NYFF Announces Convergence Slate, Including New VR, Immersive Cinema, and Interactive Experiences for Cinephiles
24 August 2018
The famed "singing wells" of the Samburu people, a scene in a remote area of northern Kenya that has remained unchanged for centuries – and which they are determined will remain for many more. The purpose of the Samburu singing to their livestock is not only expressive, it also has function. Hundreds of animals may get watered at one time, each morani sings a hypnotic synchronicity, their animals know the trough where their owner is watering them because they know the sound of his voice recognising the pitch, sorting any issues of cattle getting mixed up without any physical way of organising them. The ‘singing wells’ is one of the most fascinating examples of the link between the morani and their animals, and poignant demonstrations of the bond the Samburu have with their ecosystem.~Stills shoot for "My Africa", virtual reality film set in Northern Kenya.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has unveiled the complete lineup for its forward-thinking Convergence section of the 56th New York Film Festival, set to take place October 11 – 14. The seventh edition of the annual program is driven by innovative modes of storytelling via interactive experiences, featuring Virtual Reality, Immersive Cinema, AI, and more.
The program plays out during the annual fall festival’s final weekend, and will include several world premieres, from “What Goes Up/Must Come Down,” billed as “a combination of VR and video installation that takes viewers through the gorgeous Instagram sensation of the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival and the environmental destruction the lanterns cause once tourists leave”; “Blue Bird,” an immersive animated VR film; and “Hope Against the Haze,” described as “a journey into the citizen-led effort to rid the once pristine beaches of Mumbai of the trash that overwhelms them.”
Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, this year’s festival will open with Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” celebrate its Centerpiece selection with Alfonso Cuarón’s “ROMA,” and close out with Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate.” Check out the full slate right here.