KALEIDOSCOPE ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR SHOWCASE VOL. 2, A QUARTERLY EVENT SERIES IN ELEVEN CITIES AROUND THE WORLD.
March 18 - April 27, 2017
Tickets available for purchase at KaleidoscopeVR.eventbrite.com
San Francisco, CA // 03.02.17 – Kaleidoscope today announced the Official Selection of projects for Showcase Vol. 2, a quarterly event series featuring the best new work from VR creators around the world. On the heels of Kaleidoscope's successful Showcase Vol. 1 which launched in London, New York, Berlin, Los Angeles, Leipzig, Portland, Seoul, and San Francisco, Showcase Vol. 2 will return with four additional cities of Paris, Kyiv, Hong Kong, and Sydney.
The Kaleidoscope Showcase Vol. 2 includes a diverse selection of over 20 innovative and thought provoking experiences. Our lineup features Within’s groundbreaking Life of Us, created by Aaron Koblin and Chris Milk, with music by Pharrell Williams. Life of Us is a Within Original, produced by Chris Milk, Megan Ellison through her Annapurna pictures and Made with Unity. In addition, we will be showcasing, Arnaud Colinart's Kinoscope which takes you on a whirlwind tour of cinema history, Gabriela Arp's powerful Traces, and the World Premieres of Tender Claws’ dystopian comedic masterpiece Virtual, Virtual Reality and Quba Michalski's visually stunning Ex/Static, as well as special presentations of our favorite projects from Sundance including Tyler Hurd's latest creation Chocolate, Lily Baldwin and Sashka Unseld's haunting Through You, Oculus Story Studio's Dear Angelica, the tripnotic Crystal Vibes, and the always entertaining Mindshow. Showcase events will also include live presentations from top VR creators.
"The quality of work in the Volume 2 Showcase is remarkable and proves virtual reality is quickly evolving into a legitimate art form," said Kaleidoscope co-founder Selena Pinnell. "We are thrilled to feature new projects from new creators, and to highlight the groundbreaking work of local pioneers in each city. And finally, we are thankful to our amazing Community Directors who invest their time and energy into organizing these Showcase events and fostering each city's community of VR Creators."
Inspired by initiatives like TEDx that empower local innovators, Kaleidoscope's quarterly event series is run entirely by a network of local community leaders. After interviewing nearly a hundred applicants, Kaleidoscope selected Community Directors for San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, London, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris, Seoul, São Paulo, Kyiv, Hong Kong, Santiago, Stockholm, with more cities launching each quarter. This talented and dedicated group of innovators are responsible for organizing events, discovering and promoting local VR Creators, and growing the community of artists and engineers who use virtual reality to tell stories, express ideas, and explore the human experience.
Kaleidoscope was founded in May 2015 by designers René & Selena Pinnell. Joined by producer Jill Klekas, the startup’s mission is to give VR creators the exposure and support they need to do great work. Kaleidoscope showcases finished projects, helps secure funding for future projects, and host events around the world that explore the art, science, and business of virtual reality.
In 2015 Kaleidoscope produced the first Virtual Reality Film Festival earning coverage in top publications such as The New York Times, LA Times, and VICE. Partnering with Wired magazine, Kaleidoscope has since produced more than 20 high-profile events, in 5 continents, for over 10,000 attendees. Projects discovered by Kaleidoscope routinely go on to screen at major festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes, and the artists in our community are widely recognized as some of the most innovative voices in virtual reality today.
For further information and to purchase tickets please visit: kaleidovr.com/2017-showcase-vol-2
OFFICIAL SELECTION FOR VOLUME 02
DIR. DANIELA PAREDES | OLUWASEYI SOSANYA | DANIEL THOMAS
UK | 20 Mins | Interactive Experience
Gravity Sketch is an intuitive 3D creation tool. Users can create amazing 3D models, scenes, and art work in a fun and intuitive way!
DIR. JOEL OGDEN & CHUCK TSUNG-HAN LEE
USA | 20 Mins | Interactive Experience
You are Agent Zero. Your mission: assassinate Benjamin Miller, a radical who broke into CIA facilities and stole top secret chemical weapons research.
DIR. TENDER CLAWS
USA | 2 Hours| Interactive Experience
Virtual, Virtual Reality is a comedy, satire in collaboration with Daydream VR. It reflects on today’s sci-fi tropes, the technological singularity and VR itself.
DIR. ALI ESLAMI
Iran | 9 Mins | Interactive Documentary
The DeathTolls Experience aims to resensitize the viewer to the reality behind the abstract statistics of the hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Middle East.
DIR. ERFAN SAADATI, TOBY COFFEY & RUFUS NORRIS
France•UK | 12 Mins | Live-Action Documentary
Home | Aamir is a immersive verbatim documentary. Sule Rimi plays the voice of Aamir from his interview with one of the Directors. All words, sentences and context are Aamir's own.
DIR. HARU JI & GRAHAM WAKEFIELD
Canada | 5 Mins | Real-Time Interactive
Endless Current is an alien universe; an artificial nature. It plunges you into a micro-world akin to the inside of a biological cell, or perhaps flings you to the outer corners of the universe.
DIR. SOPHIE ANSEL
USA | Mexico | Australia | 10 Mins | Live-Action Documentary
Out of the Blue is the inspiring story of the legacy inherited by the children of Cabo Pulmo. Once described by Jacques Cousteau as the Aquarium of the World, years of overfishing killed the reef and pushed its inhabitants to the brink of extinction.
DIR. QUBA MICHALSKI
USA•POLAND | 3 Mins | 360 VR Animation
Combining elements of theatrical stage design, light art, installation, and Quba Michalski's unique vision for VR spaces, this short film is a surreal journey through his thoughts on art, society, culture and technology.
DIR. DARREN EMERSON
UK | 14 Mins | Live-Action Documentary
Concealed behind 20ft prison walls, on the hem of cities, thousands of people are being held with no time limit. In this psychological pressure cooker people are desperately trying to prove why they should be allowed to stay in the UK.
DIR. MICHAEL BEETS
Australia | 8 Mins | 360 VR Video
Every Friday afternoon, an African Australian man can be found in the middle of Melbourne's busiest intersection, standing silently, and challenging the beliefs of each of us passing by. 'Jafri' is a VR documentary that explores the man behind these signs.
DIR. PIERRE ZANDROWICZ & ANTOINE CAYROL
France | 14 Mins | Live-Action / Animation
In early 2005, David Hanson, an American robotics, is developing its first android human. Through the memories of the android and those of the author, the film offers an interpretation of Phil’s life.
DIR. BENJAMIN OUTRAM
Japan | 4 Mins | Experimental
Crystal Vibes utilizes the cutting edge of spatial 3D audio and sound visualization that maps sound and light based on the science of the human senses, to push the frontiers of technology-mediated sensory experience in virtual reality.
DIR. ARNAUD COLINART
FR | 9 Mins | 360 VR Animation
Kinoscope is a VR experience immersing the spectator into a lively and colorful universe to discover the history of cinema.
DIR. ALEX MEADER & CONNOR HAIR
USA | 11 Mins | 360 VR Video
My Brother’s Keeper is a Civil War-inspired narrative that pushes the boundaries of immersive storytelling while remaining anchored in historical fact.
DIR. LILY BALDWIN & SASCHKA UNSELD
USA | 14 Mins | 360 Live Action
Through You is an athletically vibrant and sensual exploration of love across a lifetime. Through combining Lily & Saschka's different backgrounds they are able to push the boundaries of what's currently thought possible in dance and VR.
DIR. AARON KOBLIN & CHRIS MILK
USA | 8 Mins | Real-Time Interactive
Experience a shared VR journey telling the complete story of the evolution of life on Earth. LIFE OF US is one of the first narrative VR experiences to place multiple people inside of a shared virtual space.
DIR. SARA KOLSTER
The Netherlands | 5 Mins | Real-Time Interactive
Out of Sight is a drawn Virtual Reality (VR) that takes you to the world of nine-year old Lena and her father.
CREATED BY JONNIE ROSS, GIL BARON, & MINDSHOW TEAM
You can watch amazing VR, or you can make your own! Mindshow is a remarkably easy-to-use app that spreads the love and thrill of this exciting medium by enabling you to make virtual reality cartoons with your own body and voice.
DIR. TYLER HURD
USA | 4 Mins | Real-Time Animation
Cats, champagne and joy overflows in Chocolate, a psychedelic VR Music video experience set in a chrome cat-centric world, for the song Chocolate by Giraffage. By acclaimed VR creator Tyler Hurd. Presented by Viacom NEXT.
DIR. SASCHKA UNSELD
USA | 14 Mins | Real-Time Animation
ear Angelica is a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember lost ones and, even though they are gone, what remains of the ones we loved.
DIR. GABRIELA ARP
USA | 8 Mins | Live Action 360
Traces is a virtual reality film that explores the memories of Willie White, an 88-year old woman living with dementia, as she recounts her time as a young girl living in the fields of Mason, Tennessee.