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Sundance Film Festival Embraces Virtual Reality With 2017 New Frontier Program

1 December 2016 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Yesterday, the Sundance Film Festival announced its feature competition categories. Today, the festival unveils its New Frontier section — which showcases the tech-enabled storytelling of tomorrow.

The boundary-pushing New Frontier category, which celebrated a decade of outside-the-box projects from the likes of James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt earlier this year, is often overlooked by attendees focused on independent cinema, and yet frequently contains the festival’s most innovative fare. This year’s slate consists of the North American premiere of “Museum Hours”; director Jem Cohen’s latest format-challenging documentary, “World Without End (No Reported Incidents)”; a pair of live multimedia-enhanced performances (including one from “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” director and Sundance veteran Terence Nance); 20 virtual-reality experiences; and 11 immersive installations — with additional projects still to come.

Three of the projects belong to Sundance’s “The New Climate” program — a thread of programming that calls attention to environmental issues and climate change. »

- Peter Debruge

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Sundance 2017 Announces New Frontier Lineup, Including 22 Vr Experiences and 11 New Installations

1 December 2016 1:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As the Sundance Film Festival’s groundbreaking and technology-facing New Frontier section kicks off its second decade in existence, the 2017 edition of the section boasts its most stacked and varied programing picks yet. The full slate includes “story worlds” in Augmented Reality headsets, projection-mapped acrobatics, a Vr beauty salon producing neuroscience data via the internet of things and a host of socialized, interactive and immersively haptic Vr story experiences.

The rest of the lineup includes live performances, a feature film and augmented reality experiences built to complement 22 Vr experiences and 11 installations, showcased between three venues in Park City. The Claim Jumper will host 10 immersive installations focused on cross-disciplinary story construction, while the Vr Palace will feature 17 Vr experiences alongside an additional installation and the Vr Bar will offer a lineup of mobile Vr. Two New Frontier projects are part of the Festival’s New Climate program, which highlights the environment and climate change. »

- Kate Erbland

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Sundance 2017 announces New Frontier lineup

1 December 2016 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top brass at the Park City jamboree announced on Thursday 20 virtual and augmented reality presentations and 11 installations.

The eleventh New Frontier programme includes storyworlds in Augmented Reality headsets, and a Vr beauty salon producing neuroscience data.

Established Vr artist Chris Milk and Aaron Kobli are behind Life Of Us, while immersive journalist Nonny de la Peña will premiere Out Of Exile: Daniel’s Story.

New Frontier will be staged at three Park City venues: Claim Jumper will host ten immersive installations; the Vr Palace will feature 17 Vr experiences alongside an additional installation; and the Vr Bar will offer a line-up of mobile Vr.

Three projects are part of the festival’s New Climate programme highlighting the environment and climate change.

Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer and chief curator, New Frontier, said: “In an era that has recalibrated economies, redefined social realms and rewired the connection between the individual and the world, we must also »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Chris Milk, Nonny de la Peña in Sundance New Frontier

1 December 2016 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top brass at the Park City jamboree announced on Thursday 20 virtual and augmented reality presentations and 11 installations.

The eleventh New Frontier programme includes storyworlds in Augmented Reality headsets, and a Vr beauty salon producing neuroscience data.

Established Vr artist Chris Milk and Aaron Kobli are behind Life Of Us, while immersive journalist Nonny de la Peña will premiere Out Of Exile: Daniel’s Story.

New Frontier will be staged at three Park City venues: Claim Jumper will host ten immersive installations; the Vr Palace will feature 17 Vr experiences alongside an additional installation; and the Vr Bar will offer a line-up of mobile Vr.

Three projects are part of the festival’s New Climate programme highlighting the environment and climate change.

Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer and chief curator, New Frontier, said: “In an era that has recalibrated economies, redefined social realms and rewired the connection between the individual and the world, we must also »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Chris Milk, Nonny de la Peña among Sundance New Frontier programme

1 December 2016 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top brass at the Park City jamboree announced on Thursday 20 virtual and augmented reality presentations and 11 installations.

The eleventh New Frontier programme includes storyworlds in Augmented Reality headsets, and a Vr beauty salon producing neuroscience data.

Established Vr artist Chris Milk and Aaron Kobli are behind Life Of Us, while immersive journalist Nonny de la Peña will premiere Out Of Exile: Daniel’s Story.

New Frontier will be staged at three Park City venues: Claim Jumper will host ten immersive installations; the Vr Palace will feature 17 Vr experiences alongside an additional installation; and the Vr Bar will offer a line-up of mobile Vr.

Three projects are part of the festival’s New Climate programme highlighting the environment and climate change.

Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer and chief curator, New Frontier, said: “In an era that has recalibrated economies, redefined social realms and rewired the connection between the individual and the world, we must also »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Chris Milk, Nonny de la Peña among Sundance New Frontiers programme

1 December 2016 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top brass at the Park City jamboree announced on Thursday 20 virtual and augmented reality presentations and 11 installations.

The eleventh New Frontiers programme includes storyworlds in Augmented Reality headsets, and a Vr beauty salon producing neuroscience data.

Established Vr artist Chris Milk and Aaron Kobli are behind Life Of Us, while immersive journalist Nonny de la Peña will premiere Out Of Exile: Daniel’s Story.

New Frontiers will be staged at three Park City venues: Claim Jumper will host ten immersive installations; the Vr Palace will feature 17 Vr experiences alongside an additional installation; and the Vr Bar will offer a line-up of mobile Vr.

Three projects are part of the festival’s New Climate programme highlighting the environment and climate change.

Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer and chief curator, New Frontier, said: “In an era that has recalibrated economies, redefined social realms and rewired the connection between the individual and the world, we must also »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The 10 Vr films that soared at festivals in 2016

13 October 2016 3:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From Birdly to Jesus Vr, Screen’s editorial team pick 10 of the best virtual reality experiences from the festival circuit ahead of the Vr Creative Summit in December.

Having been widely dubbed the Year of Virtual Reality by industry figures and press alike, 2016 has been a watershed moment for the emerging medium.

Film festivals across the globe hosted Vr showcases this year, incorporating Vr films into their programme and markets, many doing so in a serious way for the first time.

Starting at January’s Sundance Film Festival, which hosted Vr experiences including The Martian and Notes On Blindness in its New Frontier programme, Vr remained a consistent presence through Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade in April, Cannes’ Marche Next programme in May, and Pop Vr at Tiff in September, alongside more medium-sized festivals such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, Jerusalem and Sarajevo.

Vr at this year’s Cannes Film Festival

Compiling choices from across those festivals and further »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Us Briefs: Britannia Award for Jodie Foster

26 September 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The director and Oscar-winning actress will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at this year’s Amd British Academy Britannia Awards presented by Jaguar Land Rover and American Airlines.

The annual BAFTA Los Angeles celebration will take place on October 28 in Beverly Hills.

Foster directed this year’s release Money Monster and recently directed episodes of House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Her last outing as feature director was 2011’s The Beaver starring Mel Gibson.

A24 has updated release information for 20th Century Women starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Lucas Jade Zumann. The comedic drama will open in limited release on December 25 and expand wide on January 20, 2017. Mike Mills directs in his follow-up to Beginners.Shooting has begun in and around Toronto on psychological thriller The Wanting starring Adam Brody and Amanda Crew. Yam Laranas directs the story in the vein of Rosemary’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled

23 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled

23 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tiff 2016 Announces Discovery Lineup, ‘In Conversation With…’ Guests, Vr Offerings and Much More

23 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Next month’s Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its lineup announcements, and each one is more impressive than the last. Today’s Tiff picks feature a number of slate additions for sections as varied as the forward-focused Discovery, their burgeoning Pop Vr section and even a handful of last minute additions to the Tiff Docs list. New titles of note that have just been announced include the Cannes hit “The Red Turtle,” Wayne Roberts’ “Katie Says Goodbye” and the well-regarded “Sand Storm,” all of which will screen as part of Discovery.

Read More: Tiff Lineup: 5 Reasons to Get Excited About the 2016 Program

Both the Next Wave and Tiff Kids section pull titles from other, previously announced sections to create an appealing lineup for the next generation of cinephiles. Standout titles include “Moonlight,” “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” and “The Eagle Huntress.”

Additionally, the festival has »

- Kate Erbland

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How the Siggraph Conference Expands Tech— and Empathy

21 July 2016 4:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Although this year’s Siggraph theme,”Render the Possibilities,” offers a nice catchphrase for all of the cutting-edge CG eye candy on display next week at the Anaheim Convention Center, there’s also a timely sub-theme revolving around empathy in Vr, which can be witnessed in other presentations as well.

Given the tragic racial violence and anger that has swept the country, Carnegie Mellon University’s Vr experience, “Injustice,” couldn’t be timelier — or more educational. It’s built around racially motivated police brutality. Participants witness an act of racial discrimination, forcing them to make moral and ethical decisions on the spot. They can actively engage with, and alter, the storyline by selecting a variety of dialogue choices.

Similarly, “Invasion!,” explores ideas around character empathy and immersive Vr “presence” with a close alien encounter. Presented in real-time and directed by “Madagascar’s” Eric Darnell, the animated short features narration by Ethan Hawke. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Denis, Brizé, Gatlif, Panh head to first Paris Virtual Film Festival

14 June 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French film industry to explore Vr at first edition of public festival running June 17-18 at Paris’s Forum des Image.

Claire Denis, Stéphane Brizé, Tony Gatlif and Rithy Panh will be among filmmakers exploring virtual reality at the first edition of the Paris Virtual Film Festival.

They are set to participate in a Vr Lab aimed at cinema professionals taking place within the public festival running June 17-18 at the Forum Des Images.

Michel Reilhac, the former Arte Cinema chief-turned-transmedia and Vr pioneer, initiated and is co-curating the entire festival.

He says the idea for the lab was born »

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Vr guru Eric Darnell to speak at Miff

12 May 2016 4:44 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Eric Darnell's Invasion!

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Virtual reality specialist Eric Darnell will give a special session on how to build immersive worlds at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Darnell is one of Vr's emerging masters, best known as the writer/director of the Madagascar films (a series which has now grossed over $2.5 billion at the box office) and the director of Dreamworks' Antz..

Darnell is also the Chief Creative Officer at Baobab Studios (a company described as one of the "Disneys of early Vr"), with a 25-year career as a director, screenwriter, story artist and executive producer.

Peopled by a collection of ex-Pixar, Dreamworks and LucasArts employees, Baobab has already established itself, with the launch of its Ethan Hawke-starring Invasion!, as one of the formidable, singular talents working in the virtual reality space.

Darnell will talk about lessons learned from the fascinating new world of Vr, building immersive worlds, inspiring audiences »

- Staff Writer

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How Tribeca 2016 Pushed Visual Storytelling Forward With ‘the bomb’ and More

25 April 2016 12:17 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Once upon a time, André Bazin, in his satirical essay The Myth of Total Cinema, attempted to debunk cinematic gimmicks such as 3D, Magnascope and “Percepto” — tools of showmanship that, of course, have a tendency to be overused. Cut to the present: digital cinema has been widely adopted (a few 35mm hold-outs do exist, it should be noted), fueled first by 3D – the killer app, as David Bordwell cites in Pandora’s Digital Box. Continuing down this path, larger film festivals have embraced new forms of storytelling, including virtual reality, episodic content, and interactive media. In addition to Tribeca’s “Storyscapes,” the festival included a Vr arcade as well as its stunning closing night performance the bomb. What follows is our account of the experience, along with select highlights from the festival’s Vr arcade.

Directed by Smriti Keshari, Eric Sclosser, and Kevin Ford and staged by United Visual Artists, »

- John Fink

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Vr writ large over Cannes Marché Next programme

20 April 2016 1:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Organisers behind the Cannes Marché’s third Next event set to run from May 12-18 have lined up an expanded future of cinema showcase that places heavy emphasis on the fast-rising world of virtual reality.

For the first time Next events will take place at the entrance of the Village International on the Pantiero side – the site previously occupied by Canal+ – and will feature installations, interactive films, screenings, conferences and workshops on subjects such as big data, theatres of the future, and VOD opportunities.

The Next schedule will include 15 innovative companies that will conduct business at the Next Pavilion. Creative Wallonia and the Canadian Film Center will have their own corner. The full Next programme will be announced shortly.

Vr Days programme

The centerpiece is the Vr Days programme, a rich roster featuring work from the world’s leading exponents that takes place over May 15 and 16 and stems from a clamour by content creators to focus »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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