EARTHxFilm & Earth Day Texas VR Lounge

Immerse yourself in environmental topics at the EARTHxFilm & Earth Day Texas VR Lounge

 
Free to the public; the VR Lounge in Centennial Hall will open daily
10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23

  • AMOR DE ABUELA
  • ARE YOU LISTENING?
  • CHASING CORAL
  • INFINITE SCUBA
  • OUT OF THE BLUE
AMOR DE ABUELA

AMOR DE ABUELA: A GRANDMOTHER’S LOVE

Year: 2017
Country: Australia, Guatemala, United States
Runtime: 7 mins

Two very similar children. Two very different opportunities at life. Areli and Anderson have been close friends since they were young. Growing up together in the remote village of Tactic in Central Guatemala, the children attend the same school, work in the same fields, and, of course, play together. While their lives seem very similar, there’s one major difference: Anderson has access to electricity; Areli does not. Anderson’s grandmother and a village leader, Ilse Lopez reflects on the changes she’s seen in Anderson’s life since receiving solar energy.

AMOR DE ABUELA is an Oculus VR for Good project in conjunction with Global Brightlight Foundation.

EXEC PROD: Lauren Burmaster, Jessie Hughes, Annie Hanlon
PROD: Amy Seidenwurm, Paula Cuneo, Joanne Sprague
CAMERA: Jessie Hughes, Chris Smith
SOUND: Orlando Solórzano

DIRECTOR BIO

Jessie Hughes is a creative thinker; a passenger of her abstract mind whose innate desire to push the boundaries has seen her pave her way onto the global art scene. Hughes is an Australian new media artist, her strengths laying in creative problem solving and being recklessly loud.

ARE YOU LISTENING?

ARE YOU LISTENING?

Country: Congo – Amazon

Step inside the stories of Virunga Park Rangers in Eastern Congo and the Munduruku tribe in the Amazon rainforest to see how a lack of affordable power is threatening lives and sacred lands. This is a multi-chapter video experience that combines immersive journalism with stories about how energy poverty is threatening lives in eastern Congo and sacred lands of the indigenous people in the Amazon.

DIR Sarah Hill
PROD: Alyssa Newman, Moira Hanes, Marco Krapels
SCRIPT: Paula Elias
DOP: Ken Leija
EDITOR: Quanah Elias

CHASING CORAL

CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE

Year: 2017
Country: Australia, Guatemala, United States
Runtime: 7 mins

This remarkably sobering VR is the powerful result of Jeff Orlowski’s project of the same name, about the quest of a group of filmmakers and ocean scientists to provide visual proof of climate change. This exclusive underwater experience follows Zackary Rago, a passionate scuba diver and researcher, as he documents the unprecedented 2016 coral bleaching event at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

Lead Artist: Jeff Orlowski
Key Collaborators: The Ocean AgencyView Into The BlueSeaview 360
Producers: Larissa Rhodes, Jeff Orlowski
Executive Producers: David J. and Linda A. Cornfield
Associate Producers: The Ahrens The GruneichsJeff SeibertWayne ChangLynda Weinman and Bruce HeavinShari Sant Plummer and Daniel PlummerShannon O’Leary and Bill JoyGreg BrockmanAndrea van BeurenNion McEvoy
Co Producer: Stacey Piculell
Editors: Tim Kaminski, Andrew Ackerman
Directors Of Photography: Jeff Orloski, Christophe Bailhache
Cinematographer: Zackery Rago
Composer: Dan Romer

INFINITE SCUBA

INFINITE SCUBA

Take a relaxing 5-minute vacation in Belize with legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle in Infinite Scuba® VR. You’ll swim with colorful reef fish, sea turtles, groupers, and even a whaleshark. No two dives are the same! This beautiful, immersive VR experience is based on Infinite Scuba®, the award-winning video game in which players do what real divers do: identify wildlife, find artifacts, clean up the reef, and take photos to share with friends, while learning about dive science, local culture, and environmental issues.

Artist: Cascade Game Foundry SPC

OUT OF THE BLUE

OUT OF THE BLUE

Year : 2017
Country: Mexico, USA, Australia, France, Hong Kong, Russia
Runtime: 10 min

OUT OF THE BLUE is the inspiring story of the legacy inherited by the children of Cabo Pulmo. Once described by Jacques Cousteau as the Aquarium of the World, years of overfishing killed the reef and pushed its inhabitants to the brink of extinction. To get their reef back, the Castros—a family of fishermen family in Cabo Pulmo—chose to sacrifice their source of income and food by making a revolutionary yet dramatic decision: ban fishing in their own waters to encourage marine life to come back and take shelter.

Film Director: Sophie Ansel
Narrator: Sylvia Earle, Judith Castro Lucero
Executive Producers: Lauren Burmaster
Producers: Amy Seidenwurm, Paula Cueno, Joanne Sprague, Sophie Ansel
Director Of Photography: Christophe Bailhache
Principal cast: Judith Castro Lucero & Yerick Vallesillo Castro
Stereographer: Marcello Altieri
Associate Producer: Shelly McGee, Jerónimo Pérez , Rodolfo Rodriguez
Illustrator: Andrey Shushkov
Animation Producer: Jerome Debaecque
Animation creative producer: Roger Timmerman
Editor: Nick Varley
Post Production: Reelfx
Key Collaborators: Vrforgood by Oculus, Pelagic Life, Reel FX,
Visit Baja Sur, Seaview 360, Spinifex, Mission Blue, The Ocean Agency

Director Bio:
Sophie Ansel is a storyteller and adventurer, delivering stories through the medium of film, Virtual Reality, journalism, books, graphic novels, radio and documentaries.