Ingrid Kopp has been exploring the highest peaks and lowest valleys of independent film for the past 15 years and for the past 6 years has been island hopping to discover intersections between storytelling, social media and technology. As the Director of Interactive at the Tribeca Film Institute, Ingrid supports interactive and cross-platform projects through the TFI New Media Fund and TAA Interactive Prototype Fund. She is the creator of Tribeca Hacks, TFI Interactive and the curator of Storyscapes at the Tribeca Film Festival. All of these spaces invite story, tech and design into the same room to foster conversations and collaborations. In this episode of She Does, Ingrid talks about growing up in South Africa during apartheid, the balance between offline and online communities, lack of diversity in technology and curation, and her dreams to write a book and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro--at the same time.
Name: Ingrid Kopp
Current City: Brooklyn, NY
What's on your current playlist?
Podcasts: StartUp, Invisibilia, Desert Island Discs, Start The Week. I love BBC Radio 4 podcasts, a sign of my age perhaps.
Music: Billy Bragg, Miriam Makeba and Just A Band.
What piece(s) of media changed you?
Films: Divorce Iranian Style by Kim Longinotto; The Leader, The Driver and The Driver's Wife by Nick Broomfield; Moonstruck by Norman Jewison.
Books: All the RE:Search books but especially Angry Women and Angry Women in Rock. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Also, all Shakespeare plays.
Shows: Every show I went to at Gilman in Berkeley 1995/96. Sonic Boom: The Art of Sound, a show at the Hayward Gallery in London in 2000 got me excited about installations.
Who are your career role models? Debra Zimmerman, from Women Make Movies; Jess Search, from BRITDOC; and Peter Dale from Rare Day. Peter was my first boss in media and an incredible mentor, supporter and all round good person.
What tool(s) can't you live without? My iPhone, a huge bag with a book or two in it, Moleskine notebooks and a good pen.
How do you drink your coffee/tea? Strong coffee. I have been known to order quad lattes which I think are actually a heart risk!
Spirit animal? Goat. I love goats, and by the way, I loved goats before the Internet loved goats.
CLIPS FEATURED IN SHOW:
South African Prime Minister P.W. Botha
Zindzi Mandela reads her father’s rejection to PW Both in 1985
Remembering South African leader Nelson Mandela
ABC News Edward Snowden Flees Hong Kong
The Guardian NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden
Tribeca Film Festival StoryScapes 2014
TFI Interactive 2013 Recap
- TFI Interactive: Spotlight On ‘Hollow’