Seattle International Film Festival 2017 – 360 Storytelling Pop-up

For SIFF 2017, we were asked to create a boutique 360/VR  Storytelling Pop-up program and VR Forums within the festival’s newly expanded Festival Lounge in downtown Seattle’s Pan Pacific Hotel.  We curated the program content and 360/VR Forums for the fest, adhering to our company’s mission of commitment to diversity and access with our programming and panel speakers, while also ensuring that the SIFF 360 Storytelling Pop-Up showcased the most inventive, compelling and ground-breaking content currently available.

SIFF 2017 360 Storytelling Pop-Up in Pictures


SIFF 2017 360 Storytelling Pop-Up Program

Vive Station – Interactive Room Scale


After Solitary

USA | 2017 | 8 minutes | Cassandra Herrman, Lauren Mucciolo

Go inside the Maine State Prison to hear the harrowing story of one man’s time in solitary and what happened when he got out. (WINNER of the SXSW 2017 Virtual Reality Jury Prize for Interactive)

360 Storytelling  (sponsored by Google and showcased on Google’s Daydream headsets)


Headset #1 – 360 Narrative Storytelling

The Giant

USA | 2017 | 3 minutes | Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickle, Abigail Horton

We follow a girl’s strange journey as she grows endlessly, eventually dissolving into the music of the universe.

Potato Dreams

USA | 2017 | 5 minutes | Wes Hurley

A surreal VR autobiographical doc that tells the story of Little Potato’s journey growing up gay in the Soviet Union before and after the fall of communism, his mother’s struggles to create a better life for them both, and their eventual escape to America via her becoming a mail-order bride.


USA | 2017 | 9 minutes | Eugene Capon

Journey is an experimental VR film that takes you on a short trip into the vast unknown reaches of space.

Headset #2 – 360 Social Justice

Behind the Fence

USA | 2017 | 9 minutes | Lindsay Branham, Jonathan Olinger

“Behind the Fence” looks inside the 5×5 square mile camp that imprisons the Rohingya muslim minority in Myanmar, and investigates the extremist Buddhists who propagate virulent anti-Muslim sentiment across the country. (WINNER of the SXSW 2017 Virtual Reality Jury Prize for 360)

Eagle Bone

USA | 2016 | 5 minutes | Tracy Rector

One of the first VR pieces ever created by a Native American filmmaker, “Eagle Bone” (“Ch’aak’ S’aagi”) is a collective step in a new direction of visual storytelling rooted in being unapologetically Indigenous.

Headset #3 – 360 Social Justice

We Who Remain

USA | 2017 | 15 minutes | Trevor Snapp, Sam Wolson

A relentless war persists in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Thousands of people have been forced to flee. This is the story of those who remain.

Headset #4 – 360 Dance


USA | 2017 | 5 minutes | Jess Kantor


USA | 2017 | 5 minutes | Andrew Asnes

Syzygy in 360 is an in-depth look into the choreography of Paul Taylor.

Say Our Name

USA | 2017 | 4 minutes | Stina Hamlin

This immersive hip-hop dance piece was filmed on the streets of New York City, engaging the viewer to look into the eyes of the people that brutality is happening to everyday on streets throughout America. We must remember and say these names.

Silent Resonance

USA | Scott Squires

Silent Resonance brings you inside the mind of a dancer in this first-of-its-kind virtual reality dance experience from Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Headset #5 – Interactive 360 Storytelling

The Ministry of Time

Spain | 2017 | Nicolás Alcalá

A virtual reality episode for the Spanish TV show “El Ministerio del Tiempo.”


First Person vs Personal: Violence, Taboo, and Ethics in VR Content

75 minutes

May 20, 2017

Arguments about violence and taboo in movies and video games have been happening for decades. What’s different about virtual reality? And what responsibility do VR and 360 content creators have to define what boundaries are “acceptable” in virtual content? Join Trond Nilsen of Virtual World Society and Seattle VR as he leads what’s sure to be a spirited debate among our expert panelists.

Moderator: Trond Nilsen, PhD
Panelists: Lisa Weeks, John Williamson, Paul Jackson, Eva Hoerth

Adapting Your ‘Flattie’ Skills to 360 Filmmaking

75 minutes

May 27, 2017

Are you a traditional filmmaker interested in 360 filmmaking, but you aren’t really sure where to start? Or perhaps you’re curious about how cinematography, editing, and sound are different in 360 format? Join our panel of filmmakers-turned-360-pioneers as they talk frankly about how they boldly transitioned their existing filmmaking skills into the 360 space—and how you can, too.

Panelists: Mathias Van de Kerckhove (Pixvana), Carlye Nyte (Sound), Lacey Leavitt (Mechanical DreamsVR), and Diana Fairbank (SIXR)
Moderator: Nathaniel Pinzon (Wondertek Labs)

Experience Me a Story: Game Mechanics and Storytelling

75 minutes

June 3, 2017

In the space where gaming, story and cinema are merging, how will narrative evolve? What impact will the the shifting function of the “audience” and game mechanics of video gaming have on the future of interactive cinema? Join our panel of industry experts as they explore how gamification will impact VR and 360 storytelling.

Moderator: Nathaniel Pinzon
Panelists: Pete Moss (Giant Cranium) and Evie Powell (Verge of Brilliance), Lisa Weeks (Hashbang Games)

Social Justice Storytelling on a 360 Canvas

60 minutes

June 10, 2017

By now you’ve heard virtual reality described as an “empathy” machine, for its unique ability to transport the viewer into another perspective. Join Eagle Bone filmmaker, activist and social justice thought leader Tracy Rector as she and a panel of documentary and journalistic filmmakers discuss the potential for 360° storytelling as a impactful social justice tool.

Panelists: Cassandra Herrman (“After Solitary”), Dacia Saenz (“Oh, I Get It)”, and Stina Hamlin (“Say Our Name”)
Moderator: Tracy Rector (Longhouse Media)

Narrative Worldbuilding in Immersive Storytelling

75 minutes

June 10, 2017

The power of virtual reality is the ability to place the audience within any world the creator can imagine, and to allow the audience to explore and immerse into story worlds more deeply than ever before. Join our panel of pioneering content creators as they discuss the 360 projects they’re showing in our 360 Storytelling Lounge.

Panelists: Wes Hurley, Lacey Leavitt, Jess Kantor, and Mike Anderson
Moderator: Nathaniel Pinzon (WonderTek Labs)