A transcendent tale of life-giving water brought to a dying planet. Overrun by a singular organism's relentless proliferation, a massive celestial event sets the cycle of extinction and re-birth in motion. Constructed largely from physical elements digitally-scanned in nature, "Hovering" offers an extraterrestrial virtual world built from terrestrial artifacts. Conor Grebel creates stunning visual effects artistry by combining both modern digital and traditional analog techniques. "Hovering," scored by Shigeto, is part of a collaborative audiovisual series of imaginary landscapes called "Territories," assembled by the 79Ancestors label.
A SIMA 2017 Virtual Reality Finalist, “Refugees” is a 360 documentary about the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Thousands have left their homes in search for a better future, and in their search they encounter dangerous obstacles. The creators went to Lesbos, Greece, where migrants take the leap from Turkey, putting their lives at risk, and captured some of the most intense moments in thrilling virtual reality.
“Fuerza Imprevista”, or "Unforeseen Strength" is a collaboration between the Latin Grammy award-winners, Mariachi Flor De Toloache and Leyenda Dance Company. Modern interpretations of traditional Mexican song and dance combine to delight in the spirit of Cinco De Mayo.
Across the globe, wildlife -- and people -- are in trouble. Poaching, land degradation and climate change threaten many of the world’s most iconic animals – and strain resources people need to survive. Yet there are signs of hope, as some communities are reknitting the bonds enabling people and wildlife to live together. “MY AFRICA” transports viewers to the untamed rangelands of Kenya, where elephant populations are climbing, and communities are working for the long-term success of the species. The Elephant Keeper, companion piece, presents an interactive experience, putting audiences in the shoes of a keeper at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.
“Asteroids!” is the Emmy-award winning sequel to the Emmy-award winning and bestselling VR experience Invasion! Having been thwarted by bunnies in their invasion, the bumbling aliens Mac and Cheez retreat into deep space, teleporting onto their spaceship. With the help of their trusty pink robot dog Peas, they must rally to save their ship and its crew when danger approaches.
Awarded a 2017 SIMA Jury Prize for Experimental Advocacy, “Traces” is a cinematic virtual reality film exploring the memories of one woman living with Alzheimer’s disease. In the film, the main character Willie White, an 88-year old woman living with dementia, recounts her time as a young girl living in the fields near Mason, Tennessee. As her words transport us back in time, traces of memory fall in and out—the old wooden farmhouse where she was raised, the coconut cakes her mom would make on Sunday mornings, her favorite white dress, the hymns she’d sing in the choir at church. Through these vibrant recollections, illustrated through re-enactments, we journey with Willie as she searches for the words to one of her favorite songs and the meaning of memory in this new and fragmented landscape.
From Emmy Award winning Oculus Story Studio comes “Dear Angelica”, a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Entirely painted inside of VR, Dear Angelica plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you. An immersive illustrative short story starring Geena Davis and Mae Whitman.
In "Valen's Reef," join local fisherman-turned-coral-reef-scientist and CI staffer Ronald Mambrasar as he monitors the reefs with his young son, Valen. Ronald tells Valen the story of how the area was almost destroyed and how the community-led conservation initiative restored it. As a native Papuan and father of four, Ronald shares what it means to protect his home for Valen's generation and shows just how successful conservation can be when local people are empowered to take a leading role.