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Interactive documentary ‘La Marea’ transports viewers to Mexican beachside dream

Sep 18 2020

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By Jose Alejandro Bastidas
 
A good documentary film provides an honest and complete look into the life and circumstances surrounding its subject. A great documentary makes audiences feel like they are right in the middle of the action. With the Friday, Sept. 18, release of “La Marea,” filmmaker Miguel Novelo takes the genre even further.
 
The film about life in the tropical landscape of Seybaplaya in Campeche, Mexico, seen through the eyes of a teenager named Jorge, was adapted into a free interactive experience presented by Cineola — a new San Francisco-based platform highlighting Latino filmmakers and diverse representations of Latin American culture.
 
Titled “La Marea: La Corriente,” the free digital experience includes an immersive 360-degree screening of the film, viewable on mobile, desktop or virtual reality headset, that will transport you from your living room to a sandy beach to watch the film with Jorge and Novelo, simulating a surreal theater-like watch party.
 
The interface also offers clickable bonus features offering deeper dives into the film’s themes, as well as additional footage that builds on the story.
 
“La Marea”: Interactive documentary. Free. Streaming at https://www.cineo.la/la-marea/.
 

Image: A still from "La Marea: La Corriente," a new interactive documentary film experience by Miguel Novelo, presented by Cineola starting Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.