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Vancouver VR work Tidal Traces joins animated short Threads at VIWFF.


February 20, 2018 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) is featuring a special presentation of Tidal Traces—a new NFB virtual reality work by new-media artist Nancy Lee, choreographer Emmalena Fredriksson and the NFB’s Digital Studio in Vancouver—along with Torill Kove’s acclaimed Mikrofilm AS/NFB animated short Threads.

Running from March 6 to 11, all VIWFF activities take place in the VIFF Vancity Theatre.

Four-minute VR presentation, VIFF Vancity Theatre atrium, during festival hours, March 7–11:

Tidal Traces is a 360-video VR dance piece where the viewer joins in—directly composing the performance through their gaze. Captured offshore on intertidal mudflats near Vancouver, the dance unfolds with lapping ocean underfoot, to a visual backdrop of sky, horizon and water. Nancy Lee and Emmalena Fredriksson will be taking part in a fireside chat on March 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tidal Traces is produced by Nicholas Klassen and Robert McLaughlin for the NFB’s Digital Studio.  The executive producer is Robert McLaughlin.

Short Film Showcase, 3 p.m., March 9:

Curated by Women in Film and Television International, the shorts program includes Oscar winner Torill Kove’s Threads, an exploration of the beauty and complexity of parental love and the bonds that we form, named to TIFF’s Top Ten List for 2017.  The eight-minute short is produced by Lise Fearnley and Tonje Skar Reiersen for Mikrofilm AS and Michael Fukushima for the NFB’s English Animation Studio.

Gender balance in the film & television industry panel, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., March 8:

Janine Steele, Director, Digital Platforms for the NFB, will also be on hand to take part in a free gender-parity panel discussion on March 8, International Women’s Day, moderated by Sharon McGowan, director of WIFTV’s Board.

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Product Releated

Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopsis: Threads | Tidal Traces

Associated Links

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Mikrofilm AS

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