The Tribeca Film Festival announced today a series of new additions to the 2016 festival, including the world premiere of “the bomb,” five more VR options in their Virtual Arcade and additional speakers for their Imagination Day summit, taking place on April 19.
The big announcement today is that Smriti Keshari and Eric Schlosser’s “the bomb” will be the closing event of the interactive and experiential portion of the Tribeca Film Festival, on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, at Gotham Hall with two shows each evening. It will be preceded by a panel with the creators of “the bomb,” along with Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas, who is a long-time advocate of nuclear non-proliferation.
According to today’s announcement “the bomb” is a multimedia installation “that immerses the audience in the strange, compelling, and unsettling reality of today’s nuclear threat.” The experiential piece combines film, music and animation that places the audience in the midst of a performance space, surrounded by 30 foot screens with projected images, all while the band, The Acid, plays in the middle. Documentary producer/director Keshari (“Food Chains”) and author Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”) collaborated with indie filmmaker Kevin Ford, Radiohead’s graphic designer Stanley Donwood and United Visual Artists in creating the multimedia experience.
“‘the bomb’ is a powerful example of the combined impact technology and storytelling can have on an audience,” said Genna Terranova, Festival Director. “The experience is simultaneously an archival story, musical performance, and haunting visual and auditory simulation that blends artistry with political and social issues. We are proud to host such a unique world premiere and share this remarkable experience with New York audiences ahead of its world tour.”
From April 18-20, the Tribeca Film Festival will also be hosting a Virtual Arcade where anyone with a Festival Hub Pass can check out 18 virtual reality projects. Today the festival announced the addition five new projects to the Arcade, including the world premiere of “Grateful Dead: Truckin,” from Jaunt VR, which captures the band’s historic Fare Thee Wells tour. Also included in the arcade will be “Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart,” created by The New York Times, a stereoscopic experience that brings viewers to Pluto. “The Click Effect,” created by Sandy Smolan and James Nestor, allows you to free-dive below the ocean’s surface to discover the “click” communication of dolphins and sperm whales. “Perspective 2: The Misdemeanor,” created by Rose Troche and Morris May, is a 360-degree, live action drama that details a misdemeanor stop by a police officer in Brooklyn that spirals out of control. Also on display is “Collisions,” which premiered at Sundance and examines the clash of Aboriginal and Western culture.
On April 19, TFF will be hosting Imagination Day powered by The Hatchery, an all-day summit asking the question: What happens when our wildest dreams become reality and what will that reality be in our not-so-distant future? In addition to already announced participants like Sir Richard Branson, Tribeca today is adding additional speakers, including uBeam inventor Meredith Perry, global futurist James Canton, Ph.D., OS Fund founder Bryan Johnson, IBM’s John Iwata, while VR directors Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël will offer an immersive experience by giving their talk entirely in VR with the audience all wearing virtual reality headsets.
The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 13-24.
For a look at VR from a different perspective, check out the trailer for “Creative Control” below.