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Convergence

An array of immersive experiences that redefine the idea of cinematic storytelling.

Experiences & Installations

Free and open to the public! Check back for schedule and information about how to access these events.

Cardboard City

  • Kiira Benzing, Stina Hamlin
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 3 minutes

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

The stories of a community of artists forced out of their Gowanus studios due to skyrocketing rents and runaway development provide jumping-off points for viewers to become creators and add buildings, memories, and stories to an ever evolving cityscape.

On view in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 1 and 2.

EKO

  • Sandeep Parikh, Casey Donahue, Daniel Scheinert & Billy Chew, Lawrence Chen
  • 2016
  • USA

Interactive Video Installation

Audiences can experience four interactive shorts built on EKO, a new video platform that responds to the viewer’s input and which may finally have balanced the scales of technical achievement and quality story.

On view in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 1 and 2.

Giant

  • Milica Zec, Winslow Turner Porter III
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 10 minutes

Virtual Reality

Transported to a basement shelter in an active war zone, we watch—and listen—as parents try to distract their daughter from the thunder of bombs. This is more than a film rendered in 360 degrees; it’s a testament to the power of this nascent form of storytelling.

On view in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 1 and 2.

Late Shift

  • Baptiste Planche, Tobias Weber
  • 2016
  • Switzerland
  • 80 minutes

Audience-Directed Narrative Feature

Gameplay and feature films collide in Late Shift. When a parking attendant is forced to take part in a brazen heist, the audience controls the progress of his story via an app, creating a dynamic interactive experience.

Lives in Transit

  • Global Lives Project
  • 2015/2016
  • USA

Video Installation

The large-scale video installation Lives in Transit chronicles 24 hours in the lives of ten transportation workers from around the world: drivers of boats, buses, trains, motorcycles, cars and horse carts; a traveling circus performer; and a collector of a rare aphrodisiac fungus.

On view in the Walter Reade Theater's Furman Gallery throughout the festival.

Oceans VR: Net Positive

  • The Economist, Object Normal
  • 2016
  • USA/UK

Virtual Reality

Oceans VR: Net Positive makes the case for limiting fishing on the high seas, giving you a new perspective on this serious issue by putting you directly in the line of action—navigating the ocean as both fish and fisherman.

On view in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 1 and 2.

Policing Flint

  • Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper
  • 2016
  • USA

Virtual Reality • World Premiere

Audiences are offered a window into the world of how the men and women of the Flint PD approach their work.

On view in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 1 and 2.

Priya’s Mirror

  • Ram Devineni, Dan Goldman, Paromita Vohra, Shubhra Prakash, Monica Singh
  • 2016
  • USA/India

Augmented Reality Installation • World Premiere

In the world premiere of the second volume of the acclaimed Indian series fusing comic books and augmented reality, Priya continues to shatter the taboos of gender-based violence while empowering us to be the change we want to see in the world.

On view in the Walter Reade Theater's Furman Gallery throughout the festival.

Ricerca VR

  • Yo-Yo Lin, Will Cherry, Steve Dabal, Elle Callahan, Michael Matchen
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 15 minutes

Virtual Reality

A man searches his memories for something lost, traversing a lush world of 2D and stop motion animation in this stunning piece of storytelling. Originally presented as a large-scale video installation, the reimagined piece employs virtual reality to extend its life beyond the gallery space.

On view in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 1 and 2.

Sherlock Holmes & The Internet of Things 2016

  • Lance Weiler, Nick Fortugno
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 75 minutes

Immersive Storytelling Experience

Returning for its second year, this hyper-collaborative project fuses the work of storytellers and technologists from 20 countries to create a singular storytelling experience. Assume the role of the world’s most famous detective to solve a string of crimes across the Lincoln Center campus.

This experience will take place three times on October 1. Participants should meet in the lobby of the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at 1:00pm, 2:30pm, or 4:00pm.

Soundhunters

  • François Le Gall, Nicolas Blies, Marion Guth, Stéphane Hueber-Blies, Beryl Klotz
  • 2015
  • Luxembourg/France

Immersive Storytelling Experience

Long before Lawrence Lessig, Austin Kleon, and Malcolm Gladwell each dubbed this the Age of the Remix, T. S. Eliot wrote, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.” In this immersive experience, the audience makes music by recording and remixing the sounds of the world around them.

On view in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 1 and 2.

Special Talks

Special Talks will be $15 for General Public and $10 for Film Society Members and Students. A discount package will be available.

ILMxLAB

  • 60 minutes
Fusing the talents of Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, and Skywalker Sound, ILMxLAB was founded to push the boundaries of visual storytelling. Hilmar Koch and Nick Rasmussen will share some of their personal discoveries and reflect on the promise and perils of working on the frontiers of storytelling.

The Psychology of Storytelling: Lindsay Doran

  • 75 minutes
Oscar-nominated producer and studio executive Lindsay Doran brings more than 30 years of experience in the movie business to bear on this examination of what the field of Positive Psychology can teach us about writing a satisfying movie.

The State of the (Interactive) Art

  • 60 minutes
Five years after the establishment of StoryCode and NYFF Convergence, StoryCode cofounder Mike Knowlton and a panel of key players from the New York interactive scene—game designers, immersive theater directors, virtual reality producers, and interactive filmmakers—reflect on where we’ve been and imagine where we’re headed.

Traveling While Black

  • Roger Ross Williams, Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, Lina Srivastava, Yasmin Elayat
  • 75 minutes

Special Preview Event

This suite of experiences provides a contemporary exploration of the issues related to the restricted movement of African Americans in our country.

Meet the Makers Sessions

Meet the Makers: Late Shift

  • Baptiste Planche, Tobias Weber
  • 45 minutes
Is the future of feature filmmaking fully interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style storytelling? The creators of Late Shift and CtrlMovie, the interactive film format powering the project, will explore the challenges inherent in creating audience-directed interactive films.

Meet the Makers: Lives in Transit

  • Global Lives Project
  • 90 minutes
Lives in Transit chronicles 24 hours in the lives of transportation workers from around the world. Join us for a screening of shorts about drivers of boats, buses, trains, motorcycles, cars and horse carts; a traveling circus performer; and a collector of a rare aphrodisiac fungus. A panel of the films’ directors will speak about their experiences collaborating to make this series possible.

Meet the Makers: Priya’s Mirror

  • Ram Devineni, Dan Goldman, Monica Singh
  • 60 minutes
Ram Devineni and Dan Goldman, co-creators of the hugely popular augmented reality comic book series Priya, present the next installment, titled Priya’s Mirror, which concerns acid attacks. Joining Devineni and Goldman is Monica Singh, who shares her resilient story about surviving a brutal acid attack and later becoming UN Women’s Global Youth Champion.

Meet the Makers: Sherlock Holmes & The Internet of Things

  • Lance Weiler, Nick Fortugno
  • 60 minutes
Two years in development, Sherlock Holmes & The Internet of Things spans the globe with events in dozens of cities powered by over two thousand collaborators actively contributing to this “copyleft” experiment. Lead collaborators Weiler and Fortugno will comment on the state of the project and reflect on what their experiences tell us about the future of shared stories.

Meet the Makers: Soundhunters

  • François Le Gall, Nicolas Blies
  • 60 minutes
Join the creators of the Sound Hunters App—a tool that allows people to record and tag sounds via their mobile devices, sample, and remix them into their own unique musical compositions—for an in-depth look at this multifaceted, international transmedia experience.