Kel served as the Senior Fellow at The Economist Media Lab, where he spearheaded the magazine's expansion into virtual reality, and helped launch the Economist VR App.
The Economist's virtual reality film Oceans VR: Net Positive invites viewers to examine the issue of overfishing through a multitude of different perspectives. Viewers begin the experience by seeing through the eyes of a diner at a seafood restaurant, then cycle through a sequence of different identities, becoming a fish, a fisherman, and a politician before returning to the restaurant where they began.
Kel created the concept for this piece and served as its Creative Lead. Oceans VR: Net Positive played the 2016 Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and the 2016 New York Film Festival.
In 2015, the militant group known as Islamic State destroyed a priceless collection of antiquities held in Iraq's Mosul Museum. RecoVR: Mosul uses photogrammetry and 3D rendering to recreate the Mosul Museum's collection in virtual space.
RecoVR: Mosul was The Economist's first virtual reality experience, and the first project that Kel worked on as an Adviser. The project premiered at IDFA DocLab 2015, and won numerous awards, including a Silver Lovie and a Drum DADI Award for Best Use of VR.
Kel currently serves as an immersive filmmaking mentor and consultant at Film Independent, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that champions independent filmmakers.
Kel has undertaken a series of projects with Film Independent since 2015, when he designed and taught a 4-session class on immersive and interactive filmmaking that represented FI's first foray into new storytelling forms.
In 2016, Kel was hired to program a daylong sidebar at the Film Independent Forum entitled "Agents of Change" that focused on artists working in new creative forms. He was also brought on as the lead immersive media mentor at two of FI's lab programs: Project Involve, which focuses on empowering creators from underrepresented communities, and Global Media Makers, a State Department-funded program that brings mid-career filmmakers from the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa to Los Angeles for a 6-week intensive production workshop.
Most recently, FI commissioned Kel to write a white paper outlining potential strategies for building out the organization's AR and VR capacities.
Kel currently serves as Chief Strategist for IKONA VR, a health start up that creates unique virtual & augmented reality experiences that improve both patient satisfaction and the quality of care in hospitals.
The Milky Way is a branded documentary about a forward-thinking animal charity in Mumbai. Commissioned by Virtual Identity and Siemens as part of their /answers campaign (Winner, 2011 Digital Communication Award).
Kel and Eline shot The Milky Way during a hiatus from their project Empirein 2011. An experiment in run-and-gun documentary filmmaking, the project was designed to illuminate the uncommon ways that Siemens' technologies—in this case, dairy equipment—impact every day life around the world.