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Project 2x1 is a 2013 American documentary film about the Hasidic and West Indian residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It is shot in part using Google Glass.[1] Project 2x1 is directed by Hannah Roodman,[2] and produced by Lisa Campbell and Jaqueline Ratner Stauber.[3] The film is produced by a diverse group of Crown Heights residents; the Project 2×1 film project was initially founded by Mendy Seldowitz, Hannah Roodman, Celso White and Ben Millstein.[4][5]

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1 Film 2 Use of Google Glass 3 Screening 4 External links 5 References

Film[edit] Project 2x1 is styled as a documentary film covering the daily lives of the Chabad Hasidic and West Indian residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Both cultural as well as religious events are captured in the film. Footage is shot, in part, using Google Glass. The film project is named "2x1" after the two mile by one mile radius of the Crown Heights neighbourhood.[3][4][6][7] The film focuses primarily on the iconic Hasidic and Caribbean residents, to the exclusion of other demographic groups living in the area.[8] Aside from the film "documenting [a] day within the neighborhood", the film examines "the way interpersonal relationships form between members of divergent communities all living within blocks of each other."[9] The makers of the film have stated that their aim and stated goal is to promote tolerance and understanding between the Caribbean and Hasidic residents, by releasing a documentary of the day-to-day lives of Crown Heights locals from their respective communities.[10][11][12] Use of Google Glass[edit] The film is shot in part using Google Glass, a pair of glasses frames with video capturing film in a kind of "first-person point of view".[4] The film is cut from scenes shot by residents themselves. The scenes are collected by filmmakers who "[walk] around the neighborhood of Crown Heights, giving Google Glass to people to record what they see." The Google Glass concept for use in the film was conceived by project co-founder Mendy Seldowitz who was chosen as a "Google Glass Explorer".[7][11][13][14] Google Glass is not available to the general public, instead, there are 10,000 "Google Glass Explorers" who received the device for initial use.[15] Prior to the film project, Seldowitz had experimented filming local scenes in Crown Heights using his pair of Google Glass.[16] Seldowitz cited the advantage of using Glass as it "removes the influence of the filmmaker".[17] The Crown Heights documentary claims to be the first ever to be shot with Google Glass.[6][18] However, the documentary is not filmed exclusively on Google Glass; some scenes were filmed with DSLR videography in an interview format.[19][20] The battery life on Google Glass was a "major issue" for the filmmakers, forcing them to shoot for short periods before recharging Glass.[14] Screening[edit] The film was initially screened in Crown Heights, on December 8, 2013.[9][21][22] The Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival partnered in a later screening the film, on December 13, 2013.[18][23] External links[edit]

Project 2x1 official website Project 2x1 promo clip on YouTube Project 2x1 page on Kickstarter.com

References[edit]

^ Lebar, Jessica. What it's like to watch a documentary made with Google glass. FastCoexist.com. ^ Coming Up. Huffington Post ^ a b About. Project2x1.com. ^ a b c Brooklyn filmmakers use Google Glass technology to document long-standing tensions in Crown Heights. NYDailyNews.com. ^ Video: 2 Communities, 1 Neighborhood. CrownHeights.info. Oct 4, 2013. ^ a b Sharp, Sonja. Crown Heights Documentary Claims to be First Ever Shot With Google Glass. DNAInfo.com. Oct 7, 2013. Archived 2014-11-04 at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b Sarabia, Alexandra. Through a Different Lens. TheGenteel.com. Oct 25, 2013. ^ Tarleton, Jonathan. Project 2X1: Intersections of Culture and Belief in Crown Heights. urbanomnibus.net. Dec 11, 2013. ^ a b Hampton, Matthew. Crown Heights 'Google Glass' Doc Premieres Next Month. prospectheights.patch.com. November 26, 2013. ^ Brooklyn, NY - Crown Heights Filmmakers Use Google Glass To Help Promote Tolerance Between Caribbean And Hasidic Neighbors. VosIzNeias.com. Oct 6, 2013. ^ a b Could Google glass help mend community. LoweCounsel.com. Oct 8, 2013. Archived 2013-12-19 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Piras, Lara. GOOGLE GLASS FILMED DOCUMENTARY GOES WHERE NORMAL CAMERA CREWS CAN’T. psfk.com. Oct, 2013. ^ Evans, Lauren. Intrepid 20-Somethings Examine Crown Heights Through Google Glass. Gothamist.com. Oct 7, 2013. Archived 2014-12-25 at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b Reid, Alastair. How Google Glass captured two very different communities. journalism.co.uk. Accessed January 10, 2014. ^ Michael Liedtke (27 August 2013). "Exploring Google Glass Through Eyes of Early Users". ABC News. Retrieved 8 September 2013.  ^ Video: A Tour of Crown Heights on Google Glass. CrownHeighs.info. Aug 14, 2013. ^ Johnson, Paddy. Tuesday

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