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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

A VR and Immersive Storytelling Showcase, September 22-23 at the LA Film Festival

"Immersive storytelling is venturing into exciting new territory with adventurous mixed reality, social interactivity, guided motion and haptics, all of which LA audiences will be able to experience for free at The Portal." - Jacqueline Lyanga, Guest Director VR & Immersive Storytelling at the Los Angeles Film Festival. For the first time ever, the LA Film Festival will have its own VR and immersive storytelling program, showcasing exciting new animated, documentary and fictional narratives originally presented at virtual reality exhibitions from around the world.

The medium of film is only about 140 years-old. It took about 45 years before the evolution of sound. The next advancement was color in the 1930s, then widescreen in the 50s. 3D was developed around the same time. Some 20 years later sound was improved upon with THX, Dolby and whatever the latest technology may be. But the fact is that the presentation of visual storytelling hasn't changed from projecting light through or upon something during the last century and a half. That is until now. The industry is in the midst of a game-changing leap forward with the advent of virtual reality (VR). The immersive storytelling landscape has opened a world of opportunities for tech-friendly consumers and content creators.

The mix of cutting-edge AR, VR and MR pieces from top creators includes nonfiction and non-narrative experiences in 360, room-scale VR, interactive works. These installations incorporate touch and user motion. The experience is such an exciting new way to present storytelling that VR is now attracting the talents of the top names in the entertainment industry. People such as Rosario Dawson, Brie Larson, Diego Luna, Ian McShane, Alicia Vikander and Oprah Winfrey. This program provides ample opportunity for audiences to immerse themselves in the media like never before.

This special event runs September 22-23 at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television at the brand-new LMU campuses in Playa Vista, CA. Tickets are available online for 90-minute time slots. The best part is it’s free to the general public. Don't miss this opportunity to step into a new visual storytelling experience at The Portal, LA Film Festival's inaugural showcase of immersive storytelling from visionary creators working in Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR). Again, the event is free, including LA Film Festival pass holders (no RSVP required). There will be a pass holder check-in desk at the venue. Select your event time.

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