Love and Diane

Karyn Lu, Tom Banaszewski, Zuley Clarke, Drew Cogswell, Engin Erdogan, Sharon Haber, Jennifer Haskins, Zhiyu Wang

The Interactive Timeline presents a visual representation of key events in the lives of Love and Diane. Video clips are embedded into the timeline, which users can sort thematically.

Love & Diane: An Interactive Timeline is an interactive TV application, demonstrating how the art of film documentary can be enhanced and deepened through the affordances of digital media. It marks the second year of Georgia Tech’s collaboration with PBS’s POV series, winner of multiple Emmy and Peabody Awards.

Love and Diane is the lead offering of POV’s 2004 season. It depicts the highly charged relationship between a mother, Diane, and her daughter, Love, who seem trapped in a devastating cycle within the social welfare system.

The Interactive Timeline presents a visual representation of key events in the lives of Love and Diane. Users can navigate the story both chronologically and thematically. The timeline highlights key moments in the family’s life, allowing viewers an overview of the intertwined stories of mother and daughter, and providing order and orientation for a complex chronology, and making clear the events that happened before we meet the family members. The viewer can also sort the film clips thematically, exploring the dramatic parallels in struggle and resilience, defeat and achievement, across four generations.

The Interactive Timeline will be utilized by PBS as an educational tool for high school classrooms, as well as to stimulate discussion within community-based groups. This application will be featured on the PBS Web site beginning April, 2004.

Visit the Love & Diane Interactive Timeline.