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French Immersive Cinema at the Chicago International Film Festival

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Virtual Reality is taking hold as a revolutionary new mode of storytelling, but what kinds of styles and subjects are best suited for the new medium, and how do filmmakers navigate this exciting new field?

Come experience VR filmaking yourself! Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a panel discussion as well as selection of VR films. 


Panel Discussion

This special event, part of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival, features a discussion of the impacts of VR on the world of film. Panelists include Aaqib Usman, Fred Volhuer and Chip Sineni, all leaders in the Virtual Reality field. 

The panel discussion will be held on Friday, October 12 at 2:30pm at AMC River East 21 Theaters. 

For more information on the panel discussion, please visit the Industry Days webpage


Immersive Cinema

Virtual Reality is taking hold as a powerful new method of storytelling—engulfing viewers in worlds and human experiences in unique and transformative ways. Explore the world of Immersive Cinema through VR with special viewings as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. 

How to Sign Up: 

Go to VR Spot at AMC River East 21, 2nd floor
Sign up in person - limited seating is available 
First come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before viewing. 

General Hours of Operations:

Thursday: 3:00pm - 7:30pm
Friday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 7:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Selection of VR Films:



BattleScar
It’s 1978 New York City, and Lupe, a Puerto Rican-American girl (voiced by Rosario Dawson), meets Debbie, another runaway kid who exposes her to the rebellious punk music scene of the Lower East Side.


Dispatch
Unfolding in Ted’s imagination, Dispatch uniquely combines vector graphics and layered soundscapes—of terrified callers and Ted’s attempts to help—into an engrossing VR noir.


The Great C
Inspired by Philip K. Dick’s short story, this postapocalyptic animated fable imagines a world ruled over by an all-powerful A.I. known as “The Great C.”


Spheres Pale Blue Dot
Narrated by singer-songwriter Patti Smith, this cosmic journey takes viewers on a phantasmagoric trip into space and through time, all the while tracing the history of sound across the universe. 


Vestige
This absorbing study of grief enters the mind of Lisa Elin, a woman dealing with the death of her husband, Erik. Digital fragments of their happy life together appear inside a void and eventually become entangled with haunting visions of her loss.

Supported by the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

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