What’s going on in immersive storytelling is analogous to the truly independent American cinema of the 70s (or any of the other ‘New Waves’) where there was a lot of freedom and excitement to try new things. Art in general should always be searching for the new and undefined—immersive storytelling is providing that spark right now.
A new wave of creators are headed to NYFF to blur the lines of storytelling to span multiple platforms. Here’s what you need to know about Convergence.
We’re targeting someone who enjoys films, but who is at the point in life where their career is getting more serious, their family life is expanding, and they want to be able to experience new and interesting films, but there are more important priorities for them. We want to be there to say, we know that your time is limited and valuable, we want to make you feel like you’re making the most out of your time. There are so many great things out there, but you can’t expect everyone to search for them. There are a lot of companies out there that talk about making life easier, but is life better when your most treasured resource - time - is being wasted? So for our typical customer, time is truly valuable.
KC McLeod, Vyer Films CEO
We talk to KC McLeod about Vyer Films, an upstart subscription service aims to introduce curation into the formula.
Considering the hybrid terrain between docs and journalism, one wonders if, in the future, a hybrid sort of art form could emerge with doc viewings on VOD platforms. Since such docs aren’t typically the most cinematic works anyway, one imagines that not all that much would be lost be viewing such films on one’s laptop, and an added advantage could come into play - perhaps journo-docs, as we might call them, could feature links to various articles, essays, and interviews throughout their running time, with a sort of “works cited” list of links at the end?
This week’s Racking Focus looks at Michael Moore’s recent statements about the state of documentary filmmaking.