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15th Tribeca Film Festival Set to Host 23 Virtual Reality Installations

15th Tribeca Film Festival Set to Host 23 Virtual Reality Installations

The Tribeca Film Festival is gearing up for its 15th year by embracing virtual reality worlds and installations in a big way. Twenty-three VR exhibits and interactive installations from leading creators and emerging artists will be presented at the Tribeca Festival Hub (50 Varick Street), with 16 of them making their world premieres. The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 13-24.

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“Tribeca has always celebrated the most exciting new forms of storytelling, from video games to virtual reality,” said Jane Rosenthal, festival co-founder, in an official statement. “This year’s program, which you can touch and feel at our amazing Festival Hub at Spring Studios, features the most dynamic work to date at the intersection of story and technology. We’re committed to giving the independent artists we support the best stage to share their mind-blowing work with audiences.”

Below are all of the VR projects that will be hitting Tribeca this April. Information provided by the Tribeca Institute.

STORYSCAPES (open April 14-17)


The Ark (World Premiere)
Project Creators: Jongsma + O’Neill (Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill)
Key Collaborator: Springbok Entertainment
DEEP VR (North American Premiere)
Project Creators: Owen Harris and Niki Smit
Key Collaborators: Cinekid, Paradoxical Recordings, Bryan Duggan

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness
Project Creators: Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, and James Spinney

SENS (World Premiere)
Project Creators: Charles Ayats, Armand Lemarchand, Marc-Antoine Mathieu
Key Collaborators: Calculmentor, Franck Weber

The Turning Forest (World Premiere)
Project Creator: Oscar Raby
Key Collaborators: Chris Pike, Zillah Watson, Katy Morrison


6X9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement
Project Creators: The Guardian’s Francesca Panetta and Lindsay Poulton
Key Collaborator: The Mill

The Argus Project
Project Creators: Gan Golan, Raquel de Anda, Julien Terrell, Ligaiya Romero

Intersection of I (World Premiere)
Project Creator: Whitney Dow
Key Collaborators: John Kudos, Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano, Michelle Byrd

Network Effect
Project Creators: Jonathan Harris and Gregor Hochmuth

Séances (World Premiere)
Project Creator: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, the NFB
Key Collaborators: Galen Johnson, Aubyn Freybe-Smith, Nickel Media

VIRTUAL ARCADE (open April 18-20)

ALLUMETTE  (World Premiere)
Project Creators: Eugene Chung, Jimmy Maidens, Penrose Studios

Project Creator: Molly Swenson, Tyson Sadler, Hayley Pappas/RYOT
Key Collaborators: Bryn Mooser, LAMP

ASHES (World Premiere)
Project Creator: Jessica Kantor/supported by Vrideo

The Crystal Reef (World Premiere)
Project Creator: Cody Karutz and Lauren Knapp/Stanford University 
Key Collaborator: Jeremy Bailenson

The Crystal Reef: Interactive (World Premiere)
Project Creator: The Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL)
Key Collaborator: Stanford University

DRAGONFLIGHT  (World Premiere)
Project Creators: Michael Conelly, Will Telford, Keith Goldfarb, Lyndon Barrois/Blackthorn Media

Project Creator: Janicza Bravo/Wevr
Key Collaborators: Wevr, Seed&Spark, Han West

Project Creators: Distant Corners/John Hegerman, Scott Stewart, Amanda Mortimer, Gabriela Revilla Lugo, Wevr

INVASION!  (World Premiere)
Project Creators: Eric Darnell, Maureen Fan/Baobab Studios

KANJU (World Premiere)

Project Creator: Stephanie Riggs / Azimyth Creation Studios
Key Collaborators: The Nantucket Project, Harbers Studios

KILLER DEAL  (World Premiere)
Project Creators: Irad Eyal, Aaron Rothman, Anthony C. Ferrante, iMan Productions, Better VR Studios
Key Collaborator: Ian Ziering

My Mother’s Wing
Project Creators: Gabo Arora, Ari Palitz/Vrse.works
Key Collaborators: Chris Milk, Patrick Milling Smith, Samantha Storr

Old Friend  (World Premiere)
Project Creator: Tyler Hurd/Wevr

“HACKED by DEF CON and MR. ROBOT” returns to the Festival this year on April 15-17, sponsored by USA Network’s Golden Globe Award-winning series “Mr. Robot.” Started by The Dark Tangent, also known as computer and internet security expert Jeff Moss, DEF CON has grown into the world’s biggest underground hacking conference.

Games for Change continues its partnership with Tribeca Film Festival for the third year, hosting the Games and Media Summit. The day-long event on April 18 will feature gaming innovators and industry voices leading the charge in shaping the way we feel, play, work and interact with games, technology and media. With a hands-on arcade as well as talks, panels and demos, the summit will spotlight new possibilities for impact through virtual reality, biofeedback, augmented reality, wearables, and more. 

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