Event

VR Pitch Night

Special Event
Theater 7–9:30pm
  • Regular $25
  • Media Center Members $15

**TICKET INCLUDES COMPLIMENTARY FOOD + DRINKS!

Hold onto your headsets and join us for our third annual VR Pitch Night!

See the next wave of immersive creators show off their upcoming work with entertaining pitches, and stick around to check out recently premiered works from major festivals!

ABOUT THE EVENT:

  • 7:00 – 8:00 PM: The Pitches (Theater)
  • 8:00 – 9:30 PM: VR Gallery + Reception (Media Arts Gallery, Lounge)

THE PITCHES: 

Five amazing virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or immersive projects will be selected by the Made in NY Media Center by IFP staff to present a five minute-long pitch to a panel of industry judges, and to our live audience. 

OUR SELECTED PROJECTS:

CITY OF ENCHANTMENT

City of Enchantment tells the story of Lake Jackson, Texas, a company town for a large petrochemical producer. It boldly asks: what happens when an industry harms the health of the community it built? In this short hybrid VR / AR piece, the audience can SEE the toxic chemicals in the air we breathe and the water we drink, from the point of origin to communities impacted miles away.

Director: Gwen Schroeder
Producers: Gwen Schroeder, Jen Vitale
Creative Consultant: Ryan Uzilevsky / Light Harvest

Website: www.cityofenchantment.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cityofenchantmentdoc/

THE FOURTH ROOM

The Fourth Room is an interactive VR experience, centered around the drawings of Hatem Hadawe and Amal Omran. Born as a companion piece to the theatre production Three Rooms, the viewer is invited to question alongside the performers themes of agency, access, geopolitical mobility, and absence – and whether technology is capable of mediating any of these concerns.

Collaborators: Karina Hisayasu, Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton, Amal Omran, Hatem Hadawe, Thomas Van Bouwel

Website: https://www.sistersylvester.org/3rooms/
Twitter: @sissylvester
Facebook: Sister Sylvester
Instagram: @sistersylvester

HEAR ME

You are David, a young man at a critical turning point in your life. As you explore past memories of events that have led to this moment, you will discover that your recollections may not be accurate. From there, you must decide what kind of man you will be… Will you face the truth of the past, even if it alters your future?

Director: Jon Clinkenbeard
Executive Producers: Bodine Boling, Jon Clinkenbeard
Producers: Bianca Jackson, Zena Wood, Alasandro Fenston
Written by: Bodine Boling

Website: bigblackblob.com, harmonium.tv

LUX SINE

Lux Sine is a multi-sensory, interactive room scale VR experience set in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Using an array of edge-tech visualization tools, the experience takes the participant over a mile below ground in subterranean depths to interrogate the mysteries of both particle physics and Lakota spirituality as they unravel the cosmos from different angles.

Director: Alex Suber
Assistant Director: Breton Schwarzenbach
Executive Producer: Addis Goldman
Producers: Mika Hasak, Tyler Pridgen
Developer: Mark Fingerhut
Music by: Nathan Miller

Website: www.swervex.io
Instagram: @swerve_vr

WHITE SUPREMACY 101: COLUMBUS THE HERO?

Movers & Shakers NYC is creating an augmented reality book/installation based on the true story of Christopher Columbus.

Executive Producer: Glenn Cantave
Smartphone App by: Idris Brewster
Illustrators: Ezra Claytan Daniels, David Rodriguez, Ben Shadis, Justin Weiss Animators: Adebukola Boundrin, Amanda Ho, Steve Lucin, Justin Weiss
Poetry: Oscar Bruce, Glenn Cantave
Sound Design: Adebukola Boundrin, Gary Haase
Professor: David Eisenbach

Website: moversandshakersnyc.com
Twitter: @moversandshakersnyc
Instagram: @moversandshakersnyc
Facebook: Movers & Shakers NYC

OUR PITCH JURY: 

Shannon Carroll is an artist and Creative Director at Vivid Story, a NYC-based studio harnessing the power of visual storytelling for causes. They are a Certified B Corporation championing positive social impact and sustainability. She has presented VR and AR projects at SXSW, Harvard University, Brown University, Skoll World Forum, Columbia University, NYU, and Creative Time Summit. Shannon is currently a member at NEW INC and an advisor for the Oculus VR for Good program.

John Fitzgerald is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, technologist and cofounder of the experiential studio, Sensorium. He is a co-creator of ZIKR: A SUFI REVIVAL (Sundance New Frontier ’18), the producer of THE SKY IS A GAP (Sundance New Frontier ’17), and the technical director, cinematographer, and producer of LINCOLN IN THE BARDO (New York Times VR). John holds an honors degree in Modern Culture and Media Studies from Brown University and is a former visiting artist at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology. He is currently a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Advanced Urbanism and a mentor at the New Museum’s incubator, NEW INC.

Matthew Niederhauser is an award-winning photojournalist, filmmaker, and technologist who most recently cofounded the experiential studio, Sensorium. His creative practice draws strongly from his work at Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts where he studied visual anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, and interdisciplinary art practice. He is also a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Advanced Urbanism and mentor at New Inc.

Noa Oron is an experienced startup consultant, focusing on media related technologies and solutions. She is currently business development director at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, connecting startups with the largest media company in Europe. Prior to Bertelsmann, Noa was a tech reporter and commentator for Thomson Reuters, Forbes, and the Israeli National News. She has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Masters degree in business journalism from Columbia University, and BA from Tel Aviv University.

Ziv Schneider is an artist and designer, and co-founder at Raycaster. Her work is at the intersection of documentary, video games and volumetric photography and combines various design practices to explore how new technologies enrich narratives. Ziv holds a masters from NYU's ITP program, where she now teaches a class on interactive nonfiction.

Fred Volhuer is the co-founder of Ground Control @ Atlas V. He is a member of Executive committee of WNP, and CEO of WNP Digital, one of the top-3 independent digital agencies in France ($30M revenue for 2017). Fred joined WNP when it acquired Napkin, a digital strategy agency Fred had founded in 2009. Before founding Atlas V, Fred started a consulting firm to support creative pieces in VR with marketing/distribution strategies, Shuttershades.io. He is also strategic advisor for a VR creation and distribution tool for content makers named WONDA VR. He has been a panelist in several VR conferences (Tribeca Film Festival, IFP Week) and lectured at MIT Open Doc Lab. In 2015, he supported NOTES ON BLINDNESS: INTO DARKNESS, one of the most awarded VR pieces. 

OUR PRIZES:

Jury Prize includes: Free 3-month Incubator-level membership to Media Center ($1,350 value); a $500 giftcard for Media Center events and classes; and more to be announced.

Audience Choice Award includes: a $150 giftcard for Media Center events and classes; and more to be announced.

VR GALLERY + RECEPTION: 

After the pitches, we'll celebrate! Attendees can explore a selection of Occulus Rift and mobile VR installations throughout our Media Arts Gallery and Lounge spaces. Stay tuned for updates!

Complimentary food and beverages provided.

Our VR Gallery:

Chocolate

Presented by Viacom NEXT and set to the song by Giraffage of the same name, Chocolate drops you as a robot into a world of colorful chrome in which everything is heavily synchronized to the music. Everything is shiny and glimmering, smooth and sexy, cute and strange, overwhelming and astonishing.

  • Presented by: Viacom NEXT
  • Creator, Animator & Director: Tyler Hurd
  • Producer: Adam Rogers

* Premiered at Sundance 2017 // Press: https://www.roadtovr.com/chocolate-vr-music-video-giraffage-tyler-hurd-preview/

Sanctuaries of Silence

Silence just might be on the verge of extinction and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. In Sanctuaries of Silence, join Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.

  • Directors: Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
  • Producer: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Adam Loften
  • Editor: Adam Loften
  • Principal Cast: Gordon Hempton

* Premiered at New York Film Festival 2017 // Website: https://goprojectfilms.com/films/sanctuaries-of-silence/ 

{The And} VR 

The setup is simple: a mother on the left, her daughter on the right and a stack of cards between them. In the VR documentary {The And} VR, the women take turns confronting each other with questions they read from the cards. These questions relate to the times in their lives that are the most difficult to talk about. 

  • Created by: The Skin Deep
  • Directors: Topaz Adizes, Alex Suber
  • Production: Topaz Adizes for The Skin Deep
  • Co-production: Alex Suber for Swerve
  • Cinematography: Alex Suber

* Premiered at IDFA 2017 // Website: http://www.theand.us

 

VR Gallery curated by Kiira Benzing, Bill Curran, and Mark Sternberg.

 

PRESENTED BY:

Special thanks to StoryCode and KitSplit, co-founders of VR Pitch Night.

With media support from VR / AR Association: www.thevrara.com 

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