This year’s Tribeca Film Festival which will be held from April 13-24 has added a number of events to its experimental slate. Of note is the world premiere of the media installation the bomb by documentary filmmakers Smriti Keshari and Eric Schlosser (writer, director Fast Food Nation; EP There Will Be Blood) which immerses the audience in the unsettling reality of a nuclear threat. The premiere event will be preceded by a panel with the creators and Michael Douglas. the bomb will be the closing event of the fest’s interactive and experiential portion, on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, at Gotham Hall with two shows each evening.
TFF also announced additional speakers for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Imagination Day, an all-day summit on April 19 that asks: what happens when our wildest dreams become reality and what will that reality be in our not-so-distant future? Newly announced speakers include Meredith Perry, inventor of uBeam; Bryan Johnson, founder of OS Fund; James Canton, Ph.D., a leading global futurist; and John Iwata, SVP, Marketing and Communications, IBM. VR directors Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël of Felix & Paul Studios will give their talk entirely in VR with the audience wearing headsets. They join a previously announced speakers Sir Richard Branson, Regina Dugan of Google, Second Life and High Fidelity founder Philip Rosedale and STRIVR founder and CEO Derek Belch.
In addition, five virtual reality projects have added to the Visual Arcade:
Grateful Dead: Truckin’ (World Premiere)
Project Creator: Jaunt VR
Key Collaborators: Ryan Wiederkehr, Patrick Meegan, Joey Santana, Dennis “Wiz” Leonard, Cliff Plumer
A sneak peek VR experience of the Grateful Dead’s historic ‘Fare Thee Wells” final tour. Mixed in Dolby Atmos, the audience is given unprecedented access to the bands performance of the hit song “Truckin”..
Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart (World Premiere)
Project Creators: The New York Times
Key Collaborators: Lunar Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association
A stereoscopic VR experience that brings viewers to Pluto.
The Click Effect
Project Creators: Sandy Smolan, James Nestor
Key Collaborators: Annapurna Pictures, Vrse, Vrse.works, The New York Times Op-Docs, The Sundance Institute
Viewers free-dive 100 feet below the ocean’s surface to discover the “click” communication of dolphins and sperm whales. The Click Effect is a live-action VR experience from Annapurna Pictures, Vrse.works, Sandy Smolan, and James Nestor; the first in a series of immersive journalism experiments commissioned by New Frontier at Sundance Institute, published by The New York Times Op-Docs.
Project Creator: Lynette Wallworth
Key Collaborators: Nyarri Morgan (featured); Nicole Newnham (producer); Curtis Taylor (narrator); Karryn de Cinque (editor); Patrick Meegan (director of photography); Jaunt VR
Collisions is a virtual reality journey to the homeland of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the Western Australian desert. It explores the dramatic collision between Nyarri’s traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology, when he witnessed firsthand and with no context, an atomic test.
PERSPECTIVE 2: THE MISDEMEANOR
Project Creators: Rose Troche, Morris May
Key Collaborators: Amy Lo, Charles Ottoway
When two young men are stopped by a police officer in Brooklyn, a simple misdemeanor spirals out of control. A live-action drama shot from four points of views in 360-degrees.