360/VR Lab

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360 CINEMA LAB | FESTIVAL HUB | DAILY (FREE)

Experience the wonder of immersive and experimental 360 storytelling created by an array of talented international artists at the 360 Cinema Lab at the Festival Hub. This 360 program of immersive artworks, curated by Seattle-based WonderTek Labs and sponsored by Rock Island Communications, will feature a diverse lineup of global 360 arthouse cinema content carefully selected to complement the high bar for artistic quality established by OIFF curator Carl Spence.

This year’s program for OIFF focuses on immersive 360 cinema, an area of the film industry that is, quite literally, being invented right now. The development of 360 cameras and 360 editing tools is allowing traditional “flattie” filmmakers to explore filmmaking in 360, while also bringing new voices to the cinematic space who are inventing how story can be told immersively as they learn to work with these tools. 

The 360 Cinema slate includes powerful African storytelling from Kenya and Senegal; curious and visually stunning abstract artworks from Korea and China; a provocative, intensely intimate 360 relationship drama; an experimental 360 dance piece shot on a farm in Oklahoma; a beautifully flowing black-and-white abstract artwork exploring physics through two brothers playing a game of cricket against a tapestry of stars, out of Australia; and an achingly raw and genuine 360 abstract poem created by a young Seattle artist.

About Wondertek Labs: WonderTek Labs is a Seattle-based XR content and consulting studio, producing and curating immersive experimental / arthouse cinema and digital contemporary artworks programmes for film festivals and art museums.

360 EXPERIMENTAL DANCE: ASHES

USA | 2016 | 5:27 minutes | Jess Kantor

Synopsis: “Ashes,” an early work by 360 dance pioneer Jessica Kantor,  is a 360 story told through movement about a tragic day at the beach. It premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and went on to play at Seattle International Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, Deadcenter Film Festival and many others.

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360 EXPERIMENTAL DANCE: HOMECOMING: SEDUCTION

USA | 2017 | 4:51 minutes | Lance McDaniel (WARNINGS: 13+, mature content)

Synopsis: “Homecoming: Seduction” uses the language of dance to explore the challenges of avoiding addiction, the emotional rush of using, and the inevitable crash that always follows. 
Lance McDaniel is an independent filmmaker from Alva, Oklahoma. He has written and directed shorts, documentaries, and narrative features. “Homecoming: Seduction” is his first 360 film.

360 IMMERSIVE POETRY:  ISOLATION

USA | 2018 | 3:08 minutes | Ariana Fiol

Synopsis: My film " Isolation"  was made from the perspective of a person in the grip of depression. I wanted to show how depression acts to isolate people, and shrink their world. I attempted to show how difficult it can be for people suffering from depression to make connections with others.

Bio: I am 14 years old, and I was born in St. Petersburg, Florida.  I had a difficult and painful early life. I am in high school, and I hope to attend USC to study film or astronomy when I graduate.

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360 AFRICAN STORYTELLING: LET THIS BE A WARNING

USA | 2017 | 10:43 minutes | Jim ChuChu/The Nest Collective (Kenya)

Synopsis
: A group of Africans have left the Earth to create a colony on a distant planet. They respond with disquiet to the arrival of an uninvited guest.
Filmmakers note: Let This Be A Warning was a response to the idea of 'black worlds', and how accessible they have always been to outside parties both in fiction and reality. In this piece, we posit a black world in which access is not a given.

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360 AFRICAN STORYTELLING: THE OTHER DAKAR

Senegal | 2016 | 7:35 minutes | Selly Raby Kane

Synopsis: A little girl is chosen to discover the invisible Dakar.

Filmmakers note: “The Other Dakar” was made with these two ingredients: accident and pro-action with the underlying aim to contribute to the rebrand of an understated city. For herself, Africa and the world. Art and technology are strategic assets to transform the daily Dakar experience. Combined with design and mythology, they become central to revive a sense of community in the urban Dakar.

“The Other Dakar” is a manifesto in a sense, it is for me a way to reconnect the urban space with its mythology and to use design and creativity as a platform for the invisible Dakar to express her uniqueness. In a time where materialism occupies the mainstream, there is a need to re-invest imaginary spaces and use them as a fertile soil for the necessary adjustments we need to implement as a country facing several cultural and political changes.

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360 MUSIC VIDEO: UNLIKELY PLACES

USA | 2016 | 4:11 minutes | Nathaniel Luke Pinzon & Kim Voynar

Featuring: Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow & Frankie Siragusa

Shot in 2016 at Theory Labs in Los Angeles and world premiered May 2018 upon the kick-off of the band’s 30th Anniversary World Tour, this 360 music video for Seattle indie music icons The Posies explores grief and loss abstractly through music, words, and layers of imagery that evoke the sense of wandering through intersecting memories of love and loss.

360 ABSTRACT ARTWORK: SPACE X GIRL

Korea | 2017 | 9:06 minutes | Minhyuk Che
(WARNINGS: Motion)

Synopsis: “Space x Girl” is story about a girl and her space. The girl has a unique sense of feeling the emotion of the space. One day her home invites her into strange and familiar rooms that remind her nostalgias.

360 EXPERIMENTAL NARRATIVE: THE VISIGOTHS

USA | 2017 | 15:00 minutes | Rory Mitchell

Synopsis: The Visigoths is an intense romantic drama that puts you feet away from a young couple falling in love. It is a powerfully intimate experience of the fragility and hope of new love, bringing you onto the island that two lovers create for themselves, where only they can go - because only they know the way.