2019 DTLA Film Festival
L.A. DOME FILM SERIES
Review by Ross Anthony

I enjoyed a media intensive day at the Film Festival's Dome Series hosted by Vortex in a pop-up on the spot Dome located right in DTLA. With 17+ films shown, I really expected to be worn by the end of the day with over stimulation, but that was not the case. I felt wide awake, even energized. I've always enjoyed large format and other alternative interesting ways to present film like VR, AR etc, so I was eager to see what content was being produced for the dome these days.

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Some films were richer than other. Here are the titles that made the most powerful immersive impression on me: Urban Levitation, Immersive, Sphere, and Four Elements (especially the first 2 elements – wow!). Definitely catch those if you have a chance.

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The best "dome day" moments hypnotized with images floating overhead. You could let go of reality for a time and allow the theatre to disappear. It's a stirring feeling that blends vulnerability and beauty. In fact, one film gave me the sensation of flying in dreams (one of my favorite experiences as a human). I've never experimented with drugs, but I expect these dome moments approach that sensation. So much so that Ed Lantz (President, Vortex Immersion Media) even commented that he could see in the future some people choosing to lock themselves into these experiences, and out of real life all together. Perhaps that's scary non-real reality, but then again, chocolate is awesome if you don't overdo it. (I'm very glad for chocolate.)

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Vortex offered three types of seating: sofas in the back, regular folding chairs in the mid-section majority, and comprising the first few rows: floor rockers (you know, the kind that sometimes come with built-in sound systems). I tried the sofas, then the rockers. Both have their advantages, but the rockers certainly win out because you can easily lean back or forward in real time to follow the action on the screen. Plus, when you're propped all the way back and facing straight up you see nothing but the screen – the best possible way to lose yourself in the film. Btw, a few people opted for a fourth method, they laid directly on the floor. I also experimented with removing my glasses or simply squinting to help eliminate peripheral distractions.

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Additionally Vortex presented a sizzling preview for its "Mesmerica" (a live in-theatre musician plays percussion instruments while juicy custom-tailored, artistic psychedelic graphics dance to the beat). I'll be looking forward to putting that show on my schedule. If you are too … here's its schedule: www.jameshood.com/360-splash


  • 2019 DTLA Film Festival: L.A. DOME FILM SERIES. Copyright © 2019. Live event review by Ross Anthony based on October, 26, 2019 visit • Los Angeles, CA .

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