The Veldt, TFF's Virtual Reality Studio
The Veldt is the Tacoma Film Festival's VR/360 film studio at the Tacoma Film Festival which debuted in 2016.
The Veldt features VR films, interactive experiences, workshops, panels, and filmmaker meet & greets over the first weekend of TFF. Hosted by King's Books, The Veldt is free and open to the public October 5 - 6, 11 AM - 7 PM.
Why Is it Called The Veldt?
OPEN STUDIO HOURSThe Veldt is free and open to the public the weekend of 2019 TFF. Stop by Saturday or Sunday October 5 & 6 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM to experience new 360 degree media.
THE VELDT PREVIEW PARTY | OCTOBER 4, 10 PM AT KING'S BOOKS
The Veldt VR Studio is presented by:
2019 VR Films & Immersive Experiences
|CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE | A Journey Within
Germany | 2018 | 12 min
We are gifted every moment with life's most precious achievement: A conscious mind, enabling us to sense and hold within, the universe's boundless beauty - a source of infinite inspiration that fuels our inner space. Being aware of and grateful for the invaluable fortune of a conscious existence is vital for a life in harmony and enables us to use our precious gift within to sense that beauty in every little thing.
West Coast Premiere
|DOWN THE PIXEL HOLE
Israel/US | 2018 | 10 min
'Down the Pixel Hole' began as a search for anomalies in the digital matrix of Google Sky and the tracing of conspiracy theories about pixelation of objects and stars within the sky maps. The project developed into an immersive VR experience â€“ a free fall in space through photographic layers from which the Google Sky fabric is constructed. The experience of falling through the empty pixels allows for an exhilarating discovery that is both terrifying and surreal as it is sublime?
WA State Premiere
US | 2018 | 6 min
'Dark Shapes' is a short animated and interactive VR film inspired by award-winning author E. Lily Yu's chilling story 'The Wretched and the Beautiful'. This piece was created in 2018 for an exhibit in The Wing Luke museum (Seattle, WA) showcasing Asian Pacific American influence on Science Fiction. The original story by E. Lily Yu explores parallels between aliens landing and refugee crises. In her story, well-meaning people struggle with the pressure to help those in need, welcome aid from untrustworthy sources who offer to take the burden off their hands and 'close their eyes' to the consequences.
UK | 2019 | 11 min
Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before. Travel with him through the â€śDeath Zoneâ€ť and experience the thrilling highs and lows of climbing at the highest elevations on earth.
US | 2019 | 3 min
Eyelydian is a 360Â° video that uses abstraction, animated geometric patterning, and photographic images to call to mind the colors, patterns, and visions seen as light filters through closed eyelids.
WA State Premiere
Turkey | 2018 | 13 min
A mysterious tree watches over a forest while humans traverse its paths, planning construction zones and searching for a lost person. As civilization slowly unravels, quiet new dynamics emerge.
Floodplain is set against a man-made environmental crisis and explores our relationships to each other at the end of nature. If we can no longer be what we were, can we really become something new? Can we be a forest, or a stone; can we be a multitude of organisms; can we be nothing? Can we be something that we donâ€™t know we can be yet?
|GELEIBT, GEHASST UND 360
Austria/Germany | 2018 | 4 min
Witness musicians, dancers and famous singers in VR close ups, as well get the possibility to travel through locations audience is normally entirely excluded from. See how it feels to get standing ovations and roaring applause by 2500 opera visitors on the grand opera stage.
|HOME WITH AMĂ‰RICA
Peru/US | 2019 | 13 min
Gladys, an undocumented immigrant living in L.A., left Peru 22 years ago. Gladys explores her relationship to a place that she cannot return to without risking the life she's built in the US. In defiance of this separation, Gladys finds a way to reunite with her dying mother, AmĂ©rica.
UK | 2018 | 5 min
In INVENTIONâ€™s Rubik's-cube-like cell, the participant is simultaneously trapped and freed: invited to play and driven by rhythm, all the while discovering new evolutions of chaos with every turn.
|LES RĂŠVES DU DOUANIER ROUSSEAU
France | 2018 | 7 min
A late afternoon at the greenhouse of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. A curious visitor lets himself be locked in. But the greenhouse is haunted by the spirit of Henri Rousseau. Interrupted by the ghostly voice of the painter, the visitor oscillates between dream and reality, when the greenhouse becomes a jungle, populated by characters, animals and plants from the Dream of the Douanier Rousseau (1910).
|THE GHOST, THE SPHINX, AND THE THIEF
US | 2018 | 4 min
Zeven Rodriguez, Juan Carlos ZaldĂvar, Kim Grinfeder
The Ghost, The Sphinx and The Thief is an immersive VR installation exploring the intertwined relationship between three species: the mythical, endangered ghost orchid, the sphinx moth (its sole pollinator), and a park ranger activist who got arrested in order to lobby for legislation to save the endangendered plant.
|TOWER OF BABEL BY THE SEA
Taiwan | 2018 | 14 min
Wei Jung Feng
Ever-changing in his outward appearance, the devil sells man a destiny with the promise of a Tower of Babel. Man becomes cursed by his own greed, and as pollution spreads, nature is caught in a spiral of death.