By Evan DeSimone
Virtual reality talent agency Kaleidoscope announced today that it will sponsor a 10-city film festival featuring immersive content presented by 360-degree video streaming platform Vrideo.
The national tour will feature 15 films in virtual reality formats from a roster of leading global creators.
“The aim of the Kaleidoscope film festival is to create a space for independent artists and audiences alike to discuss, connect and experience virtual reality films and to keep the conversation going,” said Kaleidoscope co-founder Michael Breymann in a statement.
Founded in May 2015 by entrepreneur René Pinnell and former Industrial Light & Magic technical director Michael Breymann, Kaleidoscope connect creatives working in virtual formats with brands, entertainment companies and the public. The agency curated the fesitval’s lineup from its roster of creative talent in partnership with Vrideo, a leading platform for immersive virtual and 360-degree video experiences.
The festival’s tour will kick off in Portland, Oregon, on August. 22 and make stops in Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Montreal, Toronto andNew York City, before wrapping up in Austin, Texas, on October 14.
Currently, a roster of 15 filmmakers has been selected to display their work at the festival, but according to a statement released by the organizers, more films will be added closer to the date.
“Bright Shadows” (U.S./dir: Michael Catalano): An 11-minute computer generated animation of dynamic, colorful abstractions choreographed to instrumental music.
“Butts” (U.S./dir: Tyler Hurd): Widely-credited as the first animated cartoon for virtual reality, “Butts” is a story about love, trust, and learning what it means to be truly free.
“Colosse” (Israel-U.K.-U.S./producer: Joseph Chen): A real-time virtual reality storytelling experience with a stylized, character-focused visual language.
“Der Grosse Gottleib” (Netherlands/dir: Daniël Ernst): The greatest acrobat of his generation performs his final amazing trick.
“DMZ: Memories Of A No Man’s Land” (South Korea/dir: Hayoun Kwon): A virtual documentary that takes the viewer to a place where they are forbidden to go: The Korean Demilitarized Zone, a strip of land about 248 km long and 4 km wide that separates North and South Korea.
“The Last Mountain” (U.S./dir: Avram Dodson): An original story about a rock creature in search of companionship.
“Lovr” (U.K./dir: Aaron Bradbury): A story of love, told through neural activity captured over 4 seconds. As chemicals are released and areas of the brain activated, a form of poetry is revealed within the data. The heart beats, the iris dilates and time stands still as two lovers see each other for the first time.
“The Archer” (U.S./dir: Jessica Kantor): A man visits a female archer, and chaos ensues.
“The Nepal Quake Projects” (U.S./dir: David Darg): An immersive look into the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, narrated by Susan Sarandon.”
“The Night Cafe” (U.S./dir: Mac Cauley): An immersive VR environment that allows you to explore the world of painter Vincent van Gogh first hand.
“Sightline: The Chair” (Czech Republic/dir: Tomáš Mariančík): A surreal experience in which, the moment you shift your gaze, the environment changes.
“Surge” (Netherlands/dir: Arjan Van Meerten): An abstract meditation on the evolutionary process and its relentless march towards complexity.
“Tana Pura” (U.S./dir: Mike Tucker): An audio-visual exploration of the moments following death and the soul’s transition into the afterlife.
“Way To Go” (Canada/dir: Vincent Morisset): An interactive experience, a restless panorama, a mixture of hand-made animation, 360˚ video capture, music and dreaming and code centered around a walk in the woods.
“Welcome To Aleppo” (U.S./dir: Christian Stephen): A documentary by war correspondent Christian Stephen that transports the viewer to Aleppo, Syria, an ancient city that is now one of the most dangerous war zones on earth.