Grand Theft Auto V has come screeching into the 51st New York Film Festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Rockstar Games will host two panel discussions and a live concert tied to the recent blockbuster game release as part of the festival's multi-day transmedia event NYFF Convergence.
Planned discussions include Visit Los Santos and Blaine County: The World of Grand Theft Auto V, in which participants will get a master class in world building from members of the Rockstar Games creative team. (Click here to buy tickets!) The Music of Grand Theft Auto V, meanwhile, will feature the game's musicians—Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, and The Alchemist & Oh No—during a special edition of NYFF Live, a free-to-the-public event where they will discuss the challenges and process involved with scoring an interactive game. Click here to buy tickets!
Live From Los Santos: The Music of Grand Theft Auto V is an exclusive concert event in which the audience will be invited to step inside the world of GTAV with a live musical performance by the artists who contributed to the game's score. The event will feature images of Blaine County, the fictional setting of GTAV, rolling by on massive screens. (Click here to buy tickets!)
"These NYFF Convergence events aim to examine GTAV from multiple angles, giving our audience multiple ways to explore what has already become one of the most compelling works in the genre," said programmer Matt Bolish. "The heart and soul of NYFF Convergence is storytelling and Rockstar Games has proven with GTAV that they are simply the best when it comes to creating narrative, cinematic experiences in games."
Five years in production, Grand Theft Auto V was released on September 17, making a whopping $800 million in just 24 hours and crossing the $1 billion mark in under three days, surpassing previous record holder Call of Duty. The Avengers, by comparison, holds the movie record in passing the 10-figure mark, grossing $1 billion in 16 days.
The second edition of NYFF Convergence kicks of Saturday as part of the 51st New York Film Festival, and will take place at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and the Walter Reade Theater. The program features panels, workshops, immersive experiences, keynote presentations, live concerts, parties and more. Focusing on the intersection of technology and storytelling, Convergence aims to offer audiences and creators the opportunity to experience a curated selection of the immersive storytelling projects being produced today.
Founded in 1998, Rockstar Game is a pioneer in the use of 3-D immersive settings with their popular video game franchises: Max Payne, Red Dead, Bully, Midnight Club and Grand Theft Auto.
Visit Los Santos and Blaine County: The World of Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V, the latest blockbuster videogame from Rockstar Games, is a highly detailed and satirical reimagining of modern day Southern California, from the bustling metropolis of Los Santos to the surrounding countryside, rivers, mountains, lakes and beaches of Blaine County. Join us as we take a look at a presentation of the game-world and talk with some of the creative team at Rockstar Games about Grand Theft Auto V's formation from a series of ambitious ideas to complete 'virtual' reality.
Sunday, September 29 at 3:30PM at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
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Live From Los Santos: The Music of Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V comprises an entire universe filled not only with action, but with sound, thanks to the dynamic score from composers Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, and The Alchemist & Oh No. For one night only, this talented group of artists, along with more than 20 supporting musicians will come together to perform the game's score, live to a very limited audience at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear this incredible collaboration perform the score, combined with art and game visuals to offer a completely unique and immersive live experience.
Monday, September 30 at 9:00PM (Doors open at 8:00PM)
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 405 W 59th St.
$40 for concert, $125 for concert + After Party
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Grand Theft Auto V: A Celebration
Join us after the concert at a very special event to celebrate the music of Grand Theft Auto V at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring DJ sets from Flying Lotus, host of the in-game radio station, FlyLo FM, and Giles Peterson who hosts Worldwide FM.
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.
NYFF Live: The Music of Grand Theft Auto V
For the first time in the series, Grand Theft Auto V features a completely original and dynamic interactive musical score, adding a level of immersion and tension never heard before in a Grand Theft Auto game. This exciting addition to the game series is the result of many years work and Ivan Pavlovich, Music Supervisor for Rockstar Games, will be on hand with the game's key composers, Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, and Alchemist & Oh No to explain the many intricacies of such a mammoth project and its impact on this iconic piece of entertainment
Tuesday, October 1 at 8:00PM at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater