The Stories We Will Tell: Interactive Media and Placemaking

APA California Chapter, Northern Section


Saturday, November 17, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. PST

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Virtual reality, 360° video, performance, and live cinema offer the possibility of expansive interactive documentary storytelling that is uniquely spatial. But what blind spots exists when mediamakers and audiences adopt these emerging technologies? What communities do these immersive strategies leave out? Join us for a one-night only experience that starts with the opportunity for attendees to experience 3 different VR films, followed by the performance and discussion of new work from Vero Majano, Keith Wilson, Adam Schmel in collaboration with City Hope residents, and other boundary-pushing mediamakers.

VR & Performances (listed in alphabetical order):

VR/Interactive Experiences:
“BETHLEHEM 360°” (Jesse Epstein, Andrea Rollefson with Scenic VR; 2018)
Once a booming steel mill in which workers fabricated the materials for the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge, the sprawling Bethlehem Plant has since been converted into a casino. This poetic exploration of a changing city confronts the past and future of the American workforce.

“HighRise: Out My Window”,  Dir. Kat Cizek

“¡Viva La Evolución!, Dir. Fifer Garbesi
“Gangway” ( min, Dir. Keith Wilson, WIP 2018)
GANGWAY is an immersive live documentary piece about a recently shuttered San Francisco gay bar, The Gangway, site of police raids, queer community organizing and early AIDS activism. Combining archival material, 3D models and performance, the immersive piece explores new models for experiencing lost places and future narratives.

“Remember Los Siete: Chapter 1” (10 min, Vero Majano, WIP 2018)
The multimedia performance, Remember Los Siete uses archival film, audio interviews, and personal history, as an artist’s response to the under-documented story of the seven Central American men know as Los Siete, who were accused of killing a white police officer in 1969.

“Real Refuge” (12 min, Adam Osfeld Schnell & City of Hope resident, 2018)
A resident of the City Hope Home uses virtual reality and live narration to guide the audience through her world and gain insight into her journey. City Hope Home in a sober living facility in the Tenderloin that offers bridge housing for men and women overcoming homelessness, addiction, and incarceration.


Keith Battle

Invited Speaker

Filmmaker and Educator, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) Read More

Fay Darmawi

Invited Speaker

Founder and Executive Producer, SF Urban Film Fest

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Fay Darmawi,