PROJECT: SPOILED is an interactive motion graphic story that explores the oil resource curse. Users move through 3D cinematic landscapes that are swiped, tilted and interactively played on mobile or VR devices.
DEMO: Explore "Satanville", a shantytown on the outskirts of of an oil drilling complex in the deserts of Chad, Africa. http://opertoon.com/spoiled/2/
SYNOPSIS: SPOILED travels to communities around the globe that suffer from the "oil resource curse", a phenomenon whereby countries that are rich in oil tend to grow more poor and more violent. SPOILED looks at how the oil industry operates around the globe in conjunction with host governments and bears account to the social injustices and environmental disasters that occur globally. Nigeria, for example, struck oil in 70s and has been a major supplier to the US and Europe. Yet since then there has been a rise in violence, gangsterism, economic inequality, and oil spills equivalent to the Exxon-Valdez spill every year for the past 50 years. This interactive story reveals how the fossil fuel economy destroy people and places, and connects the dots between ourselves and others as we all tap into the network of oil pipelines.
STATUS: Independent Project in Development
NOTES: SPOILED has been presented at Power to the Pixel, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and the Missoula Art Museum.
SYNOPSIS: Corporations are the new conquistadors in today's battle for indigenous land. Can a modern day Pocahontas mediate between our drive to exploit resources and our passion to protect them?
The young actress Q’orianka Kilcher, who played Pocahontas, the mediator between two disparate worlds in the Hollywood movie The New World, along with her unconventional activist mother, Saskia Kilcher, are concerned about the loss of Amazonian lands and are taking disruptive measures to save it.
STATUS: In Development
PROJECT: ARTISCAPES is an autobiographical series of interactive motion graphic short stories that takes us on a journey through the illustrated landscapes of artists with development disabilities. These illustrated self-portrait stories offers us a glimpse into the lives of artists with disabilities, as told and illustrated by the artists themselves in a unique and interactive way. The visually interactive stories are downloaded as apps that can be played on mobile devices, as well as featured as interactive art in museums or schools. Each story unfolds illustrated frames that can be touched, tilted, swiped and played, much like a musical instrument or interactive game.
STATUS: In Development
Illustration by AJ Redmond.
PROJECT: If you had a chance to talk to a Ju/'hoansi Bushman in the Kalahari Desert, what would you say? Ask A JU/'HOANSI is an interactive digital web series that travels to another corner of the world for a conversations that sheds preconceptions, bridges divides and tears down the Tower of Babel. Genetics prove the San Bushmen are our original ancestors and history shows their culture as the most sustainable. Why not get some pointers from them to address the challenges of modern survival?
ASK A JU/'HOANSI posits video questions from the West to indigenous communities in southern Africa, who give responses documentary-style, and in turn ask their own questions back to the online global community. ASK A JU/'HOANSI is a fun, spontaneous approach to the universal questions we face in our daily lives – what do you eat, who is your best friend, how do you make a living, who do you pray to, and what makes you happy? Join the conversation! Celebrate our diversity! Embrace our shared humanity!
STATUS: In Development
CLIENT: The Coffee Trust is a non-profit organization working with coffee farmers in Central America to overcome poverty. OKAHANDJA 90 provided communication, marketing and fundraising strategies to enhance community engagement, raising awareness by connecting coffee consumers to coffee producers.
SERVICES: Documentary Shorts, Animation, Website Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Copywriting, Newsletters, Blogging, Fundraising and Social Media Content Creation and Strategy.
"The people behind OKAHANDJA 90 tell stories that make people care. I worked with Kelly Kowalski whose creativity and enthusiasm are explosive. She filmed for me in a remote, indigenous region of Guatemala where people are shy and trust is rare. The people there opened their hearts to Kelly, not because she has some technique as much as she is genuine and sincere in her respect for the people she films. In the non-profit world, process is as important as product, and OKAHANDJA 90 does a good job at both. They got the job done with great respect for the people we serve." - Bill Fishbein, Founder of The Coffee Trust
PROJECT: #TipYourCoffeeFarmer was an awareness and fundraising campaign held in coffee cafes across the US to raise funds for small scale Central America coffee farmers who lost 75% of their income due to a devastating plant fungus that has attacked their coffee crops.
SUCCESSES: Campaign garnered over $100K in "tips" from coffee consumers and participating retailers within a year.
TASK: Designed and strategized the #TipYourCoffeeFarmer awareness and fundraising campaign, producing all digital and print marketing materials - posters, postcards, brochures, buttons, videos and animation.
SERVICES: Design, Copywriting and Distribution of Marketing Materials, Production of Animated Video, Offline and Online Community Outreach and Engagement Strategies, and Email Campaign designed in tandem with development project leaders in Guatemala.
CLIENT: The Coffee Trust
STATUS: Project completed.
PROJECT: This Emmy award winning documentary and interactive website highlights the life and times of John Donald Robb, a musician and ethnomusicologist that documented the largest collection of Hispano music of the Southwest. This half hour documentary was broadcast on PBS stations and the complimentary interactive website features a jukebox with archived Hispano folk music.
WATCH AND PLAY: http://www.newmexicopbs.org/productions/robb/
CREDITS: Kelly Kowalski - Producer, Director and Writer
STATUS: Project completed.
PROJECT: ARTISODES is an Emmy award winning documentary TV and web shorts series that playfully profiles contemporary artists and their work created and produced by Kelly Kowalski.
STATUS: Production of 20 episodes from 2008-10.
PROJECT: What if there was a way to reduce autistic behavior simply through diet? Dr. Katie Reid, a mother and scientist, stopped her daughter's autistic symptoms by eliminating free glutamate from her diet. Food processing in the Western diet means we consume excess amounts of glutamate, having a direct toxic impact on our brains. Unblind My Mind is a non-profit bringing awareness about the role of food to families living with autism.
SUCCESSES: Within less than a year built up Facebook followers to over 25,000.
TASK: Research food and autism stories in the media to create and spread content. Enhance community outreach to maximize impact of messaging through social media engagement strategies.
SERVICES: Email Campaigns and Social Media Content Creation and Engagement.
STATUS: Contract completed.