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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

“First 3D, Interactive, Generative Documentary” Pittsburgh-premieres at CMU Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

CMU hosts a free screening of CLOUDS, a film about “the global community of new-media artists and technologists [that] … brings together documentary storytelling with the interactivity of a game-like world.”
Watch a preview here, where you’ll see people looking like this …

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… presumably due to the 3D aspect. The trailer also includes some trippy sequences. Ideas about open-source technology seem to figure in prominently.
The film, screened earlier this year in the Sundance Festival’s New Frontier showcase, is directed by James George and 2007 CMU grad Jonathan Minard. It was created during a two-year fellowship at theCMU-based Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.
According to a press release, the film uses a new 3D cinema format called RGBD and a “'probability-based story engine’ to present an endless, ever-changing conversation about the role of computational thinking in contemporary arts and design.”
The film’s interview subjects are an international array of “more than 40 hacker-artists and luminary thinkers, who discuss their struggles to develop new forms of visual expression that resonate at a deeper human level.”
The project was produced by New York-based technologist Winslow Porter. The executive producer was Golan Levin, who directs the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. The film is also slated to screen as part of New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival.
The screening is at 5 p.m. tomorrow, at the STUDIO (Room CFA-111 — the building’s down the far end of the quad off Forbes Avenue). Refreshments (presumably 3D interactive ones) will be served.

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