Tribeca Film Festival 2019: VR, AR and all the techy films and talks

CNET | 4/25/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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So you couldn't care less about virtual reality? No problem -- the creators in the Tribeca Film Festival's Immersive program are hacking together new ways to make you care about something.

"A lot of creators are making strides in establishing ways to really, really distinguish this form of storytelling from others," Loren Hammonds, the senior programmer for the Immersive program at Tribeca, said in an interview.

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The Tribeca Film Festival, which kicked off in New York Wednesday night, unveils its VR-heavy Immersive program to the public Friday. It's the center of all things tech at Tribeca, which will also grabble with tech on panel discussions and TV and film screenings.

VR needs something to bring people closer. Years after virtual reality reemerged as one of tech buzziest trends, even its most ardent advocates now concede VR's hype failed to materialize in broad consumer interest. With the masses averse to the unfamiliar format that straps awkward headsets to your face, immersive storytellers have been shifting their focus on new tactics and formats that may pave the way to popular appeal.

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"Because the headsets haven't necessarily been adopted as we've hoped, everything having to do with location-based entertainment has really started to level up," Hammonds said. "This is making the creators think in a different way about some of their work and how they're interested in exhibiting it."

Whether it's amped-up interactivity in VR that makes you a central character, or site-specific experiences with social elements threaded through them -- or even new immersive tech with no headset required -- many of the pieces selected for this year's immersive program at Tribeca aim to ratchet up your personal stake in the story. If past experiences experimenting in this concept are any guide, Tribeca Immersive may nudge you to consider how your virtual choices could...
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