Virtual Reality Highlights from the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Four selections that run the stylistic, technical and narrative gamut of VR films today

Only the prestigious Venice International Film Festival would dedicate an island to virtual reality programming. This year, Lazzaretto Vecchio (otherwise known as VR Island) once again hosts Venice Virtual Reality—which, upon launch in 2017, was the world’s first-ever international film festival VR competition. Last year’s 75th annual festival presented a milestone VR slate. For 76th event, the division’s co-curators Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac selected …

Tribeca Film Festival 2017: Highlights

Embracing, excelling beyond and avoiding traditional cinema at this year's event

In its 16th year, NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival now comprises thousands of screenings, multiple venues, cross-disciplinary works and so much more to be excited about—whether or not cinema is your primary passion. What began as an attempt to revitalize the TriBeCa neighborhood post-9/11 has expanded into one of the city’s most important creative endeavors. Founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro have built a platform …

The Virtual Reality Works of United Nations Creative Director, Gabo Arora

Immersive shorts and a dedicated app from a filmmaker holding an uncommon position

One might not be aware of the fact that the United Nations has a Creative Director. And yet, Gabo Arora, the first person to hold such a title, is doing everything in his power to change that. From immersive, film-festival quality content to a dedicated app employing virtual reality functionality, Arora’s contributions have already made a creative impact—and a financial one, as well. Arora has …