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‘Grand Theft Auto’ Jacks the New York Film Festival

A live concert of tunes from the vidgame and panels with Rockstar creatives join the fest's Convergence lineup

Rockstar Games, the company behind megaselling new vidgame release “Grand Theft Auto V,” and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have teamed up for a group of events that will be part of the New York Film Festival’s Convergence programming, including discussion panels and a live concert of music drawn from “GTAV.”

Performers on tap for the concert include game composers Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson and hip-hop producers the Alchemist and Oh No.

The Rockstar events will cap off a weekend of programming for the second annual NYFF lineup of Convergence, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s transmedia and multiplatform storytelling initiative. This year’s Convergence sked already includes panels, keynote presentations and “experiences” organized around transmedia projects including “The Cloud Chamber Mystery,” “The Cosmonaut” and “No More Road Trips?”

SEE ALSO: Record Breaker: ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Reaches $1 Billion in Three Days

Gaming and multiplatform, often digital storytelling have become increasingly common fixtures at film festivals around the country as more and more filmmakers experiment with moving images in multiple media. At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival — which incorporated transmedia projects under its new Storyscapes banner — the upcoming game “Beyond: Two Souls,” starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, screened an hour of gameplay footage as part of the festival slate. (The event went on to be live-streamed online more than 2 million times.)

The two panels on Rockstar’s Convergence slate include “Visit Los Santos and Blaine County: The World of ‘Grand Theft Auto V,'” in which company creatives discuss storytelling and game development; and “The Music of ‘Grand Theft Auto V,'” featuring the game’s composers.

The concert, “Live From Los Santos,” will gather the game’s composers and some 20 musicians to play tunes live at a church in midtown Manhattan. The afterparty for the concert, at Gotham music venue Le Poisson Rouge, will have DJ sets by Flying Lotus, who’s host of the “GTAV” in-game radio station.

Concert is set for Sept. 30, with the storytelling panel skedded for Sept. 29 and the music panel for Oct. 1. The 51st annual NYFF, presented every year by FSLC, kicks off Sept. 27 with Paul Greengrass’ Tom Hanks starrer “Captain Phillips” and runs through Oct. 13.

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