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In a special “double feature,” May's StoryForum will feature presentation from two of the most exciting immersive projects available today: Guidestones and Sleep No More.
Director Jay Ferguson will take the stage to discuss his innovative imerssive project, Guidestones. Guidestones is a 50-episode (total running time: 120 minutes) interactive web series that takes viewers deep inside the mystery of The Georgia Guidestones, an enigmatic monument nestled in a farmer’s field in rural Georgia, and inscribed with directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse. Guidestones uses elements of transmedia and ARG (alternative reality game) storytelling to take viewers on a thrilling chase that crosses two continents and three countries in search of the truth. Although constructed as a linear story, Guidestones is presented in a new and highly original format designed specifically for online audiences.
Next, Pete Higgin from the innovative site-specific theatrical production company PunchDrunk will present an overview of his company and their award winning production Sleep No More—an immersive theatre installation that takes place in the McKittrick Hotel. Sleep No More won the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and won PunchDrunk special citations at the 2011 Obie Awards for design and choreography. The show has received positive reviews in numerous publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New York Post, and Time Out New York, as well as a critical essay in The New Yorker and the cover article of the August 2011 Vanity Fair.
Hosted in partnership with StoryCode, New York’s leading transmedia gathering, StoryForum is a free monthly meeting of artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, advertisers, and storytellers of all stripes. Featuring presentations from industry leaders as well as up-and-coming talents, StoryForum is a place for audiences and artists to interact and get a taste of some of the most exciting immersive media projects in development today.