Alternate Realities

Sheffield Doc/Fest and British Council presents Alternate Realities
An Exhibition of interactive and virtual reality films from around the world.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest and the British Council are pleased to present a selection of works from the virtual reality experiences program and interactive documentaries that were part of the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017.

Enjoy a magical, factual feast of storytelling. Click, swipe, play, and reach for a headset to be transported in to new worlds, where interaction and immersion make you part of the story. This exhibition showcases the latest innovation in documentary from around the world, experimenting with new technology.

The Latin American tour of Alternative Realities is possible thanks to the British Council, and the collaboration of DocMontevideo (Uruguay), DOCSP (Brazil) and Centro Cultural San Martín (Argentina).

The exhibition in Montevideo has the support of the Cultural Center of Spain, the Spanish Cooperation and the British Council in Uruguay.

From the 22nd to the 28th of July
Free entry
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Venue:

Centro Cultural de España (Rincón 629)

Borders

Gonzalo Alvarez / United States / 2016 / 5' / English

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A political art game simulating the dangers Mexican immigrants face crossing the Border. Death is permanent, leaving behind a skeleton in the Mexican desert for future players to see.

Director: Gonzalo Alvarez / Producer: Genaro Reyes, Jon DiGiacomo, Gonzalo Alvarez / International sales: Gonzalo Alvarez, gonzaloalvarez.artist@gmail.com

Country: United States / Year: 2016 / Duration: 5' / Format: Game / Language: English / Suggested age: All ages

Web: www.gonzzink.itch.io/borders

DeathTolls Experience

Ali Eslami / Iran, Netherlands / 2016 / 9' / English

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A virtual journey from the refugee crisis in Europe to the bloodbath in Syria, placing the dry ‘data reality’ of the news in an emotional perspective.

Director: Ali Eslami / Producer: Ali Eslami / Music: Nima Pourkarimi / International sales: Ali Eslami, alless91@gmail.com

Country: Iran, Netherlands / Year: 2016 / Duration: 9' / Format: Virtual Reality Installation / Language: English / Suggested age: 13+

Web: www.alllesss.com/?portfolio=deathtolls-experience

Future Aleppo

Marshmallow Laser Feast, Alex Pearson / United Kingdom, Turkey / 2017 / 5' / English

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As bombs fell on Aleppo, 13 year old Mohammed lovingly built paper versions of his city’s fallen landmarks. Explore Mohammed’s interactive paper model, or enter VR to walk the streets of a lifesize version of the model, enriched with recordings of Mohammed’s stories and memories of the city.

Director: Marshmallow Laser Feast, Alex Pearson / Producer: Zahra Mackaoui, Eleanor Whitley, Alex Pearson / International sales: Alex Pearson, alex@redthread.media

Country: United Kingdom, Turkey / Year: 2017 / Duration: 5' / Format: Virtual Reality Installation / Language: English / Suggested age: 13+

Web: www.futurealeppo.com

In My Shoes: Intimacy

Jane Gauntlett / United Kingdom / 2017 / 10' / English

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A 360° experience (for two people) which explores human connection. Put aside your inhibitions and let strangers guide you through their impromptu, unconventional, and intense moments of intimacy.

Director: Jane Gauntlett / International sales: Jane Gauntlett, jane@janegauntlett.com

Country: United Kingdom / Year: 2017 / Duration: 10' / Format: Virtual Reality Installation / Language: English / Suggested age: 16+

Web: www.janegauntlett.com/inmyshoesproject

Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon

Grace Boyle, James Manisty / United Kingdom, Brazil / 2017 / 14' / English, Portuguese (Brazilian)

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Combining cutting edge virtual reality filmmaking and multi-sensory storytelling, immerse yourself in the lives and struggle of the Munduruku Indigenous People deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Director: Grace Boyle, James Manisty / Producer: Pete Speller / Cinematography: James Aldred / Edition: Richard Lester / Sound: Gabriella Scanio / International sales: Pete Speller, pete.speller@greenpeace.org

Country: United Kingdom, Brazil / Year: 2017 / Duration: 14' / Format: Virtual Reality Installation / Language: English, Portuguese (Brazilian) / Suggested age: 13+

Planet ∞

Momoko Seto / France / 2017 / 5' / No dialogue

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In a world in ruins, only fungi and mold grow in the middle of gigantic dried insects bodies. When a weather change occurs, rain irrigates the arid planet and floods it gradually. In the water springs an ecosystem, populated by giant carnivorous tadpoles.

Director: Momoko Seto / Producer: Francois Martin Saint Léon , ARTE FRANCE / International sales: François Martin Saint Léon, francois@barberousse-films.com

Country: France / Year: 2017 / Duration: 5' / Format: Installation, Virtual Reality / Language: No dialogue / Suggested age: All ages

Step to the Line

Ricardo Laganaro / United States, Brazil / 2017 / 11' / English

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Shot entirely on location in maximum security prisons, Step to the Line aims to provoke a transformation in the spectator’s eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and even themselves.

Director: Ricardo Laganaro / Producer: Amy Seidenwurm, Paula Cuneo, Joanne Sprague / Cinematography: João Padua / Edition: Sabrina Wilkins / Music: Janecy Nascimento, Felipe Vassão / International sales: Ricardo Laganaro, rlaganaro@gmail.com

Country: United States, Brazil / Year: 2017 / Duration: 11' / Format: Mobile VR / Language: English / Suggested age: 13+

Trafficked

Owain Rich, Charlie Newland / United Kingdom, Mexico / 2016 / 8' / English

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Trafficked is an animated documentary based on interviews conducted with ‘Maria’, a woman who spent 8 years in forced prostitution after being taken from her home in Nicaragua. Step into Maria’s shoes and face the reality of trafficking and forced prostitution first hand.

Director: Owain Rich, Charlie Newland / Producer: Lourdes Heredia, Owain Rich, Charlie Newland / International sales: Charlie Newland, charlie.newland@bbc.co.uk

Country: United Kingdom, Mexico / Year: 2016 / Duration: 8' / Format: Virtual Reality Installation / Language: English / Suggested age: 18+

Web: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-38093431

Tell Me Your Secrets

Michael Orwell / United Kingdom / 2016 / 25' / English

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An interactive graphic novel that describes a desperate scientific mission during WWII which started Britain’s enduring alliance with the USA. Tell Me Your Secrets imagines the consequences had the meetings ended differently.

Director: Michael Orwell / Producer: Diarmuid Mitchell / International sales: Michael Orwell, mike.orwell@bbc.co.uk

Country: United Kingdom / Year: 2016 / Duration: 25' / Format: Interactive Story / Language: English / Suggested age: All ages

Web: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3b77hv

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