María Cecilia Reyes
I was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. I am a PhD in Digital Humanities at the University of Genoa (Italy) and Communication Sciences at Universidad del Norte (Colombia), with a Cum Laude thesis titled “Interactive Fiction in Cinematic Virtual Reality: Epistemology, Creation and Evaluation”. I studied Communication Sciences and Journalism at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia (2012). Through exchange programs I studied at University of West Indies (2007, Jamaica) and Universidad de Quilmes (2009, Argentina).
I define myself as a creator of multimedia content. I directed the documentaries Autunno Viola (2011) and Amazonia 2.0 (2012), and I have participated as researcher, screenwriter, editor and assistant on the making of several audiovisual projects. I have worked as radio producer and host at the Latin American Association of Radio Education (ALER), a satellite radio that connects Latin America and the Caribbean. Through my whole career I have participated on the creation of different cultural initiatives in Latin America and Italy, as film festivals, workshops, screenings, among others.
I'm also a teacher: In 2018 and 19, I taught Interactive Digital Storytelling at the Master on Creative Writing and Creation of Digital Content at University of Genoa. Audiovisual Storytelling and New Media at the Public Arts School of Barranquilla, Colombia (EDA), being the first academic course on Storytelling and New Media in the city and one of the first ones in the country. During 2017 I was Visiting Professor at the CrossmediaLab of the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano of Bogotá.
I'm the screenwriter and editor of the documentary NIJOLE, a portrait of Nijole Sivickas (Lithuania, 1929) artist and mother of the former candidate for President of Colombia, Antanas Mockus. The film was financed by the Lithuanian Film Centre and Piemonte Film Commission.
Nowadays I work as research fellow at the Institute of Educational Technologies (ITD) of the National Research Council (CNR) on the program TRIS.2. My contribute focuses on the design of massive online open courses based on Interactive Digital Storytelling, virtual reality and the use of hypervideo. I'm also videomaker and content developer at e-Learning Unige.