look at one of our new favorites: FutureStates. by ITVS. It opens the door for young filmmakers to share their work, and their visions of what the world could be like in 60, 70 or 80 years are thought provoking. The Lab has already shared some favorite episodes with friends on Facebook. (There is and embed option, but it doesn’t work with our WordPress site! You’ll have to visit them.) What do you think about visiting a destination website? Is it easy to share videos with friends? Would you rather embed it on your blog and give it your own context? Do you like the other features that make you think and ask you to contribute?

At the Lab, we think a lot about what videos people are making and watching, what videos they are sharing and how to help the public create their own. Of course we like to see good stories go “viral”, but maybe it’s not the only way to become a trusted source of good content. Tell us what you think, what you like or what public media content you have shared with friends in the comments below!


RSVP’s Coming In for Stonewall Uprising Open Call

December 23, 2010

Yes, the holiday season is upon us, and for many aspiring video and film makers that means a break from the day job to get out the cameras and get serious about storytelling. Perfect timing! The Lab’s new open call is in full swing. We want your stories about the gay rights movement as you see it happening right now in your community.

RSVPs have just started to come in, as you can see from the map below (click to visit the live version). What’s your story idea?  Be sure to let us know.

If you haven’t already visited the Stonewall Uprising Open Call home page, please do! There is a trailer there of the film, which airs on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE this April, and there are plenty of tips and advice, a page about our incredible contest judges and more.

Need some inspiration to tell a story about gay rights? Follow the lab on Twitter (WGBHLab) and check out our daily news feed: WGBH Lab Gay Rights Watch.