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2016 Tribeca Film Festival: Tribeca Film Institute Announces Lineup for 5th Annual TFI Interactive

Written by: FFT Webmaster | April 3rd, 2016

Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI) Announces Lineup for 5th Annual TFI Interactive at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival® (TFF)

TFI Interactive to host Conference, Interactive Playground, and MakerSpace featuring 16 Speakers & 17 Projects

Tribeca Film InstituteNew York, NY – [March, 2016] – Tribeca Film Institute today announced the lineup for TFI Interactive, an all-day immersive event at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, which is supported by Time Warner Foundation. The event, to be held on Saturday, April 16th at the Tribeca Festival Hub at Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, gathers the brightest thinkers and innovators from the worlds of media, art, gaming, technology, maker culture, and activism. The goal of the day is to investigate the role of new media in various industries, as well as its effect on the way we communicate and engage with one another. TFI today also announced the key participants for each of the three main components of the event: the MakerSpace, the Conference, and the Interactive Playground exhibit.

“Through TFI Interactive, we’re proud to offer creators the opportunity to reimagine the world that we live in,” says Opeyemi Olukemi, Senior Director of Interactive Programs at TFI. “As technology is ever-evolving, our program offers ample opportunity for speakers and audience members alike to generate new ideas, collaboration, and conversation. We’re particularly excited to see the expansion of the Interactive Playground, the breadth of Conference speakers, and the launch of the MakerSpace this year.”

The MakerSpace is a segment TFI has added to this year’s TFI Interactive. It will focus on audience expression through three levels of engagement: open workshops on new technologies, such as holographic art and electric paint; largescale exercises on storytelling and design led by industry experts; and deep dive sessions on social issues that aim to bring the audience into a new realm of creation. Its lineup includes leaders from Stanford Mechanical Engineering Design Group, Black Lives Matter, IBM, littleBits, Art Beyond Sight, and the teams behind TFI-funded new media projects Notes of Blindness and The Argus Project.

TFI Interactive’s Conference component has been expanded this year to focus on a wider array of disciplines in order to examine interactivity among them. The Conference’s lineup of speakers this year features pioneering leaders from the worlds of storytelling, community, technology, and maker culture, including:

  • Joanna Peña-Bickley— Global Chief Creative Officer at IBM Interactive Experience
  • Jessica Brillhart— Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google
  • Dr. Doron Friedman— Senior Lecturer, Sammy Ofer School of Communications, IDC Herzliya
  • Matt Johnson— CEO and Co-Founder of Bare Conductive
  • Jasmine Lobe — Observer Columnist
  • Kristin Neidlinger — Futurist Designer
  • Samuel Sinyangwe—Policy Analyst, Data Scientist, Cofounder of Campaign Zero
  • Dark Tangent/Jeff Moss — Founder of DEF CON and Black Hat

COMPLESSITÁ, an interactive installation/performance by Enrica Beccalli and Roula Gholmieh, will end the Conference portion of the event.


TFI Interactive’s Interactive Playground will continue to offer festival-goers the opportunity to connect to and experiment with a wide array of technology-driven projects whose subject matter ranges from music-making vagabonds to mortuary-freezer-powered recreations of celebrities’ final moments.

Famous Deaths
Famous Deaths

Projects featured in this year’s Interactive Playground include:

  • FAMOUS DEATHS, the final moments in the lives of famous individuals as recreated through sound and scent using an installation comprised of mortuary freezers. This project will continue to live in the Hub until April 23.
  • PEARL, a mobile VR story, created by Google Spotlight Stories, which follows a single, guitar‐playing dad and his young daughter as they travel the country making music.
  • TETRAGRAMS, a fast-paced collaborative mashup of Tetris and Tangrams brought together by smartphones.
  • QUINN, a live-action, choose-your-own-adventure story that combines the thrill of an escape room with a story that evolves as decisions are made.
  • BB-8 DROID, an app-enabled droid that explores the limitless possibilities of connecting humans with machines.
  • FORMA, a multi-user VR experience in which four visitors enter virtual reality together as Golem figures and, through their gestures, unearth a new world.

Media support for TFI Interactive will be provided by Observer and Digiday. TFI-invited guests, TFF badge holders, Festival Hub pass holders, TFI Interactive event ticketholders, and TFI Members are all encouraged to attend. For information on how to become a TFI member, please visit: To buy a TFF badge or pass, please visit:

The TFI Interactive schedule is as follows:

Conference (full detailed lineup follows): 11AM – 7PM; Playground: 12PM –  9PM; and MakerSpace: 12PM – 7PM.


Time Segment Presenter
11:00 Welcome Remarks Opeyemi Olukemi — Senior Director, Interactive at Tribeca Film Institute
11:03 Story Keynote
11:20 Technology Talk Joanna Peña Bickley — Global Chief Creative Officer at IBM InteractiveExperience
11:30 Community Talk Mariana Santos — Director Interactive at Fusion
11:40 Maker Talk Matt Johnson — CEO and Co-Founder of Bare Conductive
12:00 MakerSpace Activity IBM’s Joanna Peña Bickley — Global Chief Creative Officer at IBM Interactive Experience
1:00 Technology Keynote Harlo Holmes — Digital Security Trainer
1:20 Community Talk Melissa Malzkuhn — Director at Motion Light Lab
1:30 Maker Talk Kipp Bradford — Founder of kippkitts
1:40 Story Talk Andrew Essex — CEO, Tribeca Enterprises
2:00 MakerSpace Activity Dr. Barbara Karanian — Lecturer/Founder Design Entrepreneuring Studio, Stanford University
3:00 Community Keynote Samuel Sinyangwe — Policy Analyst, Data Scientist, Cofounder of Campaign Zero
3:20 Maker Talk Sougwen Chung — Artist
3:30 Story Talk Mike Kamber — War Photographer, Cofounder of Bronx Documentary Center
3:40 Technology Talk Jessica Brillhart — Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google
4:00 MakerSpace Activity TFI + IDFA Doc Lab’s Musical Crowd Experience
5:00 Maker Keynote Kristin Neidlinger — Futurist Designer
5:20 Story Talk Jasmine Lobe — Observer Columnist
5:30 Technology Talk Dr. Doron Friedman — Senior Lecturer, Sammy Ofer School of Communications, IDC Herzliya
5:40 Community Talk Dark Tangent — Founder of the Black Hat and DEF CON computer hacker conferences
6:00 Closing Remarks Anna Ponder — Executive Director, Tribeca Film Institute
6:05 Closing Performance Complessità


MakerSpace Level I    Located within the TFI Interactive Playground, this space will allow the audience to create small interactive projects through a hands-on open workshop.  Activities will include Bare Conductive’s Electric PaintSeries, iPhone Holograms, and Kill Your iPhone Faraday Cases.

Accessible from 12—7 PM

MakerSpace Level II  Across three sections of the TFI Interactive Conference, the audience will participate in a series of exercises — led by industry experts — that will encourage building cross-disciplinary relationships with fellow conference-goers.

12—1 PM         Joanna Peña Bickley — Global Chief Creative Officer at IBM Interactive Experience

2—3 PM            Dr. Barbara Karanian — Lecturer/Founder Design Entrepreneuring Studio, Stanford University

4—5 PM            TFI + IDFA Doc Lab’s Musical Crowd Experience

MakerSpace Level III Delving into the central social issues of two projects supported by the TFI New Media Fund, participants will have the opportunity to learn and actively explore particular problem sets facing two distinct communities. The sessions focus on technology’s ability to both enable – in the experience of the blind – and hold powerful and official forces accountable.

12—2 PM         Notes on Blindness

2—4 PM            The Argus Project

About Tribeca Film Institute: (

Tribeca Film Institute champions cutting-edge storytelling for social change in our communities and around the world. Each year, we identify a diverse group of exceptional filmmakers and media artists then empower them with funding and resources to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. Further, our education programs empower students through hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, offering young people the media skills necessary to be creative and productive global citizens. We are a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001.


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