This PhD research explores the application of non-linear narratives afforded by new forms of interactive storytelling, such as responsive media, to the production of participatory films created by non-professionals with lived experiences of mental health problems. The aim of the research is to bridge the gap between the emerging practice of interactive filmmaking and community storytelling in mental health, with a view at how complex and non-linear narrative forms could suit polyvocal and diverse film productions.
Simona Manni is a participatory filmmaker and has worked as a practitioner with a wider range of groups, including asylum seekers, people in recovery from mental health problems, homeless young people, and care home residents living with dementia. In 2018, Simona started a PhD at the Digital Creativity Labs, University of York, looking at developing interactive films in communities to discuss and explore issues related to mental health.
Manni, Simona, Marian Ursu, and Jonathan Hook. "Stepping Through Remixed: Exploring the Limits of Linear Video in a Participatory Mental Health Film." Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video. 2019.