Immigrant Nation, a Tribeca New Media Fund grantee, is an immersive cinema platform. Its goal is to facilitate rich, personal storytelling among the diverse audience involved with American immigration - past, present, and future. Mike lead the team that created the online platform that served as the hub of activity, supported and complemented by a variety of outreach activities, including social media and live events.
At the heart of this project is a simple premise: most people in the U.S. have an immigrant journey to share — be it their own or the voyage of a relative in the past. As the hot-button topic of immigration divides communities across the country, this shared history has the potential to create commonality between new and potential arrivals as well as those whose families have lived in the U.S. for generations.
With a mix of interactive film, user generated content and data visualization the Immigrant Nation platform creates an interactive experience that helps users connect to their own story, and enables them to see the common threads between the stories of potential immigrants, new immigrants and longtime residents — making immigration personal, while putting immigration trends in historical context.