Rooted in post-Katrina New Orleans, Land of Opportunity is an ongoing exploration of the often contentious process of community redevelopment in the face of crisis/disaster. The LandofOpportunity interactive web platform merges compelling multimedia storytelling with curated data, research, and calls to action in one experimental collaborative space. Currently in Beta, the innovative site features an interactive video player and upcoming timeline that allow users to explore and compare layered narratives about the people and processes that are shaping our increasingly vulnerable landscapes.
Partners can create and curate their own multi-layer stories and strategically deploy them to increase engagement and effect change locally and nationally. Groups and individuals can collaborate with partners working in different communities, thus creating a foundation for communication and knowledge-sharing across places, issues, and sectors.
Brazilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas has worked on a wide array of documentary and narrative projects in the U.S. and Brazil. In addition to producing and directing the Land of Opportunity transmedia project, Luisa also co-produced the acclaimed documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and directed and produced the web-series Voices From the Gulf for ColorofChange. In addition to her documentary work, Luisa is a screenwriter and director of fiction films and has also written for the animated series Go, Diego, Go! for Nickelodeon Television. She teaches screenwriting and documentary film at Tulane University.
Ada McMahon lives in New Orleans, Louisiana and was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a Media Fellow at Bridge The Gulf, a community journalism project for Gulf Coast communities working towards justice and sustainability. Previously, she worked as a blogger and online organizer at Green For All.