New York Film Festival Sets Interactive Slate for Convergence 2015

Convergence New York Film Festival 2015
Courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center

The New York Film Festival has set the slate for the 2015 edition of Convergence, the festival’s annual lineup of talks, performances and projects that incorporate interactive, transmedia and new-media elements.

Transmedia has become something of a buzzword as filmmakers and other artists explore how new technological and digital developments can be harnessed in the service of storytelling. Such projects have increasingly found a foothold at film festivals such as NYFF, where Convergence is in its fourth year, and at fellow Gotham fest Tribeca, where interactive projects are programmed alongside the main film lineup as part of the Storyscapes initiative.

This year’s Convergence schedule includes four projects billed as “experiences and installations,” including “The Dog House” (pictured above), a virtual-reality film (created by Johan Knattrup Jensen, Mads Damsbo and Dark Matter) that depicts an awkward family dinner. A showcase of indie videogames and an immersive crime-scene mystery, Lance Weiler and Nick Fortugno’s “Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things,” also are among the titles on tap.

The Convergence bill also encompasses performances, such as “Small Star Seminar” with Cory McAbee as a downer of a motivational speaker, and talks by storytelling types including Diana Williams of Lucasfilm Story Group and members of immersive-media organizers StoryCode.

With the NYFF’s 2015 main slate already announced, the full list of programming for Convergence is one of several festival sidebars, special events and public discussions that will be announced in the weeks leading up to the festival, which runs Sept. 25-Oct. 11. Convergence events will take place over the weekend of Sept. 26-27.