USA | Nathalie Mathe

What happens when a young female coder joins a male-dominated floundering startup that's deep in an identity crisis? UTurn is an immersive live-action VR comedy where viewers get to experience both sides of the gender divide in tech.

ABOUT UTURN: There are 2 stories happening at once in this experience, one told from a female point of view, the other one from a male point of view. The way this has been done is by dividing the 360 space in 2 halves, with one story on each side. So you can choose which one to follow by simply turning your head/body around. You will only hear what you are looking at, but you can peek a little to the other side by bending your head or turning a bit, before deciding to switch. And you can tell who you are by simply looking down, you will see an actor's body, female or male. Finally, like in real life, the side you don't watch doesn't stop, it keeps going, so you will miss some of it, that is part of the experience.

  • Director: Nathalie Mathe
  • Country: USA

This film is playing as a part of SIFF VR Zone

This year, SIFF is excited to debut a new Festival venue: The SIFF VR Zone at Pacific Place. Produced by Seattle's WonderTek Labs, the program showcases a tightly curated selection of immersive and interactive storytelling from Seattle and around the world. The diverse slate includes a 360 African Storytelling section with innovative pieces from Senegal and Kenya; Greenland Melting, a new work from "Godmother of VR" Nonny de la Peña and co-director Catherine Upin; breathtaking new experimental pieces from South Korea, China, and Australia; immersive 360 music videos from Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) and The Posies, and compelling new works by Seattle-based VR developers and artists. A 360 Youth section will showcase Tapestry 360, a slate of new 360 films recently created by seven Seattle youth, alongside 360 films created by a group of Syrian youth living in a refugee camp in Jordan, produced by Al Jazeera and executive producer Zahra Rasool. Check out the full list of content below the screening times.

The SIFF VR Zone at Pacific Place will include both 360 Storytelling stations, presenting arthouse-level 360 video content and an Interactive Gallery featuring interactive experiential content in 8-10 individual booths.

General Admission: $25 | $20 Members
Includes a 90 minute time slot to explore over two dozen VR and 360 video experiences.

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