Tribeca Film Festival unveils immersive programme of VR, AR, mixed reality – Screen International

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Tribeca Film Festival brass on Wednesday (6) unveiled the 2019 immersive programme of more than 30 VR, AR, and mixed reality films and experiences.

New work includes Baobab Studios’ Bonfire created by the Madagascar series and Antz director Eric Darnell and featuring Ali Wong; Wolves In The Walls: It’s All Over includes Jeffrey Wright and Noah Schnapp from Stranger Things; and Immersive experiences including Into The Light featuring musician Yo-Yo Ma, and Ayahuasca (pictured) created by Jan Kounen.

Tribeca Immersive includes two events, the Virtual Arcade featuring Storyscapes, and Tribeca Cinema360, running from April 24-May 4. On Tuesday Tribeca Film Festival announced its feature slate. The entire festival runs from April 24-May 5.

“Tribeca Immersive remains committed to the power of new technology as a dynamic vehicle for storytelling,” said Loren Hammonds, senior programmer, film & immersive for Tribeca Film Festival. “This year’s programming spans a myriad of genres, including many world premiere VR, MR and AR experiences.”

The immersive works address topics like gun control (12 Seconds Of Gunfire: The True Story Of A School Shooting), the environment (A Drop in the Ocean), and persecution of the LGBTQIA community (Another Dream).

At this year’s Virtual Arcade, the Storyscapes juried selections present new trends and innovative work across mediums that invite audience participation. The Storyscapes Award presented by AT&T recognises artists who bridge the gap between technology and storytelling. This year, female creators made four of the five experiences in contention.

“It has been a wild ride seeing how artists and filmmakers have responded to new technologies over the years, constantly pushing and prodding and exploring the edges of things in order to make beautiful and vital work,” said Ingrid Kopp, co-curator of Tribeca Immersive.

VIRTUAL ARCADE

Sponsored by AT&T

2nd Civil War (USA), project creator Kevin Cornish

7 Lives (Luxembourg-France-Belgium), project creators Charles Ayats, Sabrina Calvo, Jan Kounen

Ayahuasca (France-Luxembourg), project creator Jan Kounen

Bonfire (USA), project creator Eric Darnell,

Cave (USA), project creator: Ken Perlin, Kris Layng, Sebastian Herscher

Children Do Not Play War (Uganda-Brazil-USA), project creator: Fabiano Mixo

Common Ground (UK), project creator Darren Emerson

Doctor Who: The Runaway (UK), project creator BBC / Passion Animation Studios

A Drop In The Ocean (UK-France-USA), project creator Adam May, Chris Campkin, Chris Parks

Ello (China), project creator Haodan Su

Gymnasia (Canada), project creator Clyde Henry Productions

Into The Light (USA), project creator Jessica Brillhart, Igal Nassima

Stealing Ur Feelings (USA), project creator Noah Levenson

Unceded Territories (Canada-USA), project creator Paisley Smith and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

War Remains (USA), project creator Dan Carlin, MWM Immersive

Where There’s Smoke (USA), project creator Lance Weiler

Wolves In The Walls: It’s All Over (USA), project creator Pete Billington, Jessica Yaffa Shamash.

STORYSCAPES

Sponsored by AT&T

Another Dream (Netherlands-USA-Egypt), project creators Tamara Shogaolu, Ado Ato Pictures

The Collider (UK), project creator Anagram

Future Dreaming (Australia), project creator Sutu

The Key (USA-Iraq), project creator Celine Tricart

Traitor (UK), project creator Pilot Theatre, Lucy Hammond.

TRIBECA CINEMA360

Change Is Gonna Come

12 Seconds of Gunfire: The True Story Of A School Shooting (USA), project creator: Suzette Moyer, Seth Blanchard

Ashe ’68 (USA), project creator Brad Lichtenstein

Accused No. 2: Walter Sisalu (France), project creators Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte.

Go Team!

11.11.18 (Belgium-France), project creators Sébastien Tixador et Django Schreven

Space Buddies (USA), project creators Matt Jenkins, Ethan Shaftel

Mr. Buddha (Taiwan R.O.C.), project creator HTC Corporation, Lee Chung.

Her Truth, Her Power

Mercy (USA-Cameroon), project creator Armando Kirwin

Girl Icon (USA-India), project creator Sadah Espii Proctor

Children Do Not Play War (Uganda-Brazil-USA), project creator Fabiano Mixo

Such Sweet Sorrow

Armonia (USA), project creator Bracey Smith

Dreams Of The Jaguar’s Daughter (USA-Mexico), project creator Alfredo Salazar-Caro

Water Melts (USA), project creators Lilian Mehrel, Mary Evangelista.