Tribeca Talks: Virtual Reality - Kathryn Bigelow & Imraan Ismail - The Protectors

Tribeca Talks

60 MINUTES

TRIBECA TALKS: VIRTUAL REALITY - KATHRYN BIGELOW & IMRAAN ISMAIL - THE PROTECTORS

At a special VR premiere, Academy Award®-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and co-creator Imraan Ismail discuss their collaboration on Virtual Reality documentary The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes. The experience, from National Geographic, Here Be Dragons, Annapurna Pictures, and African Parks chronicles a day in the life of the rangers in Garamba National Park. Conversation to be followed by the VR premiere with Kathryn Bigelow, Imraan Ismail, Andrea Heydlauf with African Parks, and Rachel Webber from National Geographic.

PANELISTS

Rachel Webber

Rachel Webber

Rachel Webber serves as National Geographic Partners’ Executive Vice President of Digital Product, overseeing product development, technology, digital storytelling, and community development. Before joining National Geographic, Webber served as Senior Vice President, Fox Television Group where she helped drive new business growth for the Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television. Previously, Webber served as Vice President of Video at Rovio Entertainment where she launched and managed Rovio’s digital video business, and as an executive at Tumblr where she helped develop the social platform’s partnerships in the entertainment industry. Webber began her career at News Corporation working in the company’s New York, Los Angeles, and Sydney offices, after graduating magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow

Two-time Oscar® winner, Kathryn Bigelow, is the director/producer behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Her next projects include The Protectors, a virtual reality short, and Untitled Detroit Project. Imraan Ismail is a writer, director, and visual artist. His films have been featured internationally at Tribeca, Sundance, and Cannes..

Andrea Heydlauf

Andrea Heydlauf

Andrea Heydlauff is the Chief Marketing Officer for African Parks, a conservation NGO that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments across Africa. She earned her Master’s in Wildlife Biology and has over 15 years of experience in global conservation, is an author on numerous scientific and popular publications is an award-winning filmmaker.

Imraan Ismail

Imraan Ismail

Two-time Oscar® winner, Kathryn Bigelow, is the director/producer behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Her next projects include The Protectors, a virtual reality short, and Untitled Detroit Project. Imraan Ismail is a writer, director, and visual artist. His films have been featured internationally at Tribeca, Sundance, and Cannes..