IDFA ’15: DocLab lines up Chris Milk, NFB projects

The "Seamless Reality" program at the 28th annual International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam will feature new projects by Chris Milk, Jonathan Harris and the National Film Board of Canada. (Pictured: NFB's The Deeper They Bury Me)
October 27, 2015

The “Seamless Reality” program at the 28th annual International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will feature new projects by Chris Milk, Jonathan Harris and NFB Interactive.

The joint program by IDFA DocLab and de Brakke Grond – the third partnership between the organization and the arts centre – this year focuses on “the interactive search for the boundaries between our physical and virtual realities.”

“Seamless Reality” will feature 30 installations and interactive projects, which will be presented at the free DocLab: Seamless Reality Exhibition, including the 15 projects selected for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling.

Among the in-competition projects are Chris Milk and Gabo Arora’s Waves of Grace, a 360-degree virtual reality film; the National Film Board of Canada-backed interactive film The Deeper They Bury Me (directed by Ted Biggs and Angad Bhalla), on solitary confinement; and Jonathan Harris’ Network Effect, an interactive venture about human life on the Internet.

Other DocLab Competition projects include Aaron Bradbury’s examination of the brain in love, LoVR; Hayoun Kwon’s entry into the minefields of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, DMZ: Memories of No Man’s Land; and Ziv Schneider and Laura Chen’s study of ISIS-destroyed works of art, RecoVR Mosul: A Collective Reconstruction.

In addition, IDFA will present a six-night Live Cinema Events series, featuring everything from interactive presentations to experimental multimedia performances with live music and audience participation. Featured events include “Performing Reality,” “The Art of Artificial Intelligence” and “Sounds Real Interactive.”

Finally, the festival will hold its annual DocLab Documentary Conference on November 22, with participants including Kathleen Lingo of The New York Times‘ ‘Op-Docs’ division, Karim Ben Khelifa of interactive project The Enemy and Margaux Missika from interactive prodco Upian, among others.

For a complete list of DocLab Competition projects, please click here.

IDFA takes place in central Amsterdam from November 18 to 29.

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