PRISM TV (Nikos Katsaounis & Nina Paschalidou)

Nikos Katsaounis

Born (1978) in Athens, is a filmmaker, producer and co-creator of The Prism GR2010, who lives and works in New York City. After completing his MA in media studies at the New School, New York, he worked for Loki films on films (The Boys of Baraka, Jesus Camp etc). His interest in short format documentaries for the web led him to produce several series online, which combined animation and video -he calls them info-snacks. Lately, he has been exploring the world of multimedia story telling and has produced and directed many webisodes, two feature films, and many animations. The Prism GR2010 is his latest experiment, combining the latest technology and techniques to document Greece during this critical time in its history. He has been awarded in various occasions for his documentary work, most notably as a member of the NBC team that received an Emmy in 2004. His work focuses primarily on social, environmental and esoteric themes.

 

Nina-Maria Paschalidou

Born (1975) in Veria, Greece, is a filmmaker, journalist, and producer with extensive experience on documentaries focused on social strife, war and forgotten populations. She received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications at Boston University and her graduate degree in Entrepreneurship at Bentley University. She has studied film at La Femis in Paris and at the New York University. She is also a Fellow in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. For the past twelve years, Nina has reported for To Vima and Kathimerini, the two major newspapers in Greece. Since 2007, she has been a producer for "Exandas" Documentary Series, an Athens-based documentary group that has won many international awards. She has also produced and directed independent documentaries, such as Spirited Paths: the life of Human Rights Heroes and Boxing Cuba. She is also the author of Kanun: A child's Play, a documentary book on blood feud in Albania, and From Chaos to Harmony: The Life of Mikis Theodorakis, a film about the life of the Greek composer. She is the founder of Forest Troop, an independent documentary and multimedia group and co-owner of www.protagon.gr, a news blog created by prominent Greek journalists. The Prism GR2010 is her first exploration into multimedia storytelling and her attempt to document this critical moment in Greek history.

 

The Prism GR2010 is a collective documentation of Greece during the winter of 2010, a multimedia experiment exploring new formats of non-fiction narratives and multimedia storytelling. The Prism is the creation of Nikos Katsaounis and Nina-Maria Paschalidou, both of them documentary filmmakers, producers and friends. In the winter of 2010, Greece being in the midst of a financial and social meltdown, Nina and Nikos returned home after having lived abroad for many years. Their desire was to tell the story of the tormented country they witnessed, through a new type of narrative. Through a process of creative collaboration and documentation, they put together a group of 14 photojournalists and videographers, mentoring and enabling them to make the transition to multimedia storytellers.

 

The Prism GR2010 is the outcome of the experiment: 27 multimedia stories, as echoed through the voices of people from various walks of life that have been affected by the crisis. In this critical time, we have the capacity to share stories from different perspectives like never before. The Prism GR2010 fuses these stories together with the hope that they allow us to reflect upon who we are. The films were gradually uploaded every week to the Prism website and in the fall of 2011, a feature-length documentary film will be woven together from all the short multimedia stories in a first attempt at open-source documentary filmmaking.

 

What do you see through the Prism?

Photos

Chryssa Panousiadou, Road, Rage and Relics (Cover image), February 2011, Digital Print, Courtesy : The Prism

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon