From Film to Headset - An Interactive Panel // July 11th 2016 NYC

I'm very excited to announce the VR panel I am organizing and will moderate for Film Fatales Shorts and MINY Media Center by IFP is happening this Monday July 11th. We have amazing panelists and it is going to be truly interactive since we will open it up to questions from the start.



From Film to Headset - An Interactive Panel

Monday, July 11th at 7:00pm

Join us for an engaging and informative discussion with some highlight women & men currently working in the field of VR. Panelists will share how they successfully made the leap, dive into their creative process, the biggest challenges they face, how their past work informs their current work, but most importantly they will answer any questions you have - we are calling it an Interactive Panel for a reason. So come prepared with your questions!  

Lilian Mehrel
Adrian Vasquez de Velasco
Catherine Rehwinkel
Javier Molina
Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Skye Von (moderator)

Panel: 7:00pm - 8.30pm
Reception: 8.30pm - 10pm

NY Media Center
30 John St
Brooklyn, NY 11201



About the Panelists: 

Lilian Mehrel creates films and virtual reality with a fresh sense of humor and visual poetry. Her virtual reality film Haunt premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, in the Interactive Playground. As a narrative writer-director, Lilian's stories are rooted in surprise moments of human connection. She was born to a Kurdish-Iranian mother and German-Jewish father, sparking her life-long experience of multiple worlds. From Miami public school, she went to Dartmouth College, where she wrote and illustrated a 226-page family memoir as a Senior Fellow. With a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, she is an MFA candidate at NYU Tisch's Graduate Film. Her film awards include ABC/Disney, Alfred P. Sloan, the Science & Entertainment Exchange, and the Nancy Malone Directing Award.

Adrian Vásquez de Velasco is a film director based in NYC and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His work has been screened at the Warsaw Film Festival, the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, and the World Sustainability Forum in Brazil. He currently works at Ticklish Subjects and Phraxos Films.

Catherine Rehwinkel is a a narrative theorist, filmmaker, and recent graduate of NYU ITP with a background in commercial production and feature development. She focuses her research and creative development around considering narrative as a cognitive system which exists outside individual minds.  Her driving curiosity is to ask what we are capable of understanding about reality by piecing together chunks of selectively framed motion data.  Can mapping the computational to concepts and techniques of human-centric narrative help us to understand how to create artificial minds? 

Javier Molina is an engineer, actor and media artist based in NYC, working with Virtual Reality, Motion Capture, Performance Art and Experimental Film. He is a professor teaching motion capture with performance art and the director of the VR Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in MAGNET, a facility researching live performance and social virtual reality.

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is the co-founder of the “Stupid Hackathon.” She is currently the Director of the DBRS Innovation Lab where beautiful things are made with Big Data and an Artist in Residence (Tech) at Pioneer Works. She also is the Chief Advisor for a new MoCap / VR Non-Profit space in New Rochelle opening January 2017. In the past she was an Assistant Professor of Film and Performance Art at Vanderbilt University (2008-2012). In 2014 her video artwork was included in the 2014 Storytelling: La Biennale d’Art Contemporain Autochtone, 2e édition (Art Biennale of Contemporary Native Art) at Art Mur (Montreal, Canada). She performed as part of the 2012 Gwangju Biennial and created an interactive portion of The Exchange Archive at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2013.

About the Moderator:

Skye Von is a director, writer and VR creator based in NYC. Starting in theater back in London many eons ago, she feels like she has come full circle to be telling story again in a 3-dimensional space. Currently she is working on the VR experience Falling Out of Love, which is reimagining the music video for the band Aloud. Skye was selected as the 2016’s IFP/Indiegogo Fellow at the NY Media Center for this very project with her team. She contributes to such publication as UploadVR and Hammer&Tusk on emerging trends in Virtual and Augmented Reality.



News news and more news about Fool VR!!!

Dear Current and Future Supporters of our awesome Indiegogo Campaign,

Pull up a chair and get comfy because, wow, do we have a lot to report!

First off — some great coverage for our campaign came out this past week in The Deli MagazineOurStage, and Music Box Pete.  "Falling Out of Love" made its radio debut last night on Boston Emissions.  

Of course if you're a current backer, you already had heard about it as part of our last update. Being special is fun, right? (Spoiler alert: it is!)

Secondly: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! <Clears throat> Today is a very special day. It's Jen de la Osa's birthday! To celebrate, we've released a new perk: 

Devil May Karaoke

If you are already a fan, how many times have you seen Aloud perform live and said to yourself, "What? That doesn't look so hard. I can do that. And better." Or if you have never heard of Aloud, how many times have you said the same about another band. Well, at long last, it's your time to shine. Aloud Karaoke includes 10 videos (in digital format) to sing along to, complete with lyrics and awe-inspiring vistas. Includes everything from FOOL FOR VR perk. Now you can be the rockstar you always knew you are!

Lastly, May 5th. Cinco de Mayo.  What're you up to? Those of you lucky enough to be in Boston should make your way to the Verb Hotel that night to see Aloud headline a show and VR event.  We'll be giving away a Samsung Gear Headset during the show, too. Feeling lucky? Or maybe feeling unlucky but realizing luck is unimportant when it comes to the sweet sounds of rock & roll? Either way, hope to see you on Friday!

Thanks for your continued support of this project. We've got even more stuff for you on the way. In the meantime, let's make sure Jen has an amazing birthday by telling the world about the exciting new project she's part of! And for those who haven't yet join us in revolutionizing the music video experience, back @Fool_VR on Indiegogo today! 


Until next time!