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NYFF Convergence: The Intersection of Technology + Storytelling

[Image Credits: filmlinc.org]

[Image Credits: filmlinc.org]

Focusing on the intersection of technology and storytelling, NYFF Convergence (which is broken into three categories: Films, Panels, and Interactive Presentations) offers audiences and creators the unique opportunity to experience a curated selection of some of the most exciting interactive projects being produced today. “When we first kicked this thing off [three years ago] it was pretty much all panels all the time,” said NYFF Convergence Programmer Matt Bolish. “We were excited by the quality of the panels with people at the top of their game talking about how audiences were shifting. The audience shift was dictating how creatives to change how they tell their stories. There was a lot of talking about it, which is good. That has its place. This year’s Convergence is as much about showing as telling.” One example of that “showing and telling” is Nathan Punwar’s Loves of a Cyclops about a one-eyed ‘cyclops’ who struggles to fit in and doesn’t see the world in the same way as everyone else. According to Bolish, the audience will see the short film and the director will then be on hand to engage the audience in the creation and the online experience of Loves of a Cyclops. “It’s augmented by this intensive pseudo-archival online experience with photos, video and audio recording,” noted Bolish. “This is something we just didn’t do the first year [of Convergence] and we’re really excited that we’ll have [several] of those experiences in addition to showing films that have an interactive bend to them.”

Source: Immersive Storytelling Takes the Spotlight with the Return of NYFF Convergence – Film Society of Lincoln Center