Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square
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PERSPECTIVES

An interactive/immersive exhibition/expo/experience 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SEE BEYOND at Perspectives!

We’re delighted to present the fifth anniversary of our immersive storytelling exhibition, where we’ll continue to showcase interactive media, virtual reality, and more. As technology evolves, so too does the way we tell stories. With a new generation of creators, comes innovative collaboration and the capacity to envision multiple perspectives within a single story. We invite you to navigate this new and exciting terrain with us and experience how immersive storytelling continues to evolve.

It is our honor to once again present CIFF's Perspectives Award for Immersive Storytelling. The award, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University, is based on audience-vote and will yield a cash prize of $1,000 to the winner.

Presented with generous support from:

Case Western Reserve
Hyland
Downtown Cleveland Alliance

With additional support from:

Channel XR
RazorEdge
CLEVR
Aerial Agents
Colortone Staging & Rentals

 

PERSPECTIVES LOCATION AND HOURS

Tower City Center Level M2 (near the top of the Grand Staircase)

Thursday, March 26th through Saturday, April 4th - 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 5th - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Perspectives is free and open to the public. Curated interactive media and virtual reality will be available for viewing on a first-come, first-served basis. No one under the age of 13 will be admitted. 

 

Virtual Reality

The 100% - Maggie's Story

The 100% - Maggie's Story

Interactive VR - In connection with the CIFF43 feature film, “Cancer Rebellion,” this immersive VR experience follows Maggie Kudirka, a professional ballerina whose love of dance helped her regain her strength after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. {more}

12 Seconds of Gunfire

12 Seconds of Gunfire

360 VR - Based on an unforgettable front-page article in The Washington Post, a powerful animated VR experience that recounts what happened to Jacob Hall and Ava Olsen, who were first-graders at a South Carolina elementary school when a 14-year-old boy opened fire on their school playground. {more}

Aripi

Aripi

360 VR - An animated VR story about an astronaut whose childhood dreams of flying become a reality. {more}

Bonfire

Bonfire

Interactive VR - As Space Scout 817, you are on a mission to discover a new home for the human race. When tragedy strikes and you crash on an unknown planet, you have only your robot sidekick, Debbie, and the light of your makeshift bonfire to guide you, in the latest animated VR experience from the award-winning Baobab Studios. {more}

Booper Get Home!

Booper Get Home!

Interactive VR - A VR game created by a local artist and based on the drawings of a six-year-old child on the autism spectrum, with a focus on exploration, solving puzzles, and helping people. {more}

Code of Freedom 1991

Code of Freedom 1991

Interactive VR - Using archival material and an animated environment based on real events, this VR experience puts you in the shoes of a journalist in the middle of the tragic events of January 13, 1991 - when Lithuania’s resistance to Soviet occupation turned violent. {more}

Everest

Everest

360 VR - Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mount Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, a feat that only 175 people have done before, in this thrilling VR experience. {more}

Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR

Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR

Interactive VR - Drift through the creator's reconstructed memories of growing up as a mixed race Ethiopian-American in the heart of Cleveland’s St. Clair-Superior neighborhood in this artistic VR memoir. {more}

Hominidae

Hominidae

360 VR - This futuristic, yet emotional, VR experience is set in a world of X-ray visibility and wild anatomical re-imagination, where creatures have evolved in surprising ways. {more}

It Was There

It Was There

360 VR - A boy wakes up in a strange bed and finds himself caught in a murderous dream-like loop between past and present in this chilling horror VR experience. {more}

Walk in My Shoes

Walk in My Shoes

360 VR - A package of VR experiences that lets you walk in the shoes of minorities - enduring racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism firsthand - while humanizing the experience of prejudice. {more}

Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family

360 VR - Nothing is easy when the McWiffle Family gets involved. Young Brandon’s attempts at wooing his childhood crush are thwarted at every turn with a little help from his highly eclectic and disaster-prone family in this episodic VR comedy. {more}

 

Interactive Media

Brothers Across Borders

Brothers Across Borders

Interactive Media - An interactive documentary film that puts you in charge of the decisions of a young Syrian refugee named Ismael, whose mission is to reunite his family members who’ve been split up across multiple countries. {more}

Capturing Reality

Capturing Reality

Interactive Media - An interactive journey into documentary filmmaking with some of the world’s top directors. Navigate clips from nearly 80 hours of footage with master filmmakers from around the world by choosing topics, themes, or your favorite director. {more}

East of the Rockies

East of the Rockies

Augmented Reality - An interactive narrative AR experience written by acclaimed Canadian author Joy Kogawa and told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in British Columbia’s Slocan Japanese internment camp during the Second World War. {more}

Un/tied Shoes

Un/tied Shoes

Interactive Media - Presented as an online shoe company, this interactive website is actually a first-person account of self-actualization in disguise. Follow along on the story of Evie, who never quite felt like a girl or a boy. Using the online shopping experience, Evie’s story underscores the hardships many non-binary and transgender people face when trying to reflect their gender identity in their outward appearance, and calls into question the deep-rooted social codes that determine... {more}

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