© Adam Ferguson

© Adam Ferguson


SCREEN LAb express-australia

Produced by Screen in partnership with RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication and School of Art, Melbourne, Australia.

DATES        March 17-18, 2018

VENUE        RMIT University, Melbourne

We are excited to bring our first Screen Lab to the southern hemisphere in 2018, starting with Screen Lab Express at RMIT University in Melbourne this March. Screen Lab Express will be a prelude to our longer three-month Screen Lab program to be held at RMIT in the second half of 2018.



Over the course of the intensive weekend session, the participants will hear from Screen producers, editors and project creators and discuss the challenges and solutions of producing and sustaining in-depth visual narratives across multiple platforms and markets.   

Participants will get an overview of new methods and business models for building their personal brand as a contemporary visual storyteller through signature personal narratives.

Drawing from their extensive careers in journalism and visual storytelling Lab experts will present case studies of projects they had worked on. Guest speakers will discuss distribution opportunities and strategies outside of the editorial market. Participants will have their projects reviewed and critiqued.



The Lab program will be hosted and facilitated by Screen’s Co-Founder Liza Faktor (USA), Transmedia Producer and Curator.  She will be joined by guest experts:

    •    Adam Ferguson (AUS), an award-winning Photographer currently working on a project about contemporary regional Australian identity.
    •    Zackary Canepari (USA), Photographer and Filmmaker and creator of the award-winning cross platform series Flint is a placeproduced by Screen (via Skype).

Guest speakers:

  • Kate Petrasch (AU), Coach and consultant for transformational change and leadership development (via Skype)
  • Katy Roberts (AUS), Head of Video, VICE 



Screen Lab Express is open to practicing photographers and visual journalists, and advanced graduate and post-graduate students. Participants should have existing work-in-progress to present as a coherent story, in still images, video or mixed media.


COSTS            $650 AUD


Register via our online form. Payment required upon registration.

The number of participants is limited to 20 and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Further questions can be addressed to Alana Holmberg and Liza Faktor.

© Adam Ferguson

© Adam Ferguson



Liza Faktor (USA) is a transmedia producer and curator, and a co-founder of Screen, a visual storytelling production company. She was the founding director of the Objective Reality Foundation, and the co-founder of Liza has produced video and multi-platform visual documentary projects and curated over twenty exhibitions. 

She is a recipient of the Howard Chapnick award for advancement of photojournalism (2002 and 2016) and has served on juries worldwide including the 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest and the 2017 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest.

Liza works with visual storytellers to develop, produce and deliver complex narratives. She is especially interested in supporting narratives and visual language which are different from what already exists in the well-defined art, film and broadcasting contexts.



    •    The New Visual Documentary, for DocuBase, a mapping project of experimental visual storytelling content by MIT

    •    Transjournalism, for Vantage

    •    What I Know About Cross-platform Storytelling, interview with Magnum Photos


Adam Ferguson (AUS) is an award-winning Australian photographer. He was born and grew up in regional New South Wales before studying photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. After graduating he travelled from port to port through the Caribbean and Mediterranean as crew on a sailboat to fund the start of his photographic career.  

Ferguson first gained recognition for his work in 2009 when he embarked on a sustained survey of the US-led war in Afghanistan. This work received awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and Photo District News.

Since that time he has worked in Iraq, India, Jordan, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Greece, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Pakistan, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, United Kingdom and his homeland Australia, among others.

He lives in Brooklyn and is working on two monographs: a war diary of his time in Afghanistan and a critique of contemporary regional Australian identity.




    •    Through The Outback, interactive feature, the New York Times

    •    Behind The Scenes interview, the New York Times


Zackary Canepari (USA) is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. After studying photography in Paris and San Francisco, Zack began his career in India in 2007, working as a photojournalist for editorial clients and non-profits. In 2009, he became a member of Panos Pictures in London.

In 2010, Zack teamed with filmmaker Drea Cooper for California is a place, a short documentary series about California. Their first feature documentary T-Rex, about female boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was featured on PBS before the 2016 Olympics.

For the past five years he’s been working on a project about Flint, MI, documenting a specific moment within this American city in an intimate, character driven way. The interactive website went live in June 2017 with new episodes coming up and a photo book, REX, was published by Contrasto in 2017. The book and the short films won the World Press Photo Digital Contest award and several Pictures Of the Year International awards in 2017. In 2017 he joined VII photo agency.







Alongside Screen Lab Express, Screen Co-founder Liza Faktor will present a free public lecture on transmedia practices in storytellng, followed by a panel discussion.


Kate Petrasch (AU) studied psychology and business in Europe and Asia. After leading a start-up and a turnaround in China, she joined an international management consulting company, McKinsey & Co, where she helped global organizations addressing their most pressing challenges.

Since 2014 she works as freelance consultant and coach for cooperations facing big transformations and senior executives seeking to improve their leadership effectiveness. Kate teaches leadership and management at a university in Austria and coaches social start-ups to receive funding from public and private sources. Her passion for acting and filmmaking often infuses the business and psychological journey of her clients (e.g., systemic constellation work, performing arts projects).


Katy Roberts (AUS) is Head of Video at VICE AU/NZ —a global youth media company operating out of 30 countries globally, and industry leader in producing and distributing the best online video content in the world.

Katy oversees production of VICE Australia and New Zealand documentaries, which are distributed across the company's owned and operated channels. Her four year tenure with the company has lead her to produce work on a bizarre array of immersive stories across the globe (from professional eating in Nevada, to the billion dollar cockfighting industry in the Philippines). In 2017, she supervise produced and launched two new tentpole digital series for both Australia and New Zealand - ‘Australiana’ and ‘Zealandia’ - which are continuing into 2018.