TRIBECA IMMERSIVE – VIRTUAL ARCADE RETURNS
Tribeca Immersive, an incubator for innovation and a global stage where top VR creators debut their latest work, will showcase more than 30 cinematic and cutting-edge virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality experiences by artists who are pushing the boundaries of storytelling with technology. Tribeca Immersive encompasses two events that run the duration of the Festival, Virtual Arcade, presented by AT&T, and Tribeca Cinema360. The Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 24th to May 5th. Visitors to the Virtual Arcade will encounter a lineup of 22 compelling VR, AR, and MR experiences and exhibits from new and established artists, with Tribeca Cinema360 featuring 12 curated screenings in a custom VR theater. Immersive attendees will be transported to places they’ve never been before, from a time-warping dream bubble (Future Dreaming, pictured below) to an alien jungle (Bonfire). Attendees will get to ride on the back of a jellyfish to experience the wonders of the deep and then see the impact of pollution from a vitally different perspective (A Drop in the Ocean). The Festival will premiere the first Doctor Who experience in VR, Doctor Who: The Runaway, voiced by the current and first woman Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, and also present a one-of-a-kind collaboration with popular historian/podcaster Dan Carlin and MWM Immersive that transports attendees to a WWI battlefield with stunning realism (War Remains).
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS 2019
BLISS (Dir. Joe Begos; Midnight; World Premiere) – A brilliant painter facing the worst creative block of her life turns to anything she can to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles.
CHARLIE SAYS (Dir. Mary Harron; Spotlight Narrative; NA Premiere) – Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them – and through her we witness their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes.
COME TO DADDY (Dir. Ant Timpson; Midnight; World Premiere) – A man in his thirties travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father.
THE GASOLINE THIEVES (Dir. Edgar Nito; International Narrative Competition; World Premiere) – An innocent crush propels fourteen year old Lalo’s descent into the criminal underworld of illegal gasoline extraction. What begins as a fast track for the latest smartphone quickly veers into a deadly fight for his life.
I AM HUMAN (Dir. Elena Gaby & Taryn Southern; Movies Plus; World Premiere) – Meet the world’s first ‘cyborgs’ – a quadriplegic, a blind man, an amputee, a bio-hacker, and a woman with Parkinson’s – the scientists who help them, and one entrepreneur who will stop at nothing on his quest to unlock the brain.
IN FABRIC (Dir. Peter Strickland; Critics’ Week; NY Premiere) – In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences..
KNIVES AND SKIN (Dir. Jennifer Reeder; Midnight; World Premiere) – “Knives and Skin” is a mystical teen noir that follows a young girl’s disappearance in the rural Midwest and its effect on teens and parents.
ONLY (Dir. Takashi Doscher; Spotlight Narrative; World Premiere) – After a comet releases a mysterious virus that begins to kill all of the women in the world, a young couple’s relationship is severely tested. They hide out (from both the illness and the savages who hunt the remaining women) in their over-sterilized apartment. Ultimately the duo escapes their self-imposed quarantine to head to the wilderness for one final experience together.
SOMETHING ELSE (Dirs. Jeremy Gardner & Christian Stella; Midnight; World Premiere) – When his long suffering girlfriend disappears suddenly, leaving a cryptic note as her only explanation, Hank’s comfortable life and his sanity begin to crack. Then, from the woods surrounding his house, something terrible starts trying to break in.
TRIBECA GENRE SHORTS
“11:50” (Dir. Yiguo Chen) – World Premiere, Short Narrative. In the pouring rain, a junkie takes the hotel key of a man that his car has accidentally killed. As he walks into the hotel and finds that room, he has to face a mysterious journey that will never have an end. In Chinese with English subtitles.
“Bunker Burger” (Dir. Adam Yorke) – World Premiere, Short Narrative. The members of an underground, post-apocalyptic bunker invite a psychologist from the radioactive and chaotic surface to audition for a place to live among them. With Enrico Colantoni, Sara Mitich, Tony Babcock, Jennifer Vallance, Sarah Gnocato, Bethanie Ho.
“Flyby” (Dir. Jesse Mittelstadt) – World Premiere, Short Narrative. When a passing asteroid begins to affect how people perceive time, one man struggles to keep up with a life that is quickly disappearing into the future. With Tommee May, Riley Egan, Adam Mayfield, Akul Dang, Bardot Corso, Charles Chu, Chelsea Harris, Chris Reagan, Justin Rupple, Phil Abrams, Ryan Shrime, Torrey Devitto, Valeria Maldonado, Caity Ware.
“His Hands” (Dirs. Arron Blake & Darius Shu) –North American Premiere, Short Narrative. Two men of different ages meet for the strangest encounter of their lives. With Arron Blake, Philip Brisebois.
“Hunting Season” (Dir. Shannon Kohli) – written by Hannah Levien. (Canada) – New York Premiere, Short Narrative. Callie, a small town gas station attendant, has an unexpected encounter which will change the course of her life forever. With Hannah Levien, Luke Camilleri.
“The Shipment” (Dir. Bobby Bala) – New York Premiere, Short Narrative. Unable to afford repairs to his old broken ship, a struggling interplanetary transporter and his daughter are stranded on a wretched spaceport as his morality is put to the test. With Aleks Paunovic, Ishana Bala, Robert Maillet, Omari Newton.
“Snaggletooth” (Dir. Colin Bishop)- New York Premiere, Short Narrative. An unusual girl needs to get her teeth fixed at midnight. With Jolie Ledford, Sierra Marcks, Susan Louise O’Connor, Thomas Cokenias.
“Storm” (Dir. Will Kindrick) – World Premiere, Short Narrative. An unexpected user is accidentally launched through a series of turbulent splash portals when his government enforced dating app malfunctions in his bathtub. With John Bubniak, Corey Potter, Gwen Van Dam, RJ Howard, Corey L Page.
“Unregistered” (Dir. Sophia Banks) – written by Erin Dignam. (USA) – World Premiere, Short Narrative. Unregistered is a narrative short film following a new couple navigating analog and digital connections in the not-too-distant future of a dystopian Los Angeles. With Dylan Penn, Trevor Jackson, David Lee Smith.
“Whiteout” (Dir. Lance Edmands) – written by Lance Edmands, Sarah Tihany. (USA) – World Premiere, Short Narrative. When a young couple encounters a strange old man wandering in a snowstorm, they must decide if he needs help, or if he has more sinister intentions. With Sarah Tihany, David Call, Patrick M Walsh Jr..
“Zero” (Dirs. The Brother’s Lynch) – World Premiere, Short Narrative. After a mysterious electromagnetic pulse renders the world’s technology useless, a young girl finds herself isolated and alone with only her father’s strict set of rules to keep her alive. With Bella Ramsey, Nigel O’Neill, Danny Shooter, James Oliver Wheatley.