NFFTYX 360° Gallery
presented by Oculus
Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29
10am - 5pm at Museum Of Pop Culture / MoPoP
walk-up Admission to NFFTYX 360° Gallery is included with every NFFTY Festival Pass!
All walk-up attendees will be scheduled for a 30-minute gallery slot, and seating will be first come-first serve. All admission to NFFTYX's 360° Gallery is subject to availability.
Welcome to the NFFTYX Gallery, NFFTY’s first foray into immersive and 360º storytelling. We have curated a program that features some of the best examples of 360º viewing, making and thinking in the hopes of inspiring you, and maybe even your friends and family members, to jump in and get started making your own.
You will have 30 minutes to experience one of the following programs:
• a playlist from the NFFTYX Official Selection of 360º videos
• a Special Selection of groundbreaking immersive storytelling
• the virtual art of Scott Bennett
• a VR painting demo & the NFFTYX Exquisite Corpse project
As you experience these 360º worlds, keep in mind that the technology, the language and storytelling of 360º media making are all in early stages of development. Here are just a few of the challenges: the “frame” is everywhere; directing action is now complicated by multiple cameras shooting simultaneously to capture the 360º environment; editing in 360º without a headset is a bit like driving blind. It’s a cumbersome process for which some of the tools of traditional filmmaking apply and some don’t. What’s exciting is that, like the early days of making movies, it’s a time of experimentation and discovery.
NFFTYX OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Romain Vak - 24
Kenya's Kibera is Africa's biggest slum, where most of those living in Kibera live in absolute poverty - making less than a dollar a day. But they are not asking for sympathy, they are asking for admiration.
Sho Schrock - 18, Sam Wickert - 19, Karoline Ribak - 18, Bryce Cyrier - 22
A first person, live-action virtual reality experience featuring a deranged farmer/murder and his next victim: you!
Carolina Marquez - 22, Jayson Chesler - 21, Ryan Hayes - 21, Alexis Macklin - 21
Life and Death at the Mexican Border explores the dangers immigrants face while crossing the border into the United States; highlighting the impact this journey has on immigrants, border patrol agents, advocates, and ranchers.
Patrick Malley - 21
The Women's March. New York City. A historic turnout of support for women's rights and equality. Captured in 360, to help understand the scope of how large an event this was.
Marius Mülhaupt - 22
White Lilies' follows the florist Alex who encounters his dream girl in his sleep. He journeys through the world of dreams to finally reach her - but soon his self-doubt is taking over.
NFFTYX SPECIAL SELECTIONS
Lead Artists: Rufus Norris, Toby Coffey, Erfan Saadati
Home is a series of 360° films exploring the meaning of home through the stories of refugees living in the Calais Jungle. Home: Aamir profiles the story of a 22 year-old man who ends up at the Calais Jungle after escaping persecution in Sudan.
*Parental Advisory Explicit Content*
Lead Artist: Rose Troche
Key Collaborator: Bruce Allan
Producers: Amy Lo, Sophie Finkelstein
If Not Love sets the viewer inside a pulsing dance club where a shooter prepares to carry out a mission for the Lord. Inspired by VR’s potential to convey multiple perspectives, If Not Love explores whether a simple act could change the course of history.
*Parental Advisory Explicit Content*
Lead Artist: Janicza Bravo
Producers: Emily Best, Eve Cohen, James Kaelan, Natasha Pearson, Han West
Hard World for Small Things places the viewer in the middle of the events surrounding an accidental shooting to explore issues of identity, empathy, and how a single event can come to define an entire life.
Lead Artists: Arnaud Colinart, Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Notes On Blindness: Into Darkness is an interactive VR project based on British writer John Hull's experience of going blind. The project draws on over sixteen recorded hours of audio journal that Hull recorded over three years and uses binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a ‘world beyond sight’. The project won the Storyscapes Award at Tribeca Film Festival and the Alternate Realities VR Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
VR ART EXPERIENCE & DEMO
Seattle VR artist Scott Bennett (aka scobot http://www.scobot.com/blog/) will exhibit his virtual artwork, demo virtual painting programs and oversee the creation of the NFFTYX Exquisite corpse project.
Artist: Scott Bennett
This piece was created with the virtual reality painting program Tilt Brush and then brought into the Unity 3D game engine to create the animation and interactivity. By using the hand controllers, the viewer can fly/float/drift through
the painting, which evolves and morphs based upon the viewer’s perspective.
**HEALTH WARNING** Some people may experience motion sickness, nausea, disorientation, blurred vision, or other discomfort when experiencing virtual reality. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop viewing immediately and advise the attendant. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, please advise the attendant before participating. You should not participate if you are under the influence of alcohol or have an impaired sense of balance.