The Festival will present a one-of-a-kind collaboration with popular historian/podcaster Dan Carlin and MWM Immersive that transports attendees to a WWI battlefield with stunning realism in War Remains.
Using free roam (untethered) VR, haptics, and sensations like heat and wind, users will experience World War I from above in a balloon, and below, in the trenches. A similar wartime sensory experience, HERO, won the Storyscapes prize last year. Jessica Brillhart, formerly Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google, is having the world premiere of her Vrai Pictures production Into the Light at the Festival. It's a one-of-a-kind geolocated immersive audio experience that will move participants throughout the building to hear pieces by Yo-yo Ma. Conservation International is returning to the Festival, following their powerful debut last year with the dual 360 (My Africa) and free roam VR (Elephant Keeper) experiences. This year they’re presenting A Drop In the Ocean, which shrinks the user down to the size of a microbe on the back of a jellyfish (apparently you feel like you are indeed standing on a jellyfish) to experience pollution on a molecular, and persona, level.