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Now hiring: The Tillman Story Interactive Edition

The Tillman Story was awarded a grant by the Tribeca New Media Fund in October 2011, and the film is being reworked for the web in a partnership between Axis Films, Investigative Editors and Reporters (makers of DocumentCloud), and Mozilla (makers of Popcorn.js).

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 and introduce yourself.


-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, Popcorn, and other creative libraries 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 compensation

-Collaborates with developers from the Mozilla community and DocumentCloud

-Ideally based in New York, L.A. or San Francisco. Remote work an option.


Interested? Email and introduce yourself!