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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

 

WE'RE TESTING 3D 360 VR VIDEOS ON THE WEB!


BETA TESTING
3D 360 VR VIDEOS ON WEBVR

Our first group of videos we call


INTERVUZE

3D 360 VR VIDEO
INTERVIEWS
SHOT WITH THE VUZE CAMERA

More videos, including a new VR narrative short video are coming...  here to webVR!


We've been developing a webVR site to display 3D 360 VR videosThis is a BETA! (maybe even alpha and a half). 

3D 360 - These videos  should work in 3D 360 using the Oculus or Samsung browser on Oculus Go. (They will not work using the Firefox Reality browser). It may require a click with the TRACKPAD (and possibly the trigger) and a refresh to start playing. 

2D 360 - They will most likely work as 2D 360 videos with Chrome or Firefox on a desktop.  They may not work using Edge. 


(Yes, webVR is still inconsistent and hard to use, 
but it will be GREAT! when it matures.)


FILM:
Here's a BETA! version of my{*} HIFF 2017 interview with Alison Chernick, director of last year's terrific opening night film ITZHAK! in 3D 360 VR on BETA! webVR


3D 360 VR INTERVIEW FROM HIFF 2017 WITH ALISON CHERNICK


THEATER:
Here's a BETA! version of my 2018 interview with Gene Fisch, Jr,  director of the New York New Works Theatre Festival on BETA! webVR

3D 360 VR INTERVIEW FROM NY NW TF 2018 WITH GENE FISCH, JR


THEATER:
Here's a BETA! version of my 2018 interview with Emily Penicka panelist and the director of a show at the New York New Works Theatre Festival on BETA! webVR

3D 360 VR INTERVIEW FROM NY NW TF 2018 WITH EMILY PENICK


XR TECH:
Here's a BETA! version of my 2017 interview with Jim Malcolm, describing the VUZE camera, at the NYVR EXPO 2017 on BETA! webVR

3D 360 VR INTERVIEW FROM NYVR EXPO 2017 WITH JIM MALCOLM


{*}Note: in all these videos, "my" = Eric from QPORIT's.

All these INTERVUZE were shot live, "wild", on location, with the VUZE camera.







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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

 

HIFF 2018





HIFF
The 26th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival
October 4 - 8, 2018



OPENING NIGHT
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
Directed by Sara Colangelo (HIFF 2013 Lab participant!)
Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal

THE FAVOURITE
Friday Centerpiece

FIRST MAN
Saturday Centerpiece
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Sunday Centerpiece

CLOSING NIGHT
BOY ERASED
Directed by Joel Edgerton.
Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton


TALENT ATTENDING INCLUDES
Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, Matthew Broderick, Bill Camp, Kayli Carter,
 Damien Chazelle, Jamie Dornan, Emilio Estevez, Rupert Everett,
 Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Hedges, Matthew Heineman, Alessandro Nivola,
 Rosamund Pike, Cory Michael Scott, Josh Singer,
 Amandla Stenberg, George Tillman Jr., Dolly Wells & more…


The Hamptons International Film Festival is exciting every year! 

I've been developing a webVR site to display 3D 360 VR videos: Here's a BETA! version of my HIFF 2017 interview with Alison Chernick, director of last year's terrific opening night film ITZHAK! in 3D 360 VR on BETA! webVR. This will most likely work in 3D 360 using the Oculus or Samsung browser on Oculus Go. (It will not work using the Firefox Reality browser). It will most likely work as a 2D 360 video with Chrome or Firefox on a desktop. It may require a "mouse" click or refresh to start playing.  It may not work using Edge. (Yes, webVR is still inconsistent and hard to use, but it will be GREAT! when it matures.)

3D 360 VR INTERVIEW FROM HIFF 2017 WITH ALISON CHERNICK



THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (HIFF)
PROGRAMS AND SECTIONS INCLUDE:
·       Competition sections:
o   Narrative;
o   Documentary;
·       Spotlight section;
·       World Cinema Narrative;
·       World Cinema Documentary;
·       Conflict & Resolution;
·       Views From Long Island;
·       Air, Land & Sea;
·       Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights; and
·       Shorts Programs.


ANTICIPATED FILMS INCLUDE:
·       Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE, starring Academy Award®-winning actresses Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and Golden Globe®-winning actress Olivia Colman, about two cousins fighting to be the court favorite of Queen Anne, which will serve as the Friday Centerpiece;
·       Marielle Heller’s CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? which will screen as the Sunday Centerpiece, a biopic based on the life of writer Lee Israel and starring Academy Award®-nominated actress Melissa McCarthy;
·       Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS, starring Academy Award®-winning actress Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities; and
·       The East Coast Premiere of Felix Van Groeningen’s (HIFF 2009 & 2013 alum) BEAUTIFUL BOY, starring Academy Award®-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet (one of last year’s “Breakthrough Artists!”) and Golden Globe®-nominated actor Steve Carell, adapted from father and son David and Nic Sheff’s best-selling memoirs about a son’s struggle with drug addiction that threatens to tear a family apart.


Narrative Competition Films include:
·       the New York Premiere of Yen Tan’s 1985;
·       the U.S. Premiere of Eva Trobisch’s ALL GOOD;
·       Ali Abbasi’s BORDER;
·       the U.S. Premiere of  Zsófia Szilágyi’s ONE DAY; and
·       Dominga Sotomayor’s TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG.


Documentary Competition Films include:
·       the World Premiere of Jesse Sweet’s CITY OF JOEL;
·       Alexis Bloom’s DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES;
·       the New York Premiere of Daniel Zimmerman’s WALDEN;
·       the East Coast Premiere of Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldon’s GHOST FLEET;
·       as well as the East Coast Premiere of THE LAST RACE from Michael Dweck, (also screening in the Views From Long Island Section).

"HIFF is proud to announce that the Competition slate consists of 50% female directors and 50% male directors. Overall, the festival’s full slate is 47% female directors.”


The Spotlight section will include:
·       the U.S. Premiere of BEN IS BACK, directed by Peter Hedges and starring Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts;
·       CAPERNAUM directed by Nadine Labaki;
·       TO DUST, directed by Shawn Snyder, starring Matthew Broderick, and produced by Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer;
·       the East Coast Premieres of
o   EVERYBODY KNOWS, directed by Asghar Farhadi and starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz;
o   GREEN BOOK, directed by Peter Farrelly;
o   A PRIVATE WAR, directed by Matthew Heineman and starring Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan;
o   THE PUBLIC, directed by Emilio Estevez;
·       ROMA, directed by Alfonso Cuarón; and
·       WILDLIFE, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Camp and directed by Paul Dano;
·       THE HAPPY PRINCE directed by and starring Rupert Everett; and
·       THE HATE U GIVE, directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Amandla Stenberg (part of the Breakthrough Artists Panel!), K.J. Apa, and Anthony Mackie.


The Views From Long Island section will include:
·       BLACK MOTHER, directed by Khalik Allah, about two different worlds on the island of Jamaica, through the lens of an intimate documentary portrait;
·       the East Coast Premiere of THE LAST RACE from Michael Dweck, (also screening in the Documentary Competition Section);
·       the World Premieres of
o   Emily Anderson’s short film ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING, set against the backdrop of an unforgiving Montauk winter; and
o   Ross Kauffman’s STILL PLAY WITH TRAINS, where John Scully reconstructs his idyllic 1950s childhood in the form of one of the world’s largest model train sets in his East Hampton basement.

  
The Air, Land & Sea program will present :
·       Academy Award®-nominated director Rory Kennedy’s ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW, a Discovery Channel documentary chronicling the history and exploration of America’s space force;
·       Nicolas Brown’s THE SERENGETI RULES, about five international scientists during the 1960s and their attempt to learn more about the planet; and
·       the U.S. Premiere of GRIT, directed by Sasha Friedlander and Cynthia Wade.


The Compassion, Justice, & Animal Rights program will include:
·       a World Premiere presentation of Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence’s THE CAT RESCUERS, about four activists in Brooklyn setting out to provide housing for the over one million cats abandoned in New York City alone; and
·       the East Coast Premiere of Richard Miron’s FOR THE BIRDS.


The Conflict & Resolution program will include:
·       Charles Ferguson’s WATERGATE, examining the Watergate scandal from new interviews and subjects from all sides of the investigation;
·       Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, about six individuals looking to bring those responsible for Spain’s 40-year dictatorship to justice;
·       the New York Premieres of
o   Ísold Uggadóttir’s AND BREATHE NORMALLY;
o   Talal Derki’s OF FATHERS AND SONS, which provides a look at war-torn Syria through the eyes of a photojournalist posing as pro-jihadist; and
o    Chris Martin’s UNDER THE WIRE, about the final mission of war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy.


 In the World Cinema Narrative section the slate includes:
·       the U.S. Premiere of “I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS” directed by Radu Jude;
·       NON-FICTION, directed by Olivier Assayas;
·       PRIVATE LIFE, directed by Tamara Jenkins;
·       the World Premiere of ASK FOR JANE​ directed by Rachel Carey;
·       the U.S. Premieres of
o   LETO directed by Kirill Serebrennikov;
o   STYX​ directed by Wolfgang Fischer;
o   WOMEN AT WAR​ directed by Benedikt Erlingsson;
·       the New York Premieres of
o   BIRDS OF PASSAGE directed by Christina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Colombia’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®);
o   BURNING​ directed by Lee Chang-dong;
o   COLD WAR​ directed by Pawel Pawlikowski;
o   DEAD PIGS directed by Cathy Yan;
o   THE GUILTY​ directed by Gustav Möller;
o   HAPPY AS LAZZARO​, directed by Alice Rohrwacher (with her sister, Alba Rohrwacher, a Breakthrough Artist at HIFF several years ago, in the cast);
o   SHOPLIFTERS​ directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Japan’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar); and
o   WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY​ directed by Madeleine Olnek.


The World Cinema Documentary section includes:
·       Academy Award®-winning director Morgan Neville’s THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD;
·       the U.S. Premiere of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, directed by Tom Donahue;
·       MARIA BY CALLAS, directed by Tom Volf;
·       MONROVIA, INDIANA, directed by Frederick Wiseman;
·       TIME FOR ILHAN, directed by Norah Shapiro;
·       World Premieres of
o   HENRI DAUMAN: LOOKING UP, directed by Peter Jones, and
o   THE PANAMA PAPERS directed by Alex Winter;
·       the East Coast Premiere of MAKING THE GRADE, directed by Ken Wardrop;
·       the New York Premiere of THE TRUTH ABOUT KILLER ROBOTS, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin;
·       A MURDER IN MANSFIELD, directed by Barbara Kopple;
·       THE PROPOSAL, directed by Jill Magid;
·       ROLL RED ROLL, directed by Nancy Schwartzman; and
·       SHIRKERS, directed by Sandi Tan.

World Cinema Documentary is sponsored by Investigation Discovery.


Short film programs include:
·       Narrative and Documentary Short Film Competitions;
·       New York Women In Film and Television;
·       Women Calling the Shots;
·       Zoom! Shorts For All Ages;
·       University Short Films Showcase;
·       Let’s Go Crazy;
·       Never Going Back Again;
·       Please Don’t Tell;
·       and five short films that will play before features.


“A Conversation With…” will include conversations with…
·       Academy Award®-winning director Damien Chazelle, whose film FIRST MAN is the Saturday Centerpiece;
·       Emilio Estevez, whose film THE PUBLIC will screen in the Spotlight section; and
·       Academy Award®- and Golden Globe®-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars in the festival’s Opening Night film THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER.

All Conversation events will take place at Bay Street with Gyllenhaal on Friday, October 5th at 3:00PM, Estevez on Saturday, October 6th at 3:30PM, and Chazelle on Sunday, October 7th at 12:30PM.


A special screening: of Dava Whisenant’s BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, winner of the 2018 SummerDocs Audience Award, sponsored by Candescent Films.


Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall, morning conversations with special guests in East Hampton, presented by The Gary Winick Memorial Fund, include:
·       a #MeToo focused panel with the one-year anniversary of the global movement for change on Friday, October 5;
·       Breakthrough Artists panel with Kayli Carter, Cory Michael Smith and Amandla Stenberg on Saturday, October 6; and
·       a VR-focused panel bringing together project creators and virtual reality experts to examine what the future of VR means for the ways we interact with visual entertainment and the arts on Sunday, October 7. 

This series is presented by The Gary Winick Memorial Fund.


An immersive storytelling and VR experience, THE HIDDEN, a political thriller that literally drops you in the middle of a high-stakes game of cat and mouse without telling you who is hunting whom, will be available for audiences at Mulford Farm in the afternoons on October 5-8.

This program is presented with the support of the Organización Latinoamericana de Alcaldes (OLA).


The Narrative Jury will include:
·       Geralyn Dreyfous, Academy Award®-winning producer of BORN INTO BROTHELS, THE SQUARE and THE INVISIBLE WAR and founder of the Utah Film Center and co-founder of Impact Partners Film Fund;
·       Jamie Patricof, producer of THE AFTER PARTY, THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC and BLUE VALENTINE; and
·       Linus Sandgren, FSF, Academy Award®-winning Cinematographer who collaborated on films including FIRST LAND, LA LA LAND, JOY and AMERICAN HUSTLE. 


The Documentary Jury will include:
·       Rory Kennedy, Academy Award®-nominated director of films including ETHEL, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM and the upcoming ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW, screening at the festival; plus 
·       additional jurors to be announced.





The 26th annual Hamptons International Film Festival takes place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 4 – 8, 2018. 

The Hamptons International Film Festivalgreatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors and media partners, including premiere sponsors Audi and Out East, lead sponsors Delta Air Lines, Altour.” (So do we: without the sponsors HIFF could not be the same!)

For more information visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.
          




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Sunday, September 02, 2018

 

THE NEW YORK NEW WORKS THEATRE FESTIVAL 2018



THE NEW YORK NEW WORKS
THEATRE FESTIVAL 2018

SEPTEMBER 4 - 22

www.nynwtheatrefestival.com



The New York New Works Theatre Festival jump starts the fall theater season with a carefully curated collection of short plays (and teasers for full length productions), presented to and for the public and a collection of producers and theater professionals from Broadway and around the country. A Panel of Tony and Emmy winners, Broadway producers, and other experts selects the plays, provides guidance, mentors the productions and helps eminent writers and producers develop their plays.

The Festival was started several years ago by Gene Fisch Jr and some of his colleagues to help boost the short play festival process of boosting plays, playwrights, and producers to the next level of success.

Interview with Gene Fisch Jr:





(Note: this interview was filmed in 3D 360 Virtual Reality, using the Vuze VR Camera. It can be watched as a normal video on any device that gets YouTube: including computers, smart-phones, even TV's with a YouTube app.  In addition, it can be seen in 3D 360 VR with any VR headset [Cardboard, Oculus Go, Daydream, etc] with software that can access YouTube VR videos.)

Among the many interesting presentations is a reading of Moby Pomerance's play about the family that helped develop the Oxford English Dictionary,  a work that was in progress for about 75 years (roughly 1857-1933.), vastly improving the pioneering dictionaries of Samuel Johnson (1755) and earlier works since the 1500's and possibly even earlier. 

The reading is directed by Emily Penick, a director and choreagracter, from Seattle, who is also one of the Panelists.

Interview with Emily Penick






(Note: this interview was filmed in 3D 360 Virtual Reality, using the Vuze VR Camera. It can be watched as a normal video on any device that gets YouTube: including computers, smart-phones, even TV's with a YouTube app.  In addition, it can be seen in 3D 360 VR with any VR headset [Cardboard, Oculus Go, Daydream, etc] with software that can access YouTube VR videos.)

The Festival provides two presentations of the short plays. Then, on the final day, Sat Sep 22, there will be an evening of the Panel's selection of their favorite plays. There are also two special staged reading events. 



Here is the 2018 Festival Schedule: 

Individual plays may run from about 10 to 25 minutes; total performance time probably at least 90 minutesDisclaimer: Please be aware that shows after 8:30 PM may not be suitable for younger audiences.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 7 PM

Queen Kong En Chaine - Dana Block
Patti Did Us In - Patricia Lawler Kenet
Angels at Work - Jerel Armstrong, Makie Armstrong,  Paul Johnson
Having A Ball With God - David Garrett Shaw


Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 7 PM

Siren's Den - Rori Nogee
A Fatima - Emily Claire Schmitt
Happy If Happy When - Kimerer L. LaMothe
Oh Happy Dagger - Claire Tyers
Escape from Paradise - Valdaniel Martin
Look For Me - Liz Schiller
The Inconvenient Miracle - Ria T. DiLullo


Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7 PM

Life or Not - Cayla Berejikian
Law of the Jungle - Sam Downey
The Kitty Bomb - Kevin Daly
A Forbidden Love - Bital Islam
A Pitch From Satchel Paige - Loren & Jim Keller
Common Ground - Granville Burgess


Friday, September 7, 2018 - 7 PM

Glitched - Melissa Manney
Jilted to Perfection - Debra Cook
Flower of Iowa - Lance Ringel
How Alfo Learned to Love - Vincent Amelio
The Words As Your Offering - Mara Lee Gilbert
Jewish, The Musical - Walter J. Kin


Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 2 PM Matinee

Quantum Janis - Richard Isen
Lost Home Win Home - Shelby Edwards
Pooch - Scott Eyerly
The Mouse on Flight #121 - Daniel Curzon
Fat Ladies Aint All In The Circus - Geneva Chapman


Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 7 PM

Oh Happy Dagger - Claire Tyers
Selah - Andy Post & Michael Murney
The Secret - Marshaline Letcher
Furniture - Natalie Lifton
Inamorata - Frederick Mark Kramer
Voyage - Ludovic Coutaud


Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 2 PM Matinee

Past Perfect - Philip Holt
Three On A Dime - Eileen Benson
Voyage - Ludovic Coutaud
Bacon Clickbait - David Don Miller
Fat Ladies Aint All In The Circus - Geneva Chapman


Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 7 PM

The Secret - Marshaline Letcher
Why Not Black - Auslin Williams
Selah - Andy Post & Michael Murney
HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy LamarrHeather Massie
Life Or Not - Cayla Berejikian
Look For Me - Liz Schiller


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 2 PM Matinee

Moby Pomerance reading (FREE)
(a play about the "new" Dictionary)


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 7 PM

Happy If Happy When - Kimerer L. LaMothe
The Inconvenient Miracle - Ria T. DiLullo
The Pink Hulk - Valerie David
Why Not Black - Auslin Williams
Patti Did Us In - Patricia Lawler Kenet
Jewish, the Musical - Walter J. Kin


Thursday, September 13, 2018 - PM

Law of the Jungle - Sam Downey
Dietrich - Cindy Marinangel
Escape from Paradise - Valdaniel Martin
Past Perfect - Philip Holt
Common Ground - Granville Brugess


Friday, September 14, 2018 - 7 PM

The Mouse on Flight #121 - Daniel Curzon
Quantum Janis - Richard Isen
Lost Home Win Home - Shelby Edwards
Pooch - Scott Eyerly
Bacon Clickbait - David Don Miller
Having A Ball With God - David Garrett Shaw


Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 2 PM Matinee

The Kitty Bomb - Kevin Daly
A Pitch From Satchel Paige - Loren & Jim Keller
Glitched - Melissa Manney
A Fatima - Emily Claire Schmitt
Jilted to Perfection - Debra Cook
Three On A Dime - Eileen Benson


Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7 PM

Flower of Iowa - Lance Ringel
HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr -Heather Massie
Angels at Work - Jerel Armstrong, Makie Armstrong,  Paul Johnson
A Forbidden Love - Bital Islam
How Alfo Learned to Love - Vincent Amelio


Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 2 PM Matinee

Dietrich - Cindy Marinangel
The Pink Hulk - Valerie David
Inamorata - Frederick Mark Kramer
Queen Kong En Chaine - Dana Block


Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 7 PM

Panelist Lauren Class Schneider presents:

12 Angry Men:
A Staged Reading
Presented by

12 Impassioned Women

*rights pending


Closing event:
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Selected Plays: Program to be announced!



For tickets, and more information...
www.nynwtheatrefestival.com

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