Kel O’Neill and Eline Jongsma are Jongsma + O'Neill, a Dutch-American creative team working at the intersection of documentary film, art and technology. They created PBS/POV Digital's Emmy-nominated, Webby-honored interactive documentary Empire (New York Film Festival 2013, IDFA DocLab 2014), and were the winners of the inaugural Tim Hetherington Visionary Award for their virtual reality documentary The Ark (Tribeca Film Festival 2016). They speak frequently about the future of media at events like SXSW, MIT Hacking Arts Festival and Magnum’s Photography Expanded Symposium, and work as journalists and commentators for European and American outlets including Vice, VPRO, The Correspondent, The Creators Project and PBS.org.
Independently, Kel was awarded the 2017 Eisenhower Fellowship, and served as Senior Fellow at The Economist Media Lab. He helped to initiate and launch The Economist's VR app, and was the writer and Creative Lead on the magazine's virtual reality documentary Oceans VR Net Positive (New York Film Festival 2016). He gravitates to new storytelling technologies, and served as a facilitator at the Future of Storytelling Conference, and as a participant in the Fox Innovation Lab's Microsoft HoloLens Hackathon. He is an immersive media consultant and mentor at Film Independent, and was the founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the immersive storytelling community, StoryCode.