FREE Tribeca Talks: Unscripted & Immersive @ Samsung 837 #TFF2016

This innovative talks series is designed to give audiences a direct line to storytellers and creators on the front lines of the cutting edge of storytelling. Tribeca Talks: Unscripted & Immersive will be taking place at Samsung 837, a first of-its-kind technology playground and cultural hub.

Guests will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential elements, including a VR Tunnel and the world’s largest multimedia display.

  • Thursday, 4/14, 6:30-7:30PM

Tribeca Talks: Unscripted & Immersive – Behind the scenes: The New York Times’ Virtual Reality 

Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart is a stereoscopic VR experience that brings viewers to Pluto. Watch the New Horizons spacecraft zoom through space, soar over rugged mountains and bright plains, and stand on Pluto’s unique surface as its largest moon hovers over the horizon. 

Join the editorial team behind The New York Times’ virtual reality as they discuss this new world of storytelling and preview clips of Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart, premiering as part of Tribeca 2016’s Virtual Arcade. 


Jake Silverstein – Editor In Chief, The New York Times Magazine

Sam Dolnick – Associate Editor, Digital

Steve Duenes – Assistant Masthead Editor

Jenna Pirog – Virtual Reality Editor, The New York Times Magazine

  • Friday, 4/15, 6:30-7:30PM

Tribeca Talks: Unscripted & Immersive - Making of Invasion! - Exploring Empathy and Agency in VR - 

“Invasion!” is an animated real-time VR interactive film directed by Eric Darnell, the director and writer for Madagascar and all Madagascar sequels. In this session, Eric is joined by “Invasion!’s” Executive Producer, Supervising Animator, and Art Director to take a behind the scenes look at the creative process.  From creating a character that becomes an avatar for the viewer, to telling a story that allows the viewer a sense of control, to creating characters that “interact” with you, to art direction that inspires the viewer to actively compose his or her own ‘shots’, to juggling different technical and creative needs of real-time versus 360 platforms, this panel shares insights and explains how a production team created “Invasion!” a ground-breaking short to life. 

Eric’s VR animation studio, Baobab Studios, brought together a coalition of industry experts and advisors to aid in Invasion’s creation: animation innovator Glen Keane (“The Little Mermaid,” “Tangled”); DreamWorks Animation Co-President Mireille Soria; David Anderman, Chief Business Officer of Jaunt and former Lucasfilm COO; Pixar Animation Studios co-founder and alpha channel co-inventor Alvy Ray Smith; Pacific Data Image co-founder and former DreamWorks Interactive CEO Glenn Entis; and Twitch co-founder and COO Kevin Lin. 


Eric Darnell, Director, Baobab Studios

Maureen Fan, Executive Producer, Baobab Studios

Maciej Gliwa, Animation Supervisor, Baobab Studios

Cody Gramstad, Art Director, Baobab Studios

  • Saturday, 4/16  6:30-7:30PM

Tribeca Talks: Unscripted & Immersive - LoveTrue Director Alma Har'el in Conversation with Michael Cera

After winning Tribeca’s Best Documentary Feature Award in 2011 for her remarkable debut, Bombay BeachAlma Har'el returns with the premiere of her anticipated sophomore feature. This genre-bending documentary brings Har’el’s signature poetic imagery and fascination with performance in nonfiction to three complimentary stories that seek to demystify the fantasy of true love, set to a hypnotizing score by Flying Lotus and executive produced by Shia LaBeouf. 


Har’el will be interviewed by Michael Cera about her process and unique vision, and share clips from her brand new film premiering in Tribeca’s Documentary Competition.

  • Monday 4/18, 5:00PM

Tribeca Talks: Unscripted & Immersive - The Artists of Vrse: A Conversation with Chris Milk (Vrse/ Founder), Gabo Arora & Ari Palitz (My Mother’s Wing) and Sandy Smolan & James Nestor (Click Effect)

Chris Milk’s virtual reality company Vrse aims to tell extraordinary stories that connect humanity on a deeper level.  Join Chris and fellow creators Gabo AroraAri Palitz, Sandy Smolan and James Nestor as they discuss virtual reality as the last medium, the empathy machine, and the process of unlocking a powerful language of storytelling that is still vastly undiscovered


  • Chris Milk (Vrse/ Founder)
  • Gabo Arora (My Mother’s Wing)
  • Ari Palitz (My Mother’s Wing)
  • Sandy Smolan (Click Effect)
  • James Nestor (Click Effect)

Samsung 837

837 Washington St

Admission: FREE

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