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Get to Know a Genius: Chris Milk Will Be Tribeca Film Festival's Inaugural Featured Creator at Spring Studios

Today: American artist, director, and entrepreneur Chris Milk.


Chris Milk has built a name for himself with his trailblazing interactive projects and famed history as go-to director of wondrous, well-made music videos. In that latter endeavor, Milk has collaborated with artists as diverse as Audioslave, Gnarls Barkley, Green Day, Courtney Love, Modest Mouse, U2, and Kanye West. At present, Milk is boldly working on groundbreaking virtual reality projects through his new endeavor, Vrse, along with a collective of artists, technicians, thinkers, and innovators in the field. In just the past few years, Milk has managed to bring a sense of unparalleled artistry, impeccable craft, and eye-catching beauty to the virtual reality space. A selection of his VR pojects will be featured throughout Spring Studios including "Evolution of Verse," a 3.5-minute short that places users in beautiful, post-card-ready, computer-generated landscapes, and "Clouds Over Sidra," an eye-opening, humanitarian-minded project, produced by UNICEF, that puts users in the shoes of a 12-year-old Syrian refugee in a Zaatari camp in Jordan. Let's take a look back at some of the stunning, resonant work within Milk's extensive portfolio.

2010: Described as a "living portrait of the Man in Black," "The Johnny Cash Project" is a "unique, communal work" that encouraged users to contribute their own portraits of the titular musical legend to be featured in a music video of the late Cash's single "Ain't No Way." The final result featured the work of over 250,000 submitters from 172 different countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010: Milk and Arcade Fire create a user-personalized, experimental music video project called "The Wilderness Downtown," which goes on to win a Grand Prix prize at the 2011 Cannes Advertising Awards (Cyber category). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2011: Featuring the music of Danger Mouse, Italian composer Daniele Luppi, and Norah Jones, Rome: Three Dreams of Black is an interactive film full of surprising, mind-bending animations, all scored to songs off of Danger Mouse's and Luppi's Spaghetti Western-influenced album Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2012: A work of marvelous execution and gorgeously profound intent, Milk's "The Treachery of Sanctuary" is, in the artist's own words, "a large-scale interactive triptych: a story of birth, death, and transfiguration that uses projections of the participants’ own bodies to unlock a new artistic language."


2013: Co-presented by Google and Britain's Tate Modern and featured in the Tribeca Film Festival's opening Storyscapes showcase, Milk's "This Exquisite Forest" is a delightfully collaborative, experimental art project that allows users to create brief animations that endlessly expand on the work of other participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Want to experience first-hand the dazzling exhibitions of Milk and other visionary VR artists, all taking place inside the festival’s newest downtown creative hub, Spring Studios, located at 50 Varick Street? Order your Spring Passes now!

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Here's your first look at the exciting new web creations and fresh online storytellers selected for the fourth annual edition of our ongoing online initiative Tribeca N.O.W., coming this April to #Tribeca2017. From short genre films by female filmmakers to a slate of shorts from @NYTimes' OpDocs series to a #StandingRock documentary executive produced by #ShaileneWoodley, this program has it all. See the full lineup. Link in bio.
Happy Saturday from Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel on the set of RESERVOIR DOGS (1992). Tickets are now available for our 25th anniversary screening. Link in bio.
These creators stand at the forefront of online storytelling. And they're part of the fourth edition of Tribeca N.O.W. at #Tribeca2017, encompassing everything from new @RealEliRoth horror to a documentary about #StandingRock, executive produced by @ShaileneWoodley. Discover more. Link in bio.
Today's Tribeca selection for #WomensHistoryMonth is another Nora Ephron Prize winner, this time from an Italian director who we cannot wait to see expand her cinematic vision in more and more projects. In Laura Bispuri's bold, soulful debut SWORN VIRGIN (2015), the chameleonic Alba Rohrwacher stuns as an Albanian woman struggling with a shifting sense of gender after living as a man for fourteen years, in accordance with an old Kanun law that allows women to change their gender and escape their destiny as wife and servant, albeit at an ultimate personal price. Bispuri's deeply meditative drama deserves a much larger audience. Find a way to experience it.
@ElisabethMossOfficial, @whododatlikedat, #JosephFiennes, @TheRealYvonneStrahovski, #AlexisBledel, @MADBREW, and more are bringing @Hulu's new #TheHandmaidsTale, helmed by Tribeca favorite @ReedMorano and based on Margaret Atwood's acclaimed, more-timely-than-ever novel, to #Tribeca2017 for its world premiere. @HandmaidsOnHulu is the story of Gilead, a modern-day totalitarian society facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property. So, you know, not at all relevant... Learn more about this exciting new series and the many other programs coming to the second edition of Tribeca TV through the link in the bio.

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