“Famous Deaths,” “Haunt” in TFI Interactive roster

The Tribeca Film Institute has revealed the lineup to the fifth annual TFI Interactive Forum, an all-day immersive event exploring the role of new media and tech across various industries. (Pictured: Famous Deaths)
April 3, 2016

The Tribeca Film Institute has revealed the lineup to the fifth annual TFI Interactive forum.

The all-day immersive event – which runs April 16 at the Tribeca Festival Hub at Spring Studios in New York – looks to explore the role of new media across various industries and is slated to feature leaders from across the media, gaming and technology sectors.

Making up the one-day forum are three separate components that include the MakerSpace, the Conference and the Interactive Playground exhibit.

The Interactive Playground will include nine U.S. premieres and seven world premieres at the event including VR experiences, which range from experiencing the last four minutes of a celebrity’s life, to “learning the ropes” about being a ghost, as well as conversations surrounding police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The interactive exhibit will provide attendees with the opportunity to experiment with a raft of technology-driven projects that include Famous Deaths, on the final moments in the lives of famous individuals, depicted through sound and scent; the Google Spotlight Stories-made Pearl, a mobile VR story following a father-daughter duo who travel across the country making music; and Tetragrams, a mash-up of Tetris and Tangrams brought together by smartphones.

Additional titles showcased during the event are Quinn, a live-action, choose-your-own-adventure story; BB-8 Droid, an app-enabled droid that investigates the possibilities of connecting humans with machines; Forma, a VR experience in which four visitors unearth a new world as Golem-based characters; Haven, a VR experience that explores the challenges of losing and acquiring a home; and Haunt, a VR experience that turns you as the viewer into a ghost invisible to spectators, until they seem to be looking at you.

Elsewhere, the newly added MakerSpace will focus on audience interactivity via workshops on new technologies; large-scale exercises on storytelling and design led by industry experts; and immersive sessions on social issues.

The MakerSpace lineup includes leaders from Stanford Mechanical Engineering Design Group, Black Lives Matter, IBM, littleBits, Art Beyond Sight, and the teams behind TFI-funded new media projects Notes on Blindness (pictured) and The Argus Project.

Meanwhile, TFI Interactive’s Conference, has expanded its focus to include storytelling, community, technology and maker culture in order to examine the interactivity among the disciplines. Speakers include such industry leaders as IBM Interactive Experience’s Joanna Peña-Bickley; Google VR’s Jessica Brillhart; the Sammy Ofer School of Communications’ Doron Friedman; Bare Conductive’s Matt Johnson; the Observer‘s Jasmine Lobe; Campaign Zero’s Samuel Sinyangwe; and Def Con and Black Hat’s Jeff Moss.

The 11-day Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 13 to 24 in New York City.

“As technology is ever-evolving, our program offers ample opportunity for speakers and audience members alike to generate new ideas, collaboration and conversation,” says Opeyemi Olukemi, senior director of interactive programs at TFI, in a statement. “We’re particularly excited to see the expansion of the Interactive Playground, the breadth of Conference speakers, and the launch of the MakerSpace this year.”

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