VR FOR POSITIVE CHANGE (VR film showcase, panel & forum)
Supported by Film Victoria, Reality Reload and Kaiju Beer
Real World VR is Melbourne’s ﬂagship VR/AR/MR event and presents a series of high quality virtual, augmented and mixed reality events on a bi-monthly basis.
Featuring talks, panel discussions, and VR demos, this month’s event explores the potential of these cutting-edge technologies to create positive change in the world.
DOORS OPEN at 5pm for the VR Showcase/networking/drinks.
EMMA WASSON – THE BOB BROWN FOUNDATION
Campaign Manager – Melbourne
Emma has a breadth of Community Organising experience working across a variety of campaigns and programs for peak environmental NGO’s such as the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Greenpeace and the Wilderness Society. Emma’s work with the Bob Brown Foundation focuses on galvanising support and building momentum for the protection of takyana/Tarkine in Tasmania’s North West, from Melbourne. The Foundation has recently embarked upon the use of VR technology to enable supporters to connect with takyana/Tarkine, one of the last great wild places left on Earth. It is currently under threat for rainforest logging, mining and off road vehicles. Hear how you can join the campaign to protect this special place as a World Heritage listed National Park including return to Aboriginal Ownership.
PANEL + Q&A : 7:30pm – 8:30pm
We will host a panel disscussion and Q&A session with a selection of Virtual Reality filmmakers and changemakers on the topic; positive chage. Panelists include Ahmed Salama Co Founder of That Start Up Show (VR film on empathy).
DEMOS + NETWORKING FROM 8.30PM
We will have a selection of 360/VR films for you to view, demos are one film per person.
Meet Virtual reality filmaker enthusiasts, filmmakers panelists and speakers. Films include In The Presence of Animals, Network Rail & Virtual Tarkine).
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL – VR SHOWCASE
5:00pm Session / 6:00pm Session / 8.30pm Session
Experience a selection of virtual reality (VR) films hand selected from Transitions Film Festival . VR Sessions are 45 minutes duration and must be pre-booked on Eventbrite (limited numbers so book early).
SHOWCASE VR PACKAGE
– Chasing Coral: The VR Experience (USA, 2017), Director: Jeff Orlowski
– Virtual Tarkine: The Bob Brown Foundation
– The Crystal Reef: Co-Director Cody Karutz & Produced by Virtual Human Interaction Lab.
– Remain At Home: Director – Gero A.E Egger, Go Pictures
CHASING CORAL – Following Chasing Ice, US filmmaker Jeff Orlowski returns with the underwater VR experience Chasing Coral: The VR Experience, which follows scuba diver and researcher Zackary Rago as he documents the unprecedented 2016 coral bleaching event at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
VIRTUAL TARKINE – Enter the world of Australia’s largest remaining cool temperate rainforest: Tasmania’s Tarkine.
Delve into the wild windswept beaches, extensive buttongrass plains and pristine wild rivers. This VR experience will take your breath away.
THE CRYSTAL REEF – Director – Cody Karutz. A rocky reef off the coast of Italy demonstrates the future of climate change. Meet Dr. Fio Micheli, the marine scientist who studies this reef, and dive underwater with her to learn about ocean acidification and how human-produced carbon dioxide will turn all the world’s oceans into what scientists are calling “the ocean moonscape.”
REMAIN AT HOME – Director – Gero A.E Egger, Go Pictures. The viewer slips into the role of altruistic grandmother “Zahira” who needs to convince her grandson “Mahmud” and his family to abandon their home and escape the war, despite the heart-wrenching realization that they might not make it if she accompanies them…
Speaker, Panel + Q&A, large-format screens, demos and networking on Samsung Gear VR / Google Cardboard, VR Showcase (VR Film Package 45 minute duration of three sessions – must pre-book).
$15 Entry + VR Showcase Package, part of the Transitions Film Festival VR Sessions.
Includes VR films: – (Virtual Tarkine: The Bob Brown Foundation, Chasing Coral: The VR Experience (USA, 2017), Director: Jeff Orlowski, The Crystal Reef: Co-Director Cody Karutz & Produced by Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Remain At Home: Director – Gero A.E Egger, Go Pictures).
We look forward to seeing you on the night