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Directing in VR, featuring VR directors Lily Baldwin & Jessica Brillhart.
SPACE IS LIMITED! RSVPs for this event are not being managed on Meetup. RSVP Here: Sonic Union and StoryCode NYC present: Directing in VR, a discussion on Artistic Narrative featuring VR directors Lily Baldwin & Jessica Brillhart. Hosted at Sonic Union's beautiful Bryant Park studio, this event will provide insight on the artistic process of the VR medium, and how it elevates traditional storytelling as told through the perspectives of the director’s work. Both women will be present to speak about their experiences, processes in the medium, and new projects they are working on. **This event will be moderated by Cortney Harding, author, speaker and consultant to brands and agencies on best practices and applications for VR. 6:30-7 PM Networking 7:00-8 PM Discussion and audience Q + A 8:00-9 PM View films in Studio A, B, C *We will have both womens' films available for viewing in mix suites before and after the discussion. All creatives interested in the changing landscape of storytelling industry are encouraged to attend. LILY BALDWIN Lily Baldwin is a multi-faceted creative working in NYC and LA, combines her penchant for film and dance to craft intricate narratives. THROUGH YOU, her recent VR project co-directed with Saschka Unseld, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It was also a recipient of the 2016 Sundance Institute New Frontier / Jaunt VR Residency. She directed MISTY COPELAND, a documentary for Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards and her horror film, SWALLOWED (Palm Springs ShortFest, Women of Cinefamily, LAFF), is one of five films comprising the omnibus COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS (SXSW, BAMcinemaFest). She is in development for her next Mixed Reality project, GLASS: INVINCIBLE YOU, which was selected to participate in the DevLab initiative with Oculus and Kaleidoscope VR, in addition to a new experience with Saschka Unseld, TERRAIN. Prior to filmmaking, Lily worked as a professional dancer, performing with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and with David Byrne on his EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS WILL HAPPEN World Tour and in its documentary RIDE RISE ROAR (SXSW). Lily was recently named by Independent Magazine as one of the “10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017” and was a juror for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes Competition. JESSICA BRILLHART Jessica Brillhart is a film director who is widely known for her pioneering work in virtual reality. She is the founder of the independent immersive studio, Vrai Pictures, and is a director with the production company, Mssng Peces. Prior, Brillhart spent eight years as a filmmaker at Google. Her last role was as Principal Filmmaker for VR, where she was the first to field test Google Jump. Since launching Jump, she has helmed a number of critically acclaimed experiences including World Tour, Go Habs Go!, Resonance, and AI-driven, DeepDream VR Experiments. Her work also dives into a number of important medium and media-related issues, such as disability (Beethoven’s Fifth), cultural representation (Navajo Nation), and access (Conditions at Omaha: The Weather Channel in VR). Brillhart has taken the stage at Google IO, Oculus Connect, and The New Yorker TechFest. She has worked as an advisor for Sundance New Frontiers and IFP. Her Medium publication, The Language of VR, has been used by universities, various other education programs, and creators from all over the world. MIT Technology Review lauded Brillhart as a pioneer in her field as part of their 35 Under 35 list for 2017. She currently resides in New York with her German Shepherd, who has agreed to accept virtual reality as part of his life so as long as he is still fed, scratched, and walked. RSVP Here:

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