FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Denver Film Media Contacts:
Marty Schechter, Alexandra Dunne, Jon Ewing, Heather Collins
October 17, 2022
DENVER – Denver Film announced its Virtual Reality (VR) and Immersive Experience program lineup for the 45th Denver Film Festival (DFF45) today. The DFF45 Virtual Reality offerings provide a 360-degree experience that pushes the norms of 2d screenings with a combination of ticketed, free, first-come, first-serve programming at the Tattered Cover Book Store on East Colfax.
“As virtual reality becomes more mainstream, artists are finding creative ways to offer deeper immersion through interaction with VR stories. This year’s DFF45 VR lineup is more interactive than previous years, and our Immersive Experiences are a unique mixture of virtual reality combined with live performance,” said Aja Duniven, VR Manager, DFF45. “Everyone is encouraged to experience this year’s highly regarded programming. Be sure to reserve a ticket to the coveted Gumball Dreams VR films, you will not be disappointed.”
KUBO WALKS THE CITY
Like an “ethno-detective,” follow the footsteps of Kubo, a Korean writer in Seoul, in 1934, when Korea was under Japanese occupation.
A panda named Herbie is holed up in his illustrator’s studio after a bad breakup with a talented deer named Rice. Using Herbie’s art, Glimpse delves back through the memories of their relationship from the beautiful beginning to the heartbreaking end.
The popular and iconic Monte Gelato waterfalls in Rome have appeared in more than 180 productions, including films, TV series, and commercials.
LGBTQ+ VR MUSEUM
Experience the world’s first VR museum dedicated to celebrating the stories of LGBTQ+ people by preserving 3D objects and queer personal histories.
Gumball Dreams is one of the most coveted and anticipated VR Films in DFF45’s lineup. Viewers are asked to help alien creatures live out their final days as they transition from one reality to the next. As one can imagine, each interaction is as illuminating and fascinating as asked.
Plastisapiens is a virtual reality journey towards a speculative future where organic beings and plastic become one.
AS MINE EXACTLY
A mother and son revisit the medical emergency that reshaped their lives and the remarkable fragments that remain of that time in this intimate blend of virtual reality and performance film.
With Opening Night scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Festival will run through Nov. 13 with a robust lineup of in-person Red Carpet presentations, feature-length film screenings, documentaries, shorts, music videos, and episodic content, as well as immersive and virtual reality programming, events, panels, parties, industry guests and films in competition. Screenings, events, and entertainment will be held throughout the city, including the Sie FilmCenter, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Botanic Gardens, AMC 9 + CO 10, and the Tattered Cover East Colfax.
For more information on the Free VR Arcade, Badgeholder Access, and to purchase tickets,
Get up close and personal with the power of VR and learn how the medium is pushing the envelope in filmmaking. Press is invited to the following dates and times for private screenings. Please contact DFF media contacts to schedule and reserve:
GUMBALL DREAMS, Friday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Duration: 60 minutes)
AS MINE EXACTLY, Friday, Nov. 3, Times Vary, Noon – 5:15 p.m. (Duration: 30 minutes)
MARQUEE: Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, Amazon, AOR, Barbara Bridges, Catering by Design, Denver Botanic Gardens, Liberty Global, Lighthouse Immersive, Moye White, Sheila K. O’Brien, University of Denver Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Xfinity
SPOTLIGHT: Butler Rents, Caz Matthews, MUBI, NPU Events, SeriesFest, William LaBahn
STUDIO: American Airlines
CAMEO: CORT, CFVA, Crested Butte Film Festival, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Infinite Monkey Theorem, Newberry Brothers, Ratio Beerworks, Taloma Partners, The Family Jones, The Palm Group – Baird, TV5MONDE, Unrated Cab
PARTNERS: Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival, Denver Arts & Venues, Ken’s Prints & Graphics, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, The Color of Conversation
GOVERNMENT & FOUNDATIONS:
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Consulate General of Canada, Consulate General of Ireland, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
FILM: Ballard Spahr, Canada Now, Colorado Environmental Film Festival, GHP Investment Advisors, La Colombe, Parry, SAGindie, The Center for African American Health, Visit Denver
MEDIA: 5280, CBS4, Denver Life, Pearl Street Marketing
Founded in 1978, Denver Film is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Denver Film Festival and the popular summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, Denver Film provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.
The permanent home of Denver Film, the Sie FilmCenter is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals, both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. Denver Film’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training.