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Are you looking for new cinematic sensations? The Portland Art Museum & Northwest Film Center is excited to partner with the Phi Centre (Montreal, Canada) as the exclusive U.S. venue for VR TO GO.

Date nights, family nights, friend hangs, and me time all just got a whole lot more interesting! Experience some of the best virtual reality out there today created by major international artists, filmmakers, provocateurs, and storytellers—all from the comfort of your own home. A rental of a VR TO GO all-in-one headset allows you to experience breathtaking, unexpected, and moving moments where you’re not just watching passively on the couch—you are immersed in the space and actively a part of the story. The selected projects change quarterly and are curated by PAM and Phi Centre, the premier multi-media hub for VR and immersive art in North America. All of the featured projects have won awards at major international festivals and are considered some of the best work in the world showcasing the possibilities of what’s next.

December 3, 2021 – March 4, 2022

Accused No. 2: Walter Sisulu

Directed by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte, Accused No. 2 is a historical documentary that brings to life the 1964 trial testimony and cross-examination of Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela’s mentor and the unsung hero of the ANC’s fight against Apartheid in South Africa. (France, 15 minutes, English, 2018.)

Daughters of Chibok

Directed and produced by Joel ‘Kachi Benson, Daughters of Chibok is a documentary dealing with the aftermath of Boko Haram’s kidnapping of Nigerian girls from their school in 2014, and exploring important global issues of gender rights and the right to education. (Nigeria, 11 minutes, English, 2019.)

Everest

Directed and written by Jonathan Griffith, Everest is a documentary in which the viewer joins climbers on an expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in one of the most immersive adventure experiences ever captured. (USA, 10 minutes, English, 2019.)

Still from Gloomy Eyes

Gloomy Eyes

Directed by Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Tereso, Gloomy Eyes tells of a time after the sun, tired of humans, decided to hide and never rise again…and the ensuing darkness awoke the dead from their graves. In this story that narrator Colin Farrell calls “the most beautiful thing I have ever been a part of,” a zombie kid and a mortal girl fall in love and form a deep connection that not even the most powerful man in town can destroy. (France; 6 minutes, 48 seconds; English, French, Spanish; 2019.)

Still from Goodbye Mr. Octopus

Goodbye Mr. Octopus

Directed by Amaury Campion. On her 16th birthday, Stella and father Leonard get into a big fight when he refuses to let her participate in the final soccer championship with her team in Australia. Upset, she blames her overprotective father, saying he is the reason her mother, a star anthropologist who lives on the other side of the world, left them. But a letter from her mom will shift Stella’s perspective. Heartfelt and illuminating, Goodbye Mr. Octopus invites the viewer to follow Stella as she learns much more about herself, her family, and what it means to grow up. (France, USA, 8 minutes, English, 2020.) 

Le Lac

Written and directed by Nyasha Kadandara, Le Lac is an environmental documentary dreamscape where liquid gives way to dust. Set in the Central African oasis of Lake Chad, a once rejuvenating source of life for millions that is now 90% depleted, the film is a meditation on nature and survival under threat from climate change and political upheaval. (Chad/Kenya/Zimbabwe, 9 minutes, English, 2019.)

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness

Directed by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton and James Spinney,  Notes on Blindness is a biographical documentary that provides a virtual reality experience based on the audio diary of a writer and academic, John Hull, who has completely lost his sight. (France, United Kingdom, 7 minutes, English, 2016.)

The Real Thing

Directed by Benoit Felici and co-directed by Mathias Chelebourg, The Real Thing lets viewers travel from Paris to London and Venice without ever leaving their living rooms. The documentary is a journey into China’s replicas of foreign cities and monuments, exploring real-life stories within these parallel worlds. (France, 16 minutes, Mandarin Chinese, subtitles French or English, 2018.)

Still from Spheres

Spheres

Directed by Eliza McNitt. Dive into the heart of a black hole and uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos. In this interactive VR experience, the breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves transforms how we see the Universe. Fall into the darkness, and you will find the light. (USA, 45 minutes, English, 2018.)



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.