Dawn at My Back

Excerpts from an interactive DVD-ROM by Carroll Parrott Blue, Kristy H.A. Kang and The Labyrinth Project

• Winner of the 2004 Jury Award for New Forms at the Sundance Online Film Festival
• Featured in Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,  L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black CinemaThe Hammer Museum, October 21, 2011

Concept Design: Carroll Parrott Blue, Kristy H.A. Kang & Marsha Kinder
Project Director: Kristy H.A. Kang
Executive Producer: Marsha Kinder
Writer & Associate Producer: Carroll Parrott Blue
Interface Design: Kristy H.A. Kang & Laurence Tietz
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Based on a memoir written by Carroll Parrott Blue, The Labyrinth Project has produced a DVD-ROM that expands on the book by encouraging users to explore unique visual fields of interwoven narratives and create their own pathway in response to their journey. Using an interface inspired by her great grandmother’s quilt, users can interweave stories that are embedded within several animated “panscapes” created from original photographs, video and archival materials. While exploring accounts of Blue’s family, they encounter oral histories by members of Houston’s black community and become immersed within a rich cultural landscape. With veteran actors Debbie Allen, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis performing the voice-over narrations that accompany this exploration, Blue and the Labyrinth team have created a provocative and engaging audio-visual experience.