THE NET NEVER SLEEPS.
It is always daytime somewhere—and night-time somewhere else. The Internet is insomnia. A Journal of Insomnia invites insomniacs to collaborate in a web-based reflection on what keeps them up at night. This interactive documentary offers an utterly original encounter with a disorder that affects one in three people in the developed world. In September 2012, insomniacs around the world began sharing their stories on nfb.ca/insomnia. Thousands have contributed webcam testimonies, written accounts and original artwork—material that forms the heart of A Journal of Insomnia. Four insomniacs in particular invite us to an unusual nocturnal rendezvous, summoning us to an appointment with sleeplessness that provides arresting new perspectives on contemporary existence and the anxiety that so often underscores our days—and our nights.
The interactive experience includes: a mock confessional, an interactive feature, an experience walkthrough and music
About the NFB
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys and 12 Oscars. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.
Hugues Sweeney is not insomniac, but he can spend several hours, day or night, brainstorming to find the best way to tell a story using new technology. He started with CBC’s new media, he joined the National Film Board of Canada in 2009 as interactive producer. While experimenting in interactive grammar,sound creation or generative art, the resulting projects from the interactive studio, where he is now executive producer, received several Canadian and international awards.
Bruno Choinière is in charge of the artistic management of A Journal of Insomnia. He previously worked on the interactivity of Trou Story and Les Enfants de la Bolduc.
For over 12 years, Philippe Lambert has explored the limits of the human voice. He is fascinated by the voice as the instrument of pure sound, and regularly performs on Montreal’s experimental stage under the pseudonym Monstre. Along with Goa, his psychedelic rock group, he has recorded three albums and participated in several festivals in Canada and the United States. He composed the music and voice for NFB’s BLA BLA, a film for computer by Vincent Morisset. He also developed the soundtrack for A Journal of Insomnia.