The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled its lineup of virtual reality (VR) and innovative exhibitions as part of the Tribeca Immersive program.
The 11-day fest runs from April 19 to 30 in New York City and will feature 29 (VR) exhibits and interactive installations, including 20 world premieres.
Within this year’s Tribeca Immersive program, the Storyscapes and Virtual Arcade exhibitions will feature a diverse array of experiential projects rooted in documentary, narrative and music.
Celebrating its fifth year, the 2017 Storyscapes selections include six projects from four countries, including three world premieres. The juried showcase – which seeks to bridge filmmaking, technology and storytelling – features six VR and interactive installations focused on the exploration of the human experience.
One project will be selected by a jury to receive the Storyscapes Award, which recognizes groundbreaking approaches in storytelling and technology.
Projects bowing across the Storyscapes exhibit include Alexander Porter, Yasmin Elayat, James George and Mei-Ling Wong’s Blackout, an ongoing participatory VR project gathering political reflections of real people living New York; Jordan Tannahill’s Draw Me Close, a vivid memoir about the Canadian playwright’s relationship with his mother in the wake of her terminal cancer diagnosis; and Gabo Arora and Ari Palitz’s The Last Goodbye, documenting Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter’s tour of the Majdanek Concentration Camp in Lubin, Poland.
The line-up will also feature the second annual Virtual Arcade, which includes 23 VR experiences from leading and budding creators in the medium from six countries. Among the 17 world premieres are Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël‘s The People’s House (pictured; Felix & Paul Studios), which transports viewers on a historic visit of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House; Virtual Human Interaction Lab and Stanford University’s Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience, a first-person VR experience in which users face the adversity of living on the streets; and Arnaud Colinart, Jennifer Brea and Amaury La Burthe’s UNREST, from the team behind Notes on Blindness,the user-led experience allows users to access the world of chronic illness and disability.
Both Storyscapes and Virtual Arcade open to the public on April 21.
“As VR has continued to evolve technologically, so has the storytelling. Our mission is to shine a light on those creators pushing the boundaries of the medium to move beyond the demo phase and deliver on the promise of fully realized stories and truly transformative experiences,” said Loren Hammonds, programmer for film and experiential at Tribeca Film Festival, in a statement.
A full listing, along with descriptions, for each Storyscapes and Virtual Arcade project can be found by visiting the Tribeca Film Festival website.
The Tribeca Film Festival’s lineup of documentary films was released yesterday (March 2).