The Tribeca Film Festival has hosted many virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree films including the premieres of Oculus Story Studio’s Lost and Baobab Studios’ Invasion! Today the festival has announced it’ll host the world premiere of documentary short The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes next year.
Transporting users to a day in the life of African rangers protecting elephants from ivory poachers, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes was created by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Last Days, The Hurt Locker) and VR creator Imraan Ismail (The Displaced, Valen’s Reef) in partnership with African Parks, National Geographic, Patrick Milling-Smith and Chris Milk’s Here Be Dragons, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.
“We must stop the senseless slaughter of these magnificent and sentient creatures, if not us then who?” said Kathryn Bigelow. “Eliminating the market side of the ivory trade may take generations to be fully effective and extinction will not wait. This film shows the park rangers of Garamba National Park, in the DRC, they are the last line of defence in a desperate war with poachers to stop the ivory trade at its source.”
Also announced Barbra Streisand and Alejandro González Iñárritu as two of the Tribeca Talks conversations with Streisand taking part in the Storytellers series, and Iñárritu will be one of the headline conversations in the Directors Series.
“At Tribeca we celebrate the power that film and art has to transport and unite communities. As the first woman to win the Oscar for directing, Kathryn Bigelow continues to break boundaries in storytelling by using VR to take us to the frontline battle with Ivory poachers in the Congo in the stunning new documentary which she co-directed with Imraan Ismail. We are thrilled to be able to debut this work as part of Tribeca’s renowned VR program,” said Jane Rosenthal, Executive Chair of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder.
The 16th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T, will take place from 19th to 30th April, 2017. Early bird tickets will be priced at $999.00 USD (regular price: $1250.00) beginning 25th November through 31st December, available at tribecafilm.com.
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