Come and visit the SUFF VR HUB during the festival to experience 360 videos and VR experiences. The screening program will focus on experimental VR narrative and documentary works and includes works by two Australian artists / filmmakers.
Director: Sutu Campbell, Australia (2019)
Step into a digital Dreamtime envisioned by four young Aboriginal Australians.
Director: Greg Ferris, Australia (2018)
A 360 video drama that follows the intertwined lives of several characters as they interact over the course of an evening.
See below for more information about these VR works plus others that will be available in the VR Hub.
The VR Hub will be open on SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER from 12PM-3PM & 4PM-7PM and on SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER from 12PM-3PM and 4PM-7PM. The VR Hub will be operating on a drop-in basis. Join the queue and see a work. If you want to see another work, re-join the queue. We anticipate less demand for the 12-3pm sessions, so come to SUFF early and check out these VR projects!
WARNING: Users should be aware that in rare cases, participation in these experiences and using this technology may involve some risks, including (but not limited to): nausea, dizziness, disorientation, visual abnormalities, injury or other discomfort.
Sutu Campbell | Australia (2019) | 13 MIN
Future Dreaming was inspired by the ancient Australian Aboriginal practice of Dreamtime, a mental visualisation technique where you see your spirit move through the past, present or future. The project began with a question… "What does your future look like… one week from now?”
And then it grew… “5 years from now? … and 20 years from now?” "Could you be the first Australian Aboriginal astronaut?" "Sure!"
Over the course of a few months Roebourne (Pilbara) teens Ali Lockyer, Maverick Eaton, Nelson and Maxie Coppin, collaborated with VR artist Sutu to design their Future Dreaming in the limitless creation space of Virtual Reality using Google Tilt Brush. Once their worlds were designed, they employed motion capture technology to animate their avatars to tell their story and guide visitors through their creation. This was part of the Yijala Yala Project run by Australian social justice organisation Big hArt.future dreaming
Greg Ferris | Australia (2019) | 13 MIN
“...a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibres, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects…”
Sympathetic threads is a drama that follows the lives of a number of characters as they interact over the course of an evening. It combines live action, animation, a spatialised soundtrack, that envelope and immerses the viewer in the lives of these characters and their interconnectedness. The narrative structure is partially inspired by the multi-narrative dramas of director Robert Altman.
Featuring Anni Finsterer (Sweet Country), Mandela Mathia (Kill Off), Noah Wiseman (The Babadook) and introducing Jack Walton and Nadia Zwecker.
6x9: A virtual experience of solitary confinement
THE GUARDIAN | UK (2016) | 9 MIN
What’s it like to spend 23 hours a day in a cell measuring 6x9 feet for days, weeks, months or even years? 6x9
is the Guardian's first virtual reality experience, which places you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell and tells the story of the psychological damage that can ensue from isolation.6x9:a virtual experience of solitarY confinement
Robert Rodriguez | USA (2018) | 20 MIN
A 3D film by Robert Rodriguez, director of numerous films including budget classic El Mariachi (1992), Sin City (2005) and Machete (2010). Starring Michelle Rodriguez and Norman Reedus, The Limit is pure B grade action trash.thelimitvr.com
Travelling While Black
Roger Ross Williams | USA (2019) | 20 MIN
Traveling While Black is a cinematic VR experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.
The Green Book was a survival guide, first published in 1936, that African American travelers relied on to avoid brutal discrimination; it listed safe places that would fulfill their basic needs. In 1958, Ben and Virginia Ali’s new restaurant, Ben’s Chili Bowl, joined the list. This work invites viewers into Roger Ross Williams’s emotionally moving VR experience about race and restricted movement in America.
Zero Days VR
Yasmin Elayat | USA (2017) | 22 MIN
Based on the feature-length documentary Zero Days Directed by Alex Gibney, Zero Days VR introduces a new dimension to the original feature by telling the story from a perspective that wasn’t possible before the emergence of virtual reality. The Zero Days VR experience visualizes the story of Stuxnet in a new way: audiences will be placed inside the invisible world of computer viruses experiencing the high stakes of cyber warfare at a human scale.zerodaysvr.com
GRASSROOTS FILM HUB PARTNERS
09:30 Am - 11:30 Am
Saturday 17th September