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The Project

Constructed Memories is an emerging media project. One of its components is Letter From Cloudcroft – an interactive documentary following the behind-the-scenes stories of daughter Melinda Hess uncovering her Jewish father’s 1946 uncovered work with German rocket scientists.

Story Engagement

As the story unfolds across platforms, audiences discover personal and place-based narrative elements. Enhanced audience experiences are delivered through the Constructed Memories Project. Private Sandy and his daughter Melinda’s multilayered stories are visually presented based on events before the American manned mission to the moon in 1969 and after. Audiences are encouraged to follow daughter Melinda Hess’s journey as she traverses the terrain of family and personal secret information. Along the way the new media designers create transparency tools and apps mapping them online for free public use for audiences to discover their own stories.

 About The Artists

Artist/Filmmaker Daughter Melinda Hess’s works include art films, video installations and interactive media. While cutting award winning documentaries for PBS and independent producers Melinda passion for telling people’s stories grew. From her early thesis documentary-based diaries of pioneer women, Melinda’s art practice strives to illuminate important moments through first person accounts. Her current project, incorporates an interactive documentary with transmedia elements following her journey to uncover the story of her Jewish father’s participation in the covert missile project between U.S. and German Nazis rocket scientists that launched the American Space Program.

Artist/Emerging Media Designer Patricia G. Antelles’s practice as a writer and designer informs her story-based emerging cross-media. Patricia collaborates with her partner in art and life Melinda Hess and with interdisciplinary teams. Overarching story design serves as the foundation of her art and development of interactive new media projects.

About The Advisors