The Future(s) of VR Video

Tuesday, January 24, 3:00–4:30 p.m.


500 Main St.

With vast potential ahead, VR video has many possible futures. Interactivity, live action photogrammetry, light fields, WebVR, and even artificial intelligence are just a few of the techniques and technologies that will influence the evolution of how we experience video in virtual reality. Join a group of filmmakers, futurists, and VR experts as we explore the future(s) of VR video. Presented by Google

Moderator: Jessica Brillhart, Principal filmmaker, Google VR


Ashley Baccus-Clark is a Molecular and Cellular Biologist and multidisciplinary artist who uses new media and storytelling to explore themes of deep learning, cognition, memory, trauma, and systems of belief.

Aguilar y Wedge is a Cuban-Mexican-American engineer, artist and researcher. In 2014, she co-founded Hyphen-Labs, an international team of women with backgrounds in engineering, science, architecture, turned designers synthesizing art and technology to create meaningful experiences.

Chris Milk is CEO and co-founder of Within, a technology and media company whose mission is to define VR as a new medium for experiential storytelling, and co-founder of virtual reality production company Here Be Dragons. Known for weaving artistic and technological innovations in pursuit of the new aesthetic, Milk’s acclaimed interactive projects include Wilderness Downtown (with Arcade Fire), The Johnny Cash Project, and The Treachery of Sanctuary. His interactive installation artworks have been showcased at the MoMA, the Tate Modern, and museums the world over. Milk presented at TED 2015 on the power of virtual reality to advance humanity, and at TED 2016 on virtual reality as the last medium of storytelling.

Jenna Pirog is the Virtual Reality Editor at The New York Times Magazine. She has produced 10 VR projects for the Times, most recently L.A. Noir, a collection of narrative film-noir inspired virtual reality films for The Magazine's annual Great Performers portfolio. She was part of the team that launched NYT VR in November 2015 and produced the Times's first virtual reality film, The Displaced, which won first prize in Innovative Storytelling in World Press Photo.

Jorge R. Gutiérrez is a painter, writer and director born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana. Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, and paintings exploring his love of Mexican pop and folk culture. He and his wife Sandra Equihua created the multiple Emmy Award-winning animated television series, "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera" for Nickelodeon, and he most recently co-wrote and directed "The Book of Life" for Reel FX and 20th Century Fox, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Loc Dao is the Chief Digital Officer for the NFB(National Film Board of Canada). He's the co-founder (along with partner in crime Rob McLaughlin) of the groundbreaking NFB Digital and CBC Radio 3 studios and their industry shifting bodies of work.

Panels are open to all Festival credential holders on a space-available basis.


Jessica Brillhart
Ashley Baccus-Clark
Aguilar Wedge
Chris Milk
Jenna Pirog
Jorge Gutierrez
Loc Dao
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