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VR Salon

Running Time:390:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
9:30 AM EST
Thursday, November 14
BAC Annex Classrooms
9:30 AM EST
Friday, November 15
BAC Annex Classrooms

The tools of virtual reality have created a new space of exploration for the vanguard of immersive media.  The VR Salon presents 360 films and experiments from filmmakers who are also fine artists, writers, performers, designers, and entrepreneurs exploring how filmmaking will evolve in the age of experience.  Talk with a Digital Human, step into a headset to ride in the Green Truck, or watch history unfold around you in 360. The Salon is facilitated by Sara FentonEmma Jaster, and Matt Pearson.

Come anytime Thursday or Friday 9:30am-4pm and stay as long as you like for trippy virtual interactions, award-winning brilliance, and scintillating dialogue.  Or attend one of our special events with inspired thinkers and makers:

Ready, Set, Headset : Kickoff roundtable, Thursday 9:30-10:30am

Meet the Artists : One-on-one access to the filmmakers. Friday 2-3pm

Featured projects:

Digital Human
Creator: Marie Johnson
Introducing Hanna, the first ever digital human created for New Hanover County and New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Ashe ’68
Directors: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons, Rex Miller
Previewed at the 2018 US OPEN, The Ashe ’68 Virtual Reality Experience brings viewers into the intimate moments right before Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 US Open win, weaving together 360° video re-creations, archival material and evocative, never-before-seen 360° stop-motion sand animation to tell the story.

Diverse & Subversive: The Anti-Gentrification Of Boyle Heights
Director: Rory Mitchell
“Diverse & Subversive: The Anti-Gentrification Of Boyle Heights,” is the first long-term VR Documentary to embed in a developing news story, filming for over 2.5 years. The story follows the work of the radical, Anti-Gentrification organization DEFEND BOYLE HEIGHTS, as they use Black Bloc style tactics to resist Art Galleries, Coffee shops & Developers.

Directors: Laura Hart McKinny, Andrew Mirmanesh
A 10-year-old boy living in poverty, finds his passion through ballroom dancing and the support of his parents, teacher and classmates.

Directors: The School of Making Thinking
A suite of experimental 360 films shot in Wilmington, NC by participants of The School of Making Thinking‘s annual residency on the Jengo’ s Playhouse campus through a partnership with Cucalorus and ARVR Consultants