ReFrame Film Festival Showcases Three Immersive VR Films That Highlight Environment, Culture

ReFrame Film Festival held its annual event from January 23 to 26 downtown Peterborough for its community celebration of documentary film and media art.
ReFrame, along with the Innovation Cluster and other sponsors presented three groundbreaking works of VR documentary at the 2020 festival. Viewings took place in the VentureNorth lobby (270 George St. N.), where the public was welcome to sign up or drop in to watch the films throughout the event.
Films included:
A story about how total immersion in another culture can change our understanding of family and love.
Every year, Canada receives hundreds of thousands of students from around the world. To make the most of their Canadian experience, many opt to live with a host family. HomeStay is one family’s story of life with international students – a look at how complete immersion in another culture can create a clash of expectations and change our understanding of family, hospitality, nationality and love.
2167: An Indigenous VR Project
Indigenous filmmakers and artists imagine Indigenous life 150 years in the future.
In these short bursts of VR, we get an immersive experience in the creative depictions of Indigenous stories. While exploring what Indigeneity will mean in the future in the Canadian context, each film takes a different and unique approach to these complex subjects. They are thought provoking and beautiful pieces of interactive filmmaking.
Mother of the Forest
Examining the hollow space of a sequoia ecosystem under stress to understand that trees are storytellers.
Mother of the Forest is an immersive virtual reality experience that explores a sequoia tree’s ecosystem through embodied perspectives of various species. Through the use of 360 video, digital environment design and interactivity, Mother of the Forest pairs scientific information gathered from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks experts with artistic creation to exhibit the hidden truth, beauty and precarity at play in this ecology.

The VR Hub is sponsored by the Innovation Cluster, Peterborough DBIA, National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Film Centre, OCAD University and imagine NATIVE.
The ReFrame Film Festival is a community celebration of documentary film and media art, with a lens on social and environmental justice, that is held at the end of January each year in Peterborough. The festival attracts diverse audiences from across Ontario, to view independent Canadian and International films, to meet filmmakers and artists, and to and participate in educational opportunities intended to foster community engagement in the arts.