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[JOB] Transmedia project opportunity, Tillman Story Interactive / Development Manager

The Tillman Story is the award winning documentary about Pat Tillman, who left his professional football career to serve in the Army Rangers in 2003. Director Amir Bar-Lev explores the Tillman family’s journey to discover the truth about Pat’s death after he was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.
Awarded a grant by the Tribeca New Media Fund in October 2011, the film is being reworked for the web in a partnership between Axis Films, Investigative Editors and Reporters, and Mozilla.
The project is entering pre-production this February, and is seeking a lead developer.

This is an opportunity to chart a new kind of storytelling, with technology that’s ripe with possibility, and a story that continues to weigh on the American conscience. Interested? Email <>.

Tillman Story Interactive / Development Manager

Dynamic developer needed to helm exciting web-based interactive documentary project. This is a hybrid project coordinator / developer position leading a team of passionate makers.
A web-based version of acclaimed documentary THE TILLMAN STORY has been undertaken by filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev, with help from from Tribeca Film Institute, DocumentCloud, and Mozilla. Viewer swill be able to access, navigate, and annotate never before seen outtakes and documents in a HTML5, popcorn.js based platform.
This is both a leap into the future of storytelling, and an exercise in participatory journalism. Read more about the project here. ( ) Read more about the original feature film The Tillman Story here. ( ) Development begins early 2012.
  • coordinate with a team of passionate storytellers and technologists to execute an innovative web documentary project.
  • coordinate technical development of The Tillman Story Interactive Edition, working with producers, advisors, journalists, and a broader open source community
  • lead the development of a user front-end experience that integrates video, documents, and other resources using popcorn.js and DocumentCloud
  • work closely with developers at Mozilla and DocumentCloud to develop a powerful open source toolkit to be piloted through this project, and expanded over time
  • help drive engagement with journalists and the public through the platform
  • make the final product as magnetic, engaging, and cutting-edge as possible.
  • good JavaScript skills (experience with JQuery or Popcorn is awesome)
  • great design sense and comfort with front-end development
  • special skills with graphics, UX, other user-facing work a plus
  • passion for good information architecture
  • loves exploring the future of interaction and storytelling
  • comfortable with uncertainty
  • comfortable working with filmmakers, journalists, and others to tell a good story and change the world.
  • Reports to the director Amir Bar Lev, Axis Films
  • 3 month contract, competitive
  • Collaborates with developers from the Mozilla community and DocumentCloud
  • Ideally based in New York, L.A. or San Francisco. Remote work an option.