‘Project Immerse’ is a deepfake paranoid thriller that places participants within a virtual experience that mixes story, play, and web pervasive technologies. Designed to work in Zoom and Miro, a collaborative whiteboard platform, ‘Project Immerse’ takes these web tools and subverts them into a thrill ride that leverages elements of film, immersive theatre, ARGs, and escape rooms into a collaborative storytelling experience. The piece explores the challenges associated with deepfakes, shallow fakes, and bots. All the images, videos, audio, and text – about 90% of the experience is created with AI. The end result is a unique storytelling experience that explores deception, conspiracy, and the way humans create meaning and make connections.
How to watch
How do I experience ‘Project Immerse’?
‘Project Immerse’ is an online experience that takes place on Zoom and Miro, a collaborative whiteboard platform. You need Zoom and a laptop or desktop compute with internet connection.
How do I get access?
When buying a ticket you receive a confirmation e-mail. 24 hours before the announced screening date you will receive a direct link to join the event at the scheduled date and time.
Lance Weiler, co-creator, co-writer, director (USA)
Lance Weiler is a storyteller who experiments with code. He teaches at Columbia University School of the Arts where he also is the founding director of the school’s Digital Storytelling Lab.
Nick Fortugno, co-creator, narrative designer (USA)
Nick Fortugno is an entrepreneur, interactive narrative designer and game designer based in New York City. He is a founder and principal of Playmatics, an interactive development company.
Char Simpson, co-writer (USA)
Char Simpson is a writer and creative producer. They create branching narrative and interactive experiences in the intersection of horror and humor. Their work has premiered at Tribeca Film Festival’s Virtual Arcade, Cannes XR, the idfa DocLab Forum, and others.
Zeke Zelker, co-creator/producer (USA)
Zeke Zelker is an award-winning filmmaker and entrepreneur who has an uncanny way of developing revenue sources for the stories he tells that are told across multiple mediums. Some of his projects include Billboard, InSearchOf, Pandemic 1.0, and Loggerheads.