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Virtual Escape

Special Presentations


MDC’s Miami Film Festival’s Virtual Escape will present 7 projects of virtual reality and 360° video technology that offer an immersive experience to the viewer. This thrilling exhibition is an extra-cinematic experience not to be missed.

Virtual Escape is available only at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami

Ticket Prices: Skip the lines and purchase your Virtual Escape Advance Pass today, for only $10! Your ticket includes all Virtual Escape films.
One (1) Ticket per day.
Total Approximate Run Time: 60 min.

Virtual Escape Hours:

Saturday, March 10 (5:00 – 9:00 PM)
Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Saturday, March 17 (5:00 – 9:00 PM)
Sunday, March 18 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

Virtual Escape includes:


Directed and Written by: Kevin Sharpley
Design and Animation by: Gianfranco Bianchi
Producers: Kevin Sharpley and Andy Schefter

VR ProducerJonathan Herrera from New Discovery Media

The Beach Chronicles is a pulp, noir, sci-fi saga centered on gambling, rambling, hard-boiled detective Dirk Jenson who lives and works out of South Beach, Florida. Dirk Jenson is unknowingly drawn into the biggest battle of all time, the battle for all existence and along with his partners Jacques Jean Jille and Johnny Running Eagle, they hold the key to salvation for us all. The Beach Chronicles exists on many platforms, the virtual reality version of which will debut at the Miami Film Festival Virtual Escape 2018. Derived from the animated version of the project, the VR component features a pivotal scene from the animated short, with the voice talent of actress Daryl Hannah as Aurora the Mothunivese of the Sunters. In keeping with the immersive media elements of the project, there will also be the debut of the second Comic Book and companion Podcast version of the project featuring Rami Jaffee, of the music group The Foo Fighters as Stingray the Assassin and actor Jimmy Jean Louis, of the TNT show CLAWS as Jacques Jean Jille, in addition to project artwork by artist Miguel Paredes.


Director: Theodore Ushev
Run Time: 8 minutes
Produced by: National Film Board of Canada

Vaysha is not like other little girls: she was born with a left eye that sees only the past and a right eye that sees only the future, and she cannot live in the present. Should she poke out one of her eyes so that she can live in the other’s temporal reality? Or is she doomed to perceive the world from this perplexing perspective?

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Director: Vincent McCurley
Run Time: 6 minutes
Produced by: National Film Board of Canada

In a world of AI and self-driving cars, who determines the ethics algorithm to handle emergency situations? In this VR vignette, the user is slowed down to bullet-time, becoming the computer, and is forced to confront a hard decision where there is plenty of data, but no easy answer.

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Director: Benoit Lichté
Run Time: 10 minutes

This series of 3 short VR films in 360° video focuses on the themes of free immersion apnea, the study of cetaceans, and the importance of yoga and breathing for free-divers. The film features three of the most accomplished free-divers worldwide: William Trubridge, current world record holder in free-diving, Fabrice Schnöller, free-diver and cetacean researcher, and Sara Campbell, yogi and world record holding free-diver.

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Director: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson and NFB
Run Time: 20 minutes
Produced by: National Film Board of Canada

Using data-driven storytelling wizardry, Seances offers the audience just one chance to see this film before it disappears.

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Director: Nancy Lee & Emmalena Fredriksoon
Run Time: 4 minutes
Produced by: National Film Board of Canada

Tidal Traces is a 360-video VR dance piece where where the viewer joins in—directly composing the performance through their gaze.

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Director: Vincent Morisset, Caroline Robert, Édouard Lanctôt-Benoit and the studio AATOAA
Produced by: National Film Board of Canada and France Televisions


Way to Go is an interactive experience for human beings between 5 and 105 years old. Maybe it lasts six minutes; maybe it lasts forever. Way to Go is ready for your web browser and willing to go VR, if you’re Rift-y. It is like a grey squirrel balanced on a branch, fearless. the National Film Board of Canada, co-produced by France Televisions, with a mesmerizing soundtrack by Philippe Lambert, it is a game and a solace and an alarm, a wake-up call to the hazards of today. At a moment when we have access to so much, and see so little, Way to Go will remind you of all that lies before you, within you, in the luscious, sudden pleasure of discovery.

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