NYFF51: Convergence

Convergence is an ongoing initiative of the New York Film Festival focused on the intersection of technology and storytelling. Expect more then a discussion of current trends and hot buzz words; Convergence offers audiences and creators the unique opportunity to experience a curated selection of some of the most exciting immersive storytelling projects being produced today. Convergence is about creators and makers and the fact that in our digital world every member of the audience is not just an observer but an active participant in building their entertainment.

In This Series

Visit Los Santos and Blaine County: The World of Grand Theft Auto V

Visit Los Santos and Blaine County: The World of Grand Theft Auto V

Panel | 60 mins

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 short 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.

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Live From Los Santos: The Music of Grand Theft Auto V

Live From Los Santos: The Music of Grand Theft Auto V

Concert | 70 mins

This event takes place at St. Paul the Apostle church (405 W 59th St).

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 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. 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.

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The Cloud Chamber Mystery

The Cloud Chamber Mystery

Keystone Presentation | 60 mins

Creators Christian Fonnesbech and Frederik Ovilsen discuss their project that is part alternate reality game, part film, part social network, touching on the challenges of building a genre-bending interactive experience.

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Transmedia Storytelling & Documentary Film

Transmedia Storytelling & Documentary Film

Panel | 60 mins

Documentary pros explore some of the most intriguing work being done today – the synthesis of cutting edge, multiplatform storytelling with riveting documentary film.

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Charlie Victor Romeo

Charlie Victor Romeo

Experience | 80 mins

New York Premiere!

Derived entirely from black box recordings of real airline emergencies, this visceral 3D film takes viewers where few have been before: inside the cockpit.

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Making Movies as the Ultimate Social Medium

Making Movies as the Ultimate Social Medium

Panel | 60 mins

With technology, distribution, and financing readily available thanks to Kickstarter, IndieGogo, and Seed & Spark we ask "has there ever been a better time to create content?"

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The Empire Project

The Empire Project

Interactive Presentation | 60 mins

World Premiere!

Creators Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill will discuss their one of a kind documentary, an interactive work shot over four years examining the legacy of Dutch colonialism.

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48 Hour Games

48 Hour Games

Experience | 60 mins

New York Premiere!

In a lively experience that is part documentary and part game 48 Hour Games tracks the highs and lows of teams competing at the Nordic Game Jam.

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No More Road Trips?

No More Road Trips?

Experience | 80 mins

Assembled from thousands of home movies, the film explores "peak travel" and asks its audience to serve as narrators, making each screening a completely unique experience.

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Hollow and the Call to Action: E. McMillion on the Role Interactive Docs Play in Ongoing Narratives

Hollow and the Call to Action: E. McMillion on the Role Interactive Docs Play in Ongoing Narratives

Keystone Presentation | 60 mins

Launched this year, Hollow encourages dialogue about the issues facing small town America. Director Elaine McMillion will reflect on the project and her evolution from filmmaker to facilitator.

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Platform Agnostic, Brand Specific

Platform Agnostic, Brand Specific

Panel | 60 mins

What do tastemakers, magazine publishers and television networks have in common? They all needed to become platform agnostic, transcending their roots to cross into new and uncharted territory.

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The Cosmonaut

The Cosmonaut

Experience | 90 mins

New York Premiere!

Part of a vast storyworld including web content, music, and social media, this sci-fi tale follows the Soviet explorers racing to beat the U.S. to space.

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The Cosmonaut Experience

The Cosmonaut Experience

Experience | 60 mins

A curated selection of short material that explores the science, characters, and history – real and imagined – of The Cosmonaut featuring a conversation with creator Nicolas Accala.

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Producing Convergence – A History of Multiplatform Collaboration

Producing Convergence – A History of Multiplatform Collaboration

Panel | 60 mins

Seasoned PGA members share some of their early work integrating multiple platforms and describe how those techniques have evolved into what we see today.

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Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club

Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club

Keystone Presentation | 60 mins

Writer, musician, director, actor Cory McAbee returns to the Film Society to discuss his current project The Embalmer's Tale, a vast crowd sourced multiplatform film experience.

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A Short History of the Highrise

A Short History of the Highrise

Keystone Presentation | 60 mins

World Premiere!

World Premiere of this interactive documentary that explores the 2,500 year global history of vertical living and issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world. 

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