Virtual Reality At The Annex
The second floor of the McNichols Building will be the place to immerse yourself in our rapidly changing media landscape. Open to the public for free 3:00pm-8:00pm weekdays and 12:00pm-8:00pm weekends, November 2nd-11th. The Virtual Reality Place (VRP) will present innovative virtual-reality installations throughout the festival!
Life Of Us
An immersive VR film that takes you on a terrifying journey, from the safety of your childhood bed to a clown-filled nightmare dreamscape. Directed by Guy Shelmerdine and written by Shelmerdine and Teal Greyhavens, Night Night was co-produced by Dark Corner, MPC, and Unit Sofa, with music and sound design by Q Department.
As self-driving taxis are becoming the norm, ‘safety drivers’ are employed to simply sit in the front seat. But Musay, an Ethiopian immigrant driver with 40 years of experience, insists on driving. When he picks up a couple used to the service, frustration turns a routine ride into a microcosm of power dynamics and control in this new, imperfect economy.
Step to the Line
Step to the Line takes you inside a maximum-security prison and provides a new perspective on the prison system. Directed by Ricardo Laganaro and produced by Oculus, premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. From mainstream (Time Magazine) and in-depth press coverage (FastCompany) to acclaim from Mark Zuckerberg the film has demonstrated VR’s ability to tell powerful stories in a meaningful way, and it is also available on the Within platform.
From Emmy Award-winning Oculus Story Studio comes Dear Angelica, a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Entirely painted by hand inside of VR, Dear Angelica plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you. An immersive, illustrative short story starring Geena Davis and Mae Whitman.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience. It’s available for use on all desktop and mobile devices and virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) headsets. That includes mobile-based virtual reality devices on Apple and Android. The experience was adapted from JPL’s OnSight software, which assists scientists in planning rover drives and even holding meetings on Mars. Imagery from NASA’s Curiosity rover provided the terrain, allowing users to wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by the spacecraft.
Produced by: Romain Vakilitabar and Scott Lynch
“Strangers”, a 9-minute 360º piece, places the audience in the shoes of 3 American mothers who feel invisible to the country – a refugee, a rural farmer, and a racial justice activist. Their idiosyncratic lives converge with the shared feeling of living in the country’s shadows.
High in the Peruvian Andes, in a place the Aymara people called “house of the sun”, a sacred river flows from a lake at 16,000ft into the headwaters of the Amazon. Join a VR expedition searching for archaeological evidence above and below the water. The structures and artifacts found there may reveal a sacred, cultural landscape hidden in this high-altitude watershed, and perhaps provide the means to protect the entire, threatened ecosystem. Immersive yourself into this amazing adventure and then take an opportunity to respond to a call to action to help preserve this magical place.
Wild Animal Vision
Africa will account for the world’s highest population spurt with an additional 1.3 billion people on the continent by 2050. This will create tremendous challenges for the preservation of African wild animals, of which up to half may be extinct by 2050 if we don’t take action. Our goal is to motivate people to support preservation through VR experiences with wild animals. Immerse yourself in this amazing interactive VR film, and then take an opportunity to respond to a call to action to help preserve these wild animals.
Behind the scenes look into season 02 of Hollywood Weapons as Bond, Terry Schappert, tests the accuracy of firing machine guns strapped to the hood of a moving automobile.
Some of the most thrilling sequences from movies and TV are put to the test in Hollywood Weapons, an all-new original series on the Outdoor Channel.